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The Fun Way To Learn The Fiddle – OLD HOME PAGE
FiddleHed is an online fiddle course designed with the beginner in mind.
Tunes, techniques and concepts are presented in a progressive, step-by-step manner. Even if you’ve been playing a long time, FiddleHed will encourage you to approach fiddling with a “beginner’s mind” so that music is continually fun and interesting. The course contains exclusive videos; extensive play-along tracks for tunes, parts of tunes, scales and exercises; color-coded tabs (for easier pattern recognition), sheet music and extensive notes. Not to mention a well-designed course outline.
We will be adding lessons on other world fiddle styles such as blues, French-Canadian and improvisation. There are also extensive video lessons on how to add variation to the tunes you love.
FiddleHed emphasizes deliberate practice.
It’s key to make the best use of your time when you play. FiddleHed is an incremental approach which teaches the powerful practice tools of drone practice, looping and self-recording. It can be used by absolute beginners or by students and teachers who are looking to supplement classical violin lessons.
The course is the product of over twenty years of giving private lessons to students of all levels and ages and over three years of posting free videos to Youtube. The online lessons are developed and tested with in-person and online students. In other words, what makes FiddleHed good is good students who provide questions, insight and ideas. So thank you for taking part.
Now go fiddle with it…
Here is a quick way for you to access the essential practice tools you need. Under each tab you'll find play-along tracks, tabs and condensed teachings to help you as you practice. This is an evolving idea, so let me know in a comment below if it could be better.
Here's a newer version of the Notefinder which is based on sheet music. If you're interested in learning to read, this will be an invaluable reference. I'll be posting lessons on this in 2020.
Note: the brackets indicate notes that are the same pitch but spelled differently. For example, AH3 (D#) sounds the same as AL4 (Eb). Without going into too much teory detail here, this will be determined by the key of the tune or piece you are playing.
Here's he original table version of the Notefinder. Sometimes people learn in different ways...
Sawmill tuning Notefinder
This is used to find notes in Sawmill tuning (when the G string is tuned up to A and the D string is tuned up to E). If you're a beginner...best to ignore this! Learn more about sawmill tuning in the Appalachian Fiddle course.
Here are some common scales used in fiddle tunes. Each runs through a series of variations: two bows legato, two bows staccato, four bows, tucka (4 shorts, two longs), hoedown (1 long, two shorts), throwaway bow, triplets, tremolo.
G Major, starting on D3
Practice a tune with its scale (Kerry Polka is in G major, so practice a G major scale). Practice scales before, during and after practicing tunes.
Always return to a good sound, even if it means playing quarter notes on the D string. You can do this! You just have to remember to pause on practicing the challenging thing and just get a good sound on single notes.
Why do this? Because it will bring you deep joy. And it will build your confidence which will inspire further practice.