Tips for the beginner fiddler

If you are a beginner fiddle player, it can seem difficult to know how to begin. So here are my 3 tips for a beginner irish fiddle player.

3 tips for a complete beginner fiddle player

Beginner fiddlers are often told the fiddle is a difficult instrument to learn. Many people who would like to learn to play the fiddle worry that the first stages will be especially difficult, and that it will take a long time for them to be able to play in a way that sounds pleasing – and even longer to be able to play tunes! But this isn’t true! With the right approach, even total beginners to playing the fiddle can make a nice sound, and be playing simple tunes after a few lessons. But there are some tips that will really help you to make progress at the beginning.

1) Your right (bowing) hand is as important – maybe more important – than your left.

Beginner fiddle tip: Concentrate on your bowing technique
Violin and fiddle bowing is very important!

Most people starting out think that the left hand, that holds the fingers down and makes the different notes, is what is going to be difficult in learning to play the violin or fiddle. But it is the bowing hand that is responsible for a good tone and  also for so much of the rhythm that is involved in playing. So just as much of your practice should concentrate on your bowing technique as playing different notes with your left hand.

A good teacher will show you how to hold you bow properly, ways to improve your tone with your bowing, and different bowing exercises to improve your bowing technique.

2) The basics matter.

If you get some of the basics right – how to hold the fiddle, how to use the bow, playing in time – right from the start, your playing will improve so much more quickly. Beginners sometimes rush ahead, but form bad habits that will make it more difficult to continue improving as they’d like.

Again, a good teacher will make sure you have good technique from the start.

3) Find what you want to play!

Working towards playing in the style that you would like to play is really good motivation. Talk to your teacher about what sort of music you would eventually like to play, and they should be able to find simpler versions of the same style, or at least music that will let you work towards your goal.

Get out to some sessions, listen to the music, decide what you want to learn. There is no substitute for listening to other fiddlers.

4) Once you’ve worked out what you want to learn, head over to my free fiddle lesson videos. And I can help set you on the right path!