Beginner Fiddle
A place to help you learn fiddle and enjoy it more!
What's the difference between a fiddle and a violin?

Beginning fiddlers ask that, and one of the answers that I give them is that people who play the "fiddle" seem to smile more while they are playing than people who play the "violin!" And what we are all about here is helping beginning fiddlers (that might be you!) to play better and to smile more. And along the way make their listeners smile more too!
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But what is fiddle music? Although such eminent violinists as Pinchas Zuckerman call their instruments "fiddles," for our purposes we'll divide fiddling (or some people might say "alternative violin") into several categories .
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Bluegrass Fiddle
-- Cajun Fiddle
-- Irish Fiddle (or Celtic Fiddle)
-- Jazz Violin
-- Rock n Roll Violin
The common thread being the informality of the style and fiddlers ability to improvise rather than play exactly what is written!
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It Doesn't Matter How You Learned
All That Counts is That You Play!
So What Are You Gonna Find Here?

Hopefully Something Interesting!
Tips on How to Buy a Fiddle, Care for Your Fiddle and Play Fiddle.  Biographies of famous fiddlers.  CD's, DVD's and good stuff to read! Links to good Fiddle Sites on the Internet. Fiddle Sheet Music and lead sheets.
Fiddler Playing Bluegrass
Fiddle Sheet Music
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Teach Yourself Bluegrass Fiddle - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com
Teach Yourself Bluegrass Fiddle Written by Matt Glaser. Instructional book and examples CD for fiddle. With standard notation, chord names, instructional text, instructional photos and introductory text. 60 pages. Published by Oak Publications. (MS.OK64989)
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Learn to Play Irish Fiddle, Lesson One - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com Learn to Play Irish Fiddle, Lesson One Polkas, Jigs and Slides. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk). Size 5.3x7.5 inches. Published by Homespun. (641755)
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Learn to Play Cajun Fiddle - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com Learn to Play Cajun Fiddle Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk). Size 5.5x7.5 inches. Published by Homespun. (641928)
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Learning Bluegrass Fiddle - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com Learning Bluegrass Fiddle Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk). Size 5.3x7.5 inches. Published by Homespun. (641638)
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Learning Bluegrass Fiddle - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com Learning Bluegrass Fiddle Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk). Size 5.3x7.5 inches. Published by Homespun. (641639)
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Learn to Play Real Cajun Fiddle (Fiddle / Violin) - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com Learn to Play Real Cajun Fiddle (Fiddle / Violin) Performed by Michael Doucet. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). Book & CD Package. ( A Great Bargain with 6 CD's in this Package!) Size 8.5x11 inches. 67 pages. Published by Homespun. (641686)
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Fiddle Bug
Once you've caught the Fiddle Bug, there's just no cure!  So now that you've got the bug, let's make sure that you're playing your best.  Click fiddle bug to go to your daily Fiddle Tip!
Fiddle Playing
You like the sound of a fiddle.  The fiddler looks cool!  But have you ever wondered what's inside a fiddle, how fiddles work and how to care for your fiddle?  Click the fiddle to find some answers! 
Depending on what you want to do, it can be difficult to learn fiddle.  Not only do you need to get the notes right, you need to develop the right tone.  Sometimes that is not easily done on your own.  But sometimes you just don't have the time (or the money) to put into lessons.  There are resouces that you can use to help you develop some of the basic skills you need on your fiddle.

Homespun Tapes is just one of our partners who produce some excellent fiddle instruction videos.  I've placed a few of them on this page, but you'll find a much more extensive selection on our instruction page!
Don't Fret

A WONDERFUL teaching aid for new violinists/fiddlers.  No more experimenting with where to place finger tapes, these appliques are easily removable once the student has learned where the fingers go!  At less than $5, buying these is a "no-brainer!"
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