Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
In this lesson, we’ll learn:
- How to finger on A string.
- Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (our first tune with two parts).
- How to add fiddle variation to this and other melodies.
Let’s play another game of call-and-response to learn Twinkle Little Star. Try to first learn it by ear with me in the video. If you get stuck, refer to the “Learning Chunks” below.
If you review what you did yesterday you can take another step today.
As usual, start by bowing on open strings with a nice sound.
Triplets G to D
Skedaddle A to D
Tremolo bow A to E
Next, warm up the left hand. Play different rhythms. Pause to listen to the drone note.
D1 with an E drone
D2 with an F# drone
D3 with a G drone
Let’s now practice fingering on the A string. The first finger on the A string is called B:
A1 with a B drone
A part, first half
A part, second half
Full play-along track, tabs, & sheet music
Try to sing, whistle or hum the melody before you learn it on fiddle. I recommend you learn it with plucking (pizzicato) before using the bow. This tends to make it easier.
Notice that the form of the tune is A/B/A and that the B part is the same exact line played twice. So to do the whole song, we just play the A part, the B part and then the A part again.
First half: D0-0-A0-0-1-1-0
Second half: D3-3-2-2-1-1-0
First half: A0-0-D3-3-2-2-1
Second half: A0-0-D3-3-2-2-1
Low fiddle mix
Sheet musicSign up for a Trial Subscription to access all audio, sheet music, tabs and other learning content.
Sheet music video
Learn to intuitively read sheet music with this animated video. If you’re an absolute beginner, then I suggest you don’t worry about fo it for the moment.
This is here for continuing students who want to learn about sheet music. It’s part of the Note-Reading For Fiddlers course.
This tune is in the key of D so we can practice it with a D drone. Use the drone to slowly work on each part. Then use the play-along loops to further master each part.
Drone in D
Now, take at least five minutes to practice this on your own. In the next lesson, we’ll learn how to add fiddle variation to this melody.
6 responses to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”
As a teacher myself, I’m really impressed with this whole course. It really is excellent.
is there a way to get past 89% ? I finished reflections and fiddle fiddle little star, but stays at 89
Hi Jason – I am maybe an advanced beginner and now sticking with easy tunes as I do some of the note reading course. Question – on the sheet music, why are there letters over notes that are not actually the note letters? For example in the second bar of Twinkle there is a G over the note that is an E and a D over the note that is an A. Next bar the D is over the F and an A is over an F. So confusing!
These letters are for guitar and piano chords in case anyone would like to play along! Sorry for the confusion, there is a small note in the description, but we can enlarge that! Thanks for the heads up, and keep practicing!
I wondered same…
I’m lucky, I’m retired and can practice as much as I want. I normally practice 4-5 times a day, usually 5minutes on the key of the song.
Forwards and backwards. Then work on the suggested parts.