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It Doesn't Matter How You Learned
All That Counts is That You Play!
Whether you are a fan of Bluegrass, Cajun, Irish, Jazz or Rock n Roll, the fiddle is right at home in every genre of music!  And YOU CAN LEARN TO FIDDLE!

And no matter what style of music you play there is something on the Internet that can help you play your fiddle better!  I'm not about to promise you that if you read a few articles on this web site or any other you'll turn pro next week, but if you use some of the resources here you will probably enjoy your fiddle experience more and progress more rapidly!
Teach Yourself Violin Instructional book, accompaniment CD and instructional video (VHS) for violin. With instructional text. 32 pages.
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A Fiddler's Guide to Waltzes, Airs and Haunting Melodies Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk).  Published by Homespun.
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The Fiddle According to Vassar Clements Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk). . Published by Homespun.
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Learn to Play Cajun Fiddle Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk).  Published by Homespun.
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Learning Bluegrass Fiddle Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk). Size  Published by Homespun.
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Learning Bluegrass Fiddle Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk).  Published by Homespun.
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Swingin' Jazz Violin Performed by Matt Glaser. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). Video cassette.  Published by Homespun Video.
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Fiddlin' My Way Taught by Kenny Baker. For fiddle. Licks and phrases. Ridge Runner. All styles. Level: Intermediate. Video. Size 5.5x9. Duration 60 minutes. Published by Ridge Runner Videos.
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Bluegrass Fiddle Boot Camp Two-DVD Set. By Stacy Phillips. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk).  Published by Homespun Video.
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Blues on the Fiddle DVD. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk).  Published by Homespun Video.
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Fiddle for Kids DVD One. Performed by Jenny Anne Bulla, Luke Bulla. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk). Published by Homespun Video.
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Mark O'Connor - Contest Fiddling Championship Style Performed by Mark O'connor. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). Video cassette. Published by Homespun Video.
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Fiddle for Kids DVD Two. Performed by Jenny Anne Bulla, Luke Bulla. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk). Published by Homespun Video.
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Swing Fiddle Taught by Paul Anastasio. For fiddle. Solos. Ridge Runner. Swing. Level: Intermediate. Video. Size 5.5x9. Duration 60 minutes. Published by Ridge Runner Videos.
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Mark O'Connor's Fiddle Camp Back to Basics. Performed by Mark O'connor. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk).  Published by Homespun.
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Become a Better Fiddler! Bluegrass Tunes & Techniques. Homespun Tapes (Instructional). DVD (Digital Video Disk). Size 5.25x7.5 inches. Published by Homespun.
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I'll guaranatee you that the teachers in the Homespun Videos don't fit into the category described by the
T-Shirt at the right! But I'll bet that the teachers on the videos would sure get a kick out of the shirt!  Make your fiddle friends smile when you wear this distinctive Fidder Crab-by Teacher shirt!
Can't Make it to Mark O'Connor's Fiddle Camp this Summer? You can at least get a look at the man some refer to as the "leader in alternative violin" by checking out these two videos!
Famous Fiddlin' Tunes
Arranged by Craig Duncan. Fiddle songbook and performance CD for fiddle. With standard notation and chord names. Series: Qwik Guide Series. 61 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
300 Fiddle Tunes
Solo fiddle songbook for fiddle. With performance notes, introductory text and standard notation. 96 pages. Published by Hal Leonard.
Nickel Creek
(Transcribed Scores) Performed by Nickel Creek. Guitar tablature songbook for guitar, voice, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, string bass and bouzouki. 127 pages. Published by Hal Leonard.
Fiddle Jam
A Way-Cool Easy Way to Learn How to Improvise) Written by Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry. Instructional book and examples CD for violin, fiddle, viola and cello. With introductory text, instructional text, black & white photos, instructional photos, illustrations, fingerings, standard notation and examples CD. 46 pages.
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Enough Learning--Let's Have Some FUN
Before we start, let's get this out of the way. 
THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS!
Learning to play any instrument is a challenge--the violin is no different!


Before you start jumping up and down, I know that I wrote the word "violin" and not "fiddle."

Same Instrument Different Style!  Everything I can tell you about the fiddle pertains to the violin and vice versa.  As a matter of fact, many musicologists place "fiddle" into the category "alternative violin."
Ain't Just Fiddlin' Around Button
Ain't Just Fiddlin' Around Button
Do I have to take fiddle lessons?
I'm not going to lie to you.  If you want to get good at any instrument you probably need some sort of instruction.  If you want to just play for your own pleasure you will probably be able to go quite a ways on your own...once you get a good start! 
I always suggest taking at least a few lessons from a professional teacher.  If you can get the basics down so that you can hold the violin properly and produce a good tone, things will go much more easily for you! 

Want to learn to play, but don't want to go to a teacher?  There are many good resources available.  Among my favorites are the DVD's made by Homespun Tapes.  I've placed links to some of them here!  Take a look at what is available.  Several of them are very good introductions.