Hello, and welcome to my online fiddle lessons course, Fabulous Fiddle Fundamentals. Bookmark this page so you can come back to it easily.
This course will teach you how to play 24 American and Irish fiddle tunes (7 hoe-downs, 7 Irish reels, 5 jigs, 5 waltzes). It includes both classic tunes, such as Golden Slippers and Turkey in the Straw, as well as some fantastic tunes by a great folk musician and composer, Larry Unger.
Each unit covers a single tune with eight in-depth videos that you can watch on your own time, as often as you like, in the comfort of your own home.
This page will help you get the most from your lessons and will help you find your way around the course.
Important note: To access lessons and other members-only content, you must log in using the username and password you created when you signed up for this fiddle course. If you are seeing this sentence, it means you are either not logged in or not yet a member. To log in, enter your username and password in the Login form to the right. If you are not a member, click here to sign up.
First, Download Your Free Music
As a member, you can download free recordings of me and Larry Unger playing each song in the course. You get three versions of each song: fiddle only, fiddle with guitar, and guitar only. Larry is a fabulous guitarist and musician and he wrote some of the tunes you’ll be learning!
These recordings give you three great ways to play along with me or just with a guitar accompaniment if you like. It’s a fun and instructive way to practice your tunes. Plus, listening is a very important part of the learning process.
Ready? Download the zip files here:
You must be a member to download files. If you are already a member, you must be logged in.
Viewing Lessons and Finding Your Way Around
When you sign up, you are automatically given access to the first week’s worth of lessons, which teach you how to play “Golden Slippers.” Approximately every seven days after that, your membership is automatically upgraded to give you access to the next batch of lessons.
If you click a lesson that you do not yet have access to according to your automated membership schedule, you will see a message that says you cannot yet view it. Just click your browser’s Back button to return to this page or the Dashboard and try another unit.
These videos are another fantastic way to learn your songs. Look for them at the end of each unit. These are videos of me playing each song in slow, medium, and performance tempos. After you’ve practiced your songs, play along with me! It’s so fun and one of the things that makes Fabulous Fiddle Fundamentals unique.
The Fabulous Fiddle Fundamentals Music Book
I am very excited to partner with Virtual Sheet Music to create a custom, exclusive book of fiddle music for this course. The Fiddle Collection includes all 24 tunes we will be studying, plus some bonus variations and “twin-fiddle” parts on a couple songs. The book includes guitar chords, piano arrangements, and of course, the fiddle part.
You can print it if you prefer a hard copy, or you can use it right on your computer screen. If you choose this option, you can read it all alone, or you can play along with a midi playback, setting the speed to whatever you want. You can pull up the FIDDLE PART ONLY, or you can pull up the PIANO PART which also shows the fiddle cues. A cursor shows you where you are in the music at all times. This is an amazingly versatile book, and is definitely worth the price of just $9.99. Get it now at Virtual Sheet Music.
You can get even greater value from Virtual Sheet Music if you sign up for an annual membership. With a membership, you can download thousands of sheet music titles for only $37.75. And with a membership, you get the Red Desert Fiddle Collection for no extra cost! It’s a great value and we’re big fans of Virtual Sheet Music.
Enough talk! Let’s get started. Click here to start learning your first tune, “Golden Slippers.”