Out of all of the instruments we talk about here on StringVibe, the fiddle might be the most daunting to learn. In our opinion, it’s also the one with the least amount of quality online lessons.
That is frustrating.
In an effort to help out, we scoured the internet for the best fiddle lessons online. Teachers who know what they are talking about and have the experience you need.
Most of these teachers have a small amount of free content and then paid subscriptions. They vary from very expensive to a few dollars a video.
We strongly recommend watching the free content from each site, following along, and then decide which teacher you like best before subscribing. Each will have a slightly different teaching style and one may suit your tastes better than the others.
Best Online Fiddle Lessons
This site has everything you need to learn to play anything in the Irish music genre. This includes wind, reed and string instruments. A seven day free trial lets you get started quickly and inexpensively too.
The Online Academy of Irish Music has four different Fiddle courses aimed at advancing levels of musicians. This allows you to progress from the basics all the way to expert level playing styles.
This site is set up as a monthly membership site and all payments are done in Euros. They have a limited free membership, and three payment options that give you a discount for long-term commitments.
We like FiddleHed for several reasons. The first is that it’s a bit goofy. In a day where websites are more and more professional, serious, and design oriented FiddleHead is pretty much the opposite. It’s refreshing.
The second thing we like is the sheer volume of lessons it holds. Jason Kleinberg has put together a staggering amount of information for free on this site. There are 3 courses, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced to help you progress.
Possibly the best part of this site. It’s Free.
Considering how detailed the lessons are, and the number of them, this is pretty rare. There is a donation button on the site and if you like the material here we’d hope you’ll use it, but its up to you!
If the laid back feel of FiddleHed doesn’t strike your fancy, FiddleVideo might be just your speed. A very professional, well designed site, the site covers a wide variety of playing styles and skill levels.
Four expert instructors (Casey Willis, Hanneke Cassel, Kevin Burke, and Patti Kusturok take you through a ton of free content that spans four different styles and two difficulty levels,
If you’d like to upgrade to a membership level with this site it’s very affordable, starting at $35 a month or you can buy a year long pass for a 40% discount!
If you like to have fun while learning this style can be great and a little silly. If you’re more akin to the serious lessons this may not be for you. If you’re trying to get your kids to play, they will eat it up.
One of the benefits of this membership program is the fact they will send you links to videos over a period of time, so you don’t have to be overwhelmed with to much content and information at once.
The last site is LearnFiddleOnline. This site has a very different approach than the others in supplying it’s information. Your first lesson is free, and after that you buy each lesson individually.
If you have a busy schedule or have very a inconsistent practice schedule this could be ideal. With the ability to purchase videos when you are ready for them you could spend $1.50 a month or you could spend $100, it simply depends on how quickly you master the skills taught in each lesson.
Did we miss a site that deserves to be on this list? Please, leave us a comment below, we’d love your input!