Fiddle Basics

This course is for the beginner fiddler. It begins with a series of six free lessons which teach how to hold the instrument, proper posture, bowing technique and two easy tunes. Good basic technique is addressed throughout the tutorials. OAIM’s unique, animated fiddle graphics supports the student and helps one to learn more efficiently.

In the subsequent twelve lessons, there is a progressive study of fingering, bowing, tunes and ornamentation. Emphasis is placed on tempo, rhythm and tone when teaching the tunes. The 'Fiddle Basics' course will equip the beginner fiddle player with fourteen great tunes as well as all the necessary rudiments to start the journey down the long and adventurous road of Irish fiddle playing.

We are convinced that learning the fiddle with these innovative lessons couldn't be made easier!


Lessons

FREE

Introduction

Fiddle Basics Lesson 1


Level 1 | Melody

Introduction to the Fiddle, it's components and how it is held.

 

FREE

The Scale of D Major

Fiddle Basics Lesson 2


Level 1 | Melody

Hand and Finger positioning and the Scale of D Major

 

FREE

Twinkle Twinkle

Fiddle Basics Lesson 3


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the scale of D Major

 

FREE

Bowing Technique

Fiddle Basics Lesson 4


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Bowing Basics!

 

FREE

Scale of G

Fiddle Basics Lesson 5


Level 1 | Melody

The Scale of G Major.

 

FREE

Maggie in the Woods

Fiddle Basics Lesson 6


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the scale of G Major.

Polka

Terry Teehan's Polka

Fiddle Basics Lesson 7


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Bowing Basics: Long and Short Bowing for creating Rhythm.

Polka

Britches Full of Stitches

Fiddle Basics Lesson 8


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Bowing Basics: Switching between A and D strings.

Polka

Hole in the Hedge

Fiddle Basics Lesson 9


C Major | Level 1 | Melody

Bowing Basics: The Bottom string of G.

Jig

The Ten Penny Bit

Fiddle Basics Lesson 10


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation Basics: Cuts and Triplets

Jig

Báidín Fheilimi

Fiddle Basics Lesson 11


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation Basics: Cuts and Triplets

Waltz

Tripping Up the Stairs

Fiddle Basics Lesson 12


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Bowed Triplets / One Note Triplets

Jig

The Miller of Glanmire

Fiddle Basics Lesson 13


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation Basics: Rolls

Jig

The Rose in the Heather

Fiddle Basics Lesson 14


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation Basics: Second Finger Rolls

Jig

Rolling in the Ryegrass

Fiddle Basics Lesson 15


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation Basics: Rolls, Triplets.

Reel

Peter O'Bryne's Fancy

Fiddle Basics Lesson 16


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation: Triplets

Jig

Bill Malley's

Fiddle Basics Lesson 17


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Chords and Double Stops

Barndance

The Millstream

Fiddle Basics Lesson 18


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Abundance of Ornamentation!

Reel

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Welcome to OAIM
Online Academy of Irish Music

  • Would you like to become a better musician or singer?
  • Are you on the path to mastering your instrument but need some top technique tips?
  • Are you interested in beginning a journey into Irish music and want to get off to a great start?
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