A step-by-step course on old-time fiddling

Welcome to the Appalachian Fiddle course! The emphasis is getting the proper feel of the music and learning to add variation.

Instead of building the whole course in advance, I’m making it as I go and responding to your feedback. So let me know what you think in a comment. Thanks! And I hope you thoroughly enjoy these lessons.

The beginner lessons are available to all paid subscribers. The variation lessons are available to Ultimate subscribers. Thanks for your support.


Cross-tuning The Fiddle 

Pulse Bowing 

Georgia Shuffle Bowing

Georgia Shuffle on Tunes – coming soon

Sawmill practice – coming soon

Slides – coming soon


Basic versions are available to all paid members. Variation lessons are available to Ultimate subscribers.

Angeline The Baker – Beginner

Angeline the Baker

Angeline The Baker – VariationThis is available to all paid members.

Blackest Crow – Basic 

Blackest Crow – Variation

Candy Girl

Cripple Creek – Basic

Cripple Creek Variation

Double File – Basic

Double File – Variation

Flop-eared Mule – Basic

Flop-eared Mule – Variation

Frosty Morning – Basic 

Frosty Morning – Variation

Ida Red – Basic

Ida Red – Variation

Kerry Polka – Basic

Kerry Polka – Sawmill Tuning

Magpie – Basic

Magpie – Variation

Oh Susannah – Sawmill Tuning

Shooting Creek – Basic Lesson

Shooting Creek – Intermediate

Soldier’s Joy – Basic Lesson

Soldier’s Joy – Intermediate

Twenty-eighth of January – Basic Lesson

Twenty-Eighth of January  – Variation 

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star – Sawmill Tuning

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star – Melodic Variation – coming soon

Whiskey Before Breakfast

Whiskey Before Breakfast Sawmill-tuning

For more Old-time tunes from the main course, go to the Bluegrass and Old-time Library.

3 responses to “Appalachian Fiddle

  1. I couldn’t find a spot for comment in Angeline the Baker Variation so am using this…I miss the notes written out for the second part. I do much better with notes than tablature. Sorry– maybe it’s age but the music in notes is so much more definitive. Otherwise I really liked the lesson and your suggestions, both with what you do with it and how you want us to experiment. Thanks. Keep up the good work.

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