Fiddling for Beginners
Book and 80 minute video DVD $19.95
Although written music is included, this video helps you
teach yourself to play the included tunes without the
need for music.
Description of Fiddling for Beginners:
This course by Ryan Thomson is designed for learners with
little or no experience with fiddle or violin playing.The
DVD teaches bowing patterns, rhythms, scales, and several
easy tunes including celtic and bluegrass styles. The book
is 40 pages, 5.5" by 8.5", is plastic comb bound to lie flat,
and includes topics such as tuning, practicing, holding the
instrument, learning by ear, and diagrams which show
where to place your fingers. Standard music notation is
included although no music reading ability is required.
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Victory Music Review: "Fiddling for Beginners teaches the basics and does not require the
ability to read, even though it provides scores. The D, A, and G scales are taught and
applied in three basic fiddle styles: two reels 'Boil them Cabbages Down,' and Old Joe Clark';
a jig '100 Pipers'; and a hornpipe 'Boys of Blue Hill.' The material is clearly and slowly
presented on the tape."
Bluegrass Unlimited: "The ideas that he presents on fiddle playing in general, practice
techniques and learning by ear are quite good."
Tennessee Folklore Society: "This course is highly recommended to anyone desiring to
learn to play the fiddle, regardless of their age or lack of previous musical experience."
From happy customers:
Hi Captain Fiddle,
I just want to thank you for having the best fiddle lessons on the internet. I have both
fiddle DVD's and I have learned to play every tune thanks to your slower clear instruction,
unlike some of the other DVD's that teach at almost full speed which are very hard to
East Meadow, New York
Great book! And this one really is for beginners. I brought zero musical training to this
endevour (and just about that much natural ability), but within a few days I was sawing
away at "Boil Them Cabbages Down," drone and all. I've worked through the other melodies
with equal success, my family's impressed, and I'm jazzed. I just wish there was a Volume
II! The tips for maintaining a fiddle, tuning it, practicing, learning to play by ear-all very
El Prado, New Mexico
This is the BEST way for me to learn. Since watching the DVD I got up the courage to take
out the fiddle and ran into the bony collarbone against the shoulder rest and went out and
got a different one based on your DVD suggestions and i'm off and running. I still haven't
finished the DVD as i keep going back and redoing parts. It is so realistic that at one point i
walked around my computer thinking i could see the other side of you if i did. So, to wrap
up, I'm living my dream: retirement and at least TRYING to fiddle and now i feel so much
more confident as if i have a question, i just back it up and listen again. I'm more relaxed
at home and I think that helps too. The book is great as well. I'm using them together.
THANKS AGAIN, this was the BEST investment i ever made for my music dreams. A MAJOR
BARGAIN AT TWICE THE PRICE!!! And you can quote me on that!
We went to your fiddle workshop at Nomad ages ago and have since taken up the fiddle.
Liked your first book so much I am getting this one for my daughter for Christmas.
I got the book/tape. Thanks! Although I'm not purchased instructional
fiddle books before, I have purchased many for guitar. Your publication
seems to be much better thought out than most and the tunes are great.
I'll keep you appraised of my progress.
Thank you and all the best.
Baldwinsville, New York
Please pass this note along. I'm spreadin the fiddlin' fever out here in the Rockies -
teaching lessons from the lessons my father taught me from the lessons you taught him.
Lake City, Colorado
...by the way, I have your banjo CD and your learn the fiddle CD/Book set, Enjoying them a
lot! Your playing motivates me to reach new levels. Thanks for the motivation and
West Sand Lake, New York
Hey Captain: I love your stuff. I started with the Beginner's Fiddle Book and tape and then
went to CDs 2 - 5.........My dad has played fiddle since he was about 35. His father, whom I
never met, also played fiddle. And now, at the age of 52 I have suddenly gotten the bug.
Thanks to you and my dad, I can play about ahalf a dozen tunes where the dog doesn't howl
Hi. I'm sure you don't remember me. I ordered and received your beginner DVD and book
about 1 month ago. We exchanged an email and your encouragement was great. I just
wanted to update you on my progress, due to your instruction.
Sunday, I played a real fiddle tune successfully for family and friends at an annual chicken
stew! This is an event I've attended and dreamed of impressing the crowd with my very
own fiddling for 15 years! It's one that my Daddy once played at and his presence was sorely
missed when he died in '87. My fiddling wasn't perfect, but good enough to grab their
attention and show some promise.
I played "Boil Them Cabbages Down" and wanted to thank you for the clear, step by step
instruction your materials offered. The folks that play bluegrass/old time fiddle around
here are good at playing but, they're shy and backward when it comes to teaching someone
I'm now working on "Old Joe Clark" which is a little more challenging. The great tip about
leaving the fiddle out on a table for easy pick up has helped greatly too. I jokingly tell
friends I have the fiddling fever. I often hear the tunes in my head when I lay down at
night. My children go around the house humming my songs, too.
You were right about the clogging, too. My children love to dance while I play and that
encourages me even more. I didn't realize how much dancers seem to applaud the players
Anyway, thanks again. I really think I'm gonna be a fiddler!
Low Gap, North Carolina
Dear Capt. Fiddle
A few years ago I ordered a Fiddle method from Captain Fiddle. I learned the first song, Bile
Them Cabbages Down, the first time I tried to play. I mainly play guitar, but your method
got me playing fast. Thanks for the help.
North Richland Hills, Texas
Dear Captain Fiddle
I recently purchased your Fiddling for Beginners book and CD and am quite pleased with my
progress on the "Devil's Box."