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Irish Fiddle Lessons: Beginner to Advanced Lessons From OAIM

Do you want some top technique tips on how to play Irish fiddle? Take one of OAIM's step by step online Irish fiddle courses and no matter where you are on your Irish fiddle journey, we have a course perfectly graded for your skill level. At the Online Academy of Irish Music you can learn from a carefully constructed repertoire of beginner Irish fiddle tunes to advanced ones. We've further optimised your learning by adding two fun 'play along' traditional Irish music session features - The Jam Session & Virtual Reality Pub sessions. Now you can learn from and play along with some of Ireland's best musicians. Get started learning Irish fiddle at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home by choosing an Irish fiddle course below. Simply create a free OAIM  account and get your first Irish fiddle lesson online for free!


OAIM Irish Fiddle Lessons: Beginner to Advanced Courses

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 [.. Read More]

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Fleadh Tunes for the Fiddle

You may be wondering 'What is a Fleadh tune'?  The Fleadh Cheoil (Festival of Music) is an Irish music competition organised by Comhaltas.  There are county, provincial and 'all-Ireland' levels of competition that take place in Britain, N. America and Ireland.  These all lead to the grand final 'The All Ireland Fleadh' which takes place in Ireland each August.  In this course, Majella teaches suitable tunes for competitors at the fleadh.  However, this course is geared not only at the Fleadh competitor, but also at any fiddle player who wants to learn tunes best suited to the fiddle. The course [.. Read More]

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Clare Fiddle Styles

This is a lively collection of jigs, reels and hornpipes taught by the renowned Clare fiddler Tola Custy. Most of the thirteen tunes taught originate from Co. Clare, which Tola learnt from local players such as his father Frank Custy, Micho Russell, P.J. Crotty and James Cullinane. Tola also includes two of his own compositions in the course - these tunes are already becoming embedded in the local tradition and can be heard in sessions around the County Clare and further afield! Tola takes a progressive approach towards teaching embellishments, the use of chords and variation. He starts by introducing simple [.. Read More]

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Donegal Fiddle Styles

In this course, Aidan passes down the skills, knowledge and repertoire from the great Donegal fiddlers to the fiddle students of OAIM. All the tunes taught are firmly rooted in the Donegal tradition; stalwarts such as 'The Glen Road to Carrick', 'Bundle and Go', 'The Cat that Kittled in Jamie's Wig' and 'Séan sa Cheo' feature amongst others. The fiddling and musical legacy of the Dohertys, the McConnells, James Byrne, Francie Dearg O'Beirn, Con Cassidy, Vincent Campbell and Danny Meehan are frequently referred to throughout Aidan's thirteen tutorials. Bowing techniques feature prominently - the use of the up-bow, tight bowing, [.. Read More]

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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?
  • Do you have a busy life style and find it hard to fit in the time to drive to weekly music lessons or are there no Irish music teachers in your area?

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