If you currently have a paid membership, you can upgrade and the balance goes towards an ultimate membership ?
If you buy an Ultimate Subscription, it includes the Irish Fiddle Variation course for one year (along with access to the main course, Art of Fiddling and all practice materials).
So if you are only interested in the Irish fiddle variation course, you would want to just get that. If you want access to all the other lessons and materials in the course, you’d want to get the Ultimate Subscription.
You may be thinking, “This sounds confusing. Why did you set it up that way?” Good question! The reason for this setup is that I’d like different people to be able to use FiddleHed in a way that best suits them.
Other people may want full access to the course and so they’d be better off with an Ultimate Subscription. For instance, they might want to learn about Irish fiddle variation but then apply it to other styles of music I teach, like old-time or klezmer.
Do you have any more questions about the course?
If so, please leave in a comment below. Lots of other people might have the same question. If you’re unsatisfied with the course or want something different than what you purchased, just email us at [email protected].
Try out the course, and if you’re not satisfied, just email me within thirty days of purchase and I’ll refund your money ?
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Here's a newer version of the Notefinder which is based on sheet music.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.