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 places to learn fiddle online.
That is frustrating. It’s just like the argument on the difference between fiddle and violin, the information you can find is conflicting and isn’t overly helpful!!
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 Sites to Learn Fiddle Online!
1. Online Academy of Irish Music
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.
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.
Yup, FiddleHed is completely 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!
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 on the Fiddle Video website!
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!
These are some amazing teachers with great lessons and some of the most professional software and presentation we’ve seen!
4. Red Desert Violin
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.
Red Desert Violin is, as it says, made for violins, but as we mentioned earlier, the fiddle and the violin aren’t all that different.
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.
This course is also broken down into a very interesting series of lessons. As you progress you start different “books” so you can see your progress easily over time!
5. Free Fiddle Lessons
Free Fiddle Lessons is a great way to learn fiddle online. With both a website and a YouTube channel, there are tons of resources available to you right off the bat!
Julia Plumb is the teacher behind both the site and the YouTube Channel, and has a rich history of learning from a pretty impressive set of teachers herself. She is also a professional player herself, so she is in the trenches with you!
The Final Note
Did we miss a site that deserves to be on this list? Please, leave us a comment below, we’d love your input!