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Facebook Play Along Irish Sessions, Irish Trad Fiddle lessons on YouTube, and more

Posted by flyingfrog on Sunday, September 20, 2020

I reckon it’s been quite a while since I’ve shared much with y’all here at the Fiddle Hangout. I didn't mean to disappear for several years as I did! Then again, I haven’t ever been sure of the best way to reach out and share things from my end with you interested fiddlers out there…and I still don’t, to be honest.

But I'll give 'er a go here with a brand new blog, as I’d like to catch up some and invite y’all to check out what I have to offer to fiddlers of all ages and abilities in the time of COVID-19.

You can find me most every Monday leading a live streaming Play Along Irish Trad Slow Session at 6pm ET/5pm CT on my personal Facebook page ( I’ve been leading “workshop style” Irish sessions and “slow sessions” for many years now, first for student players in Fairhope, Alabama and then here in Chattanooga TN starting soon after my move to to the city three years ago. I’ve also led Irish Slow Session workshop classes at fiddle and string camps including Fiddle Hell Massachusetts and Strings Without Boundaries in Omaha. Since the middle of March, as closures and quarantines took over, I shifted to an online version of the session. All folks have to do is visit my Facebook page at the appropriate time, and I’m there for about an hour playing through a pre-determined playlist of jigs, reels and other great Irish Trad tunes, not too slow and not too fast. (I also add a few Old-Time tunes on occasion!) This coming Monday, Sept. 21st, I’ll be leading the 25th Monday Play Long session since I started! And fiddlers tune in and play along from coast to coast, from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon and Wisconsin to Florida. I invite everyone who enjoys playing Irish Trad tunes at any level to check it out, and join the community of players who regularly play along with me now.

My YouTube channel now has twenty Irish Trad fiddle tune tutorials, that’s twenty free lessons each about 15 minutes in length, with two cameras to show a “fiddler’s eye view” of my fingers on the strings to help learn the tunes by ear. From 2014-2019 I was a regular contributor to the online-only digital magazine iFiddle and I prepared these video lessons for each issue, but they were only seen at the time by a small number of subscribers. I’ve been given permission to make these videos public now for everyone to watch, enjoy and learn from. I hope everyone in the Fiddle Hangout will check out some of my free video lessons, and also please subscribe to my channel.

Like every single other fiddle teacher on the planet, I am available for fiddle lessons via Zoom or FaceTime. My specialty is Irish fiddling for beginning and intermediate players, but I also love Old-Time fiddling and Bluegrass and I am happy to share my knowledge and enjoyment of those styles as well. I’m a classically trained violinist and so can also help most any player with technique in general or address specific aspects of playing. Simply contact me here at FH or email me at to schedule an introductory lesson. Your first one is free of charge. I also do some Zoom Fiddle Workshops, where I teach several Irish or Old-Time tunes by ear, and also lead some random Zoom Play Along Sessions (although you’ll mainly find me on my Facebook page doing those as described above). Again, contact me via email and request to be added to my email list, and then when I schedule a Zoom workshop or session, you’ll be notified.

These are just some of the ways I am trying to make myself available and helpful to the fiddle community recently! There’s more than that, and I will share more items of interest (at least I hope you’ll find them of interest) here on my blog in the weeks to come.

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