During 2020, I began teaching a number of students online Irish fiddle lessons via video call. During the periods of Covid lockdown during 2020 and 2021, all of my fiddle lessons moved online, and many of my students have found this to be a very effective way of continuing to learn. Some students who were coming for in-person lessons have been happy to move entirely to online lessons.
I use a dynamic split screen with two cameras: a wide shot to show you aspects of posture or bowing technique and for general conversation; and a second close-up camera over the fingerboard to you show details of fingering. I can switch between views to show you particular angles. I can also share sheet music and recordings this way.
I use a studio quality microphone, combined with a high speed internet connection so the sound quality is excellent.
Online fiddle learning resources
I have recently built each of my students an individual online workspace where I can share online learning resources with them including audio and video recordings, sheet music, and learning notes. This allows my students to keep track of what they have been learning with me, and return to tunes and techniques we have learned in the past. As far as I know, this is a unique resource for traditional fiddle students, and the feedback from my students has been overwhelmingly positive about these online resourves. You can see an example of these workspaces, with just a few example pages, here.
Free online fiddle lessons
I will also be uploading more free online Irish fiddle lessons videos to my Youtube page, so do take a look at them as well. If you subscribe on Youtube, or sign up to my mailing list, you will get notifications of each new free video.