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Jun 22, 2022 - 6:55:50 PM
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3 posts since 3/26/2018

Been on and off the fiddle for years and never achieved much. Now in my middle forties and have more time on my hands and would really like to learn. I know the basic but that's it. I don't have a teacher in my area so where can I find one or video that's good. Mainly interested in blue grass and applachain music.

Jun 22, 2022 - 7:10:39 PM

13335 posts since 9/23/2009

If you've got the money to spend on it Blue Grass Daddy has tons of lessons for Old Time, Bluegrass, Gospel, Celtic...other types too...he's got everything from beginner to advanced and the lessons have tabs or written music plus very detailed video and practice videos and mp3s. No, i don't work for the Blue Grass Daddy guy, John Cockman, has just about everything to get a fiddler going and keep them busy for years. But it does cost some money to join...just a one-time fee.

Jun 23, 2022 - 4:49:32 AM

2431 posts since 10/1/2008

Teaching yourself is certainly possible. Just more difficult to get started without bad fiddling habits. You will need to watch yourself in a mirror for posture mistakes and pay very strict attention to where and how you are using your bow. Use a tuner to track your intonation early on. There are many onsite both video and audio recorded sites that offer lessons. Artist Works is one. Good luck R/

Jun 23, 2022 - 5:01:19 AM
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10186 posts since 3/19/2009

You don't necessarily need a 'teacher', but ANY real live fiddler or violinist can probably help you get started and help you make beginner's mistakes..

Jun 23, 2022 - 5:59:20 AM

5851 posts since 9/26/2008

I'm sure Lee means help you get started so you DON'T make beginner mistakes." If you need help making beginner mistakes, I know a few people who might be able to help. 


Jun 23, 2022 - 6:01:47 AM
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2806 posts since 6/26/2007

I was essentially self taught accept that I sought any fiddler I could to play with. Mostly I played guitar or banjo with them and soaked in their tunes and way of playing. Occasionally some would offer help. But I was constantly spending time in the woodshed trying to catch what they were doing from memory and from listening to fiddle music almost exclusively. There were no handy websites and YouTube and such. Cassette tape recorders were expensive so memory had to suffice. You have got to want it to get it. Like the doc said before I got my knee replaced, it will be hard but worth it if you do it right.Learning in some ways is so much easier today or is it?

Jun 23, 2022 - 6:37:22 AM



139 posts since 2/2/2014

Quitter? More like Recidivist I’d say since it pertains to the fiddle.

Jun 23, 2022 - 7:33:06 AM
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10186 posts since 3/19/2009

Originally posted by ChickenMan

I'm sure Lee means help you get started so you DON'T make beginner mistakes." If you need help making beginner mistakes, I know a few people who might be able to help. 


RIght.. and I can help teach bad habitslaugh

Jun 23, 2022 - 9:33:25 AM
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742 posts since 3/1/2020

I think the first thing to decide is whether you want to just learn enough to play some tunes or whether you want to improve as a player. Neither one is the wrong answer, and it’s worth considering seriously.

Also, try to determine the cause for putting the fiddle down each time in the past. Was it a time constraint? Lack of practice space? Loss of interest because of isolation from other musicians? Apathy caused by frustration from getting stuck? Physical discomfort? A fiddle that was just hard to play? Any of these could be reasons, but it’s helpful to identify them as you plan for the future.

If you’re just looking to build up tunes, there are countless YouTube videos available, many of them even offering slow iterations and tips for learning the tunes to make it easy to pick them up. Some of the members here regularly post instructional videos that could give you the basics for individual tunes. There's a lot to explore. 

If you want to build technique, it’s going to be very difficult to accomplish it without a teacher there to watch you and correct your posture and assess issues of tonality and musicality on the spot. Various teachers do offer lessons via Zoom, but there’s always a sacrifice. I would seek out a classical teacher and have a good discussion about your goals. Many classical players also play fiddle music and can help you build up the technique you need to make real progress and avoid frustrating plateaus. Just watching videos can yield good information, but it’s one-sided, and it’s much easier to develop bad habits without feedback.

I don’t agree with the idea that you should just pick any player you can find and try to learn—that’s a recipe for lots of terrible advice and foundational problems that can plague you down the road. The quality of the instruction is what will give you the best chance of success. You can learn a lot about musicianship from playing with others just through association, but technique doesn’t transfer the same way.

Edited by - The Violin Beautiful on 06/23/2022 09:38:27

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