Learn to Play Irish Fiddle
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Learn to Play Irish Fiddle

Learn 10 of the most popular tunes and start playing in your local celtic music session.
4.6 (10 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
138 students enrolled
Created by Daniel Boudreau
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn 10 popular Irish fiddle tunes.
  • Play reels, jigs, a slip jig and a hornpipe.
  • Learn common bowing and embellishment techniques that are used in Irish fiddling.
  • Get a "feel" or "swing" for the music.
  • Develop your ear. This will help you pick up new tunes at Irish music sessions.
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  • If you can play through book 1 of Suzuki method for violin or a beginner’s book of equal difficulty, you can do this course. If you are self-taught, and/or don’t read music, you should be able to play a few basic tunes. The easiest way to decide whether to take this course is to try it out for a month to see if it suits you. You can always get a refund within the first month if it’s not for you.
  • You do not need to know how to read music to go through this course
  • You should know how to hold the violin correctly
  • You should know how to tune the violin by ear or with a tuner

In this course, you'll learn some of the most popular and easy Irish melodies on the violin. These are the most popular Irish tunes that are played in Celtic music sessions all over the world. Hi I'm your instructor, Daniel Boudreau and I've been playing in celtic music sessions for over 10 years. I know how much of a struggle it is to pick the right tunes to learn, where to place embellishments and how to bow the melody. That's why I created this course. I wanted to help beginner violinists and fiddlers get on the fast track to start playing irish fiddle and to eventually become a session fiddler.

The course is structured as follows...

Each new tune is assigned to it's own section. The section contains several lessons. The lessons break down learning the tune into three steps. Here are the steps:

  1. Overview of the notes in the tune. The tunes are taught phrase by phrase.
  2. Overview of the bowing
  3. Overview of the embellishments. This is where you have fun decorating the melody!

This course is a jumpstart to playing Irish fiddle music. Learn the essential tunes to start playing in sessions today! Take a 5-minute free preview of this course. Look for the preview button beside this video. Click on "Take this course" to sign up and start fiddling!

Who is the target audience?
  • If you're a total beginner on the violin, this course is not for you. You will need to play through a beginner's violin book in order to get the most out of this course. Examples are Suzuki violin book 1, or Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements for Strings. If you don’t read music, you will need to take private lessons or learn beginner’s violin tunes by ear. In any case, if you already play a couple of tunes, sign up and see if you can manage the difficulty of the tunes. If you are lost or overwhelmed, you can always get a refund for the course within the first month of signing up.
  • If you've always dreamed of joining in the Celtic music session at your local pub, this course is a great way to start.
  • If you love the sound of Celtic music and want to learn to play it with style, this course is for you
  • If you like to learn visually with someone showing you every tune in three stages: notes, bowing and embellishments, then you'll love this course. You won't get overwhelmed by the material!
  • You should be ready to dedicate regular practice time in order to succeed with this course. You should practice 10 minutes a day or 15 minutes every other day at a minimum. Anybody has 10 minutes to spare in one day!
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63 Lectures
4 Lectures 13:20

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Tuning Notes
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Cuts exercise

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Hammer-on exercise

Rolls Tutorial

Rolls exercise
2 Lectures 05:21

Note that in Irish sessions it is common to play a tune three times and then move on to the next one. However, if you are at a session where beginner players are participating, you could play a tune more than tree times during your set.

You'll notice that experienced players will look at you to see what's coming next after the third round of a tune. Try and announce key changes for accompanists, although this can be quite challenging to do while you're playing. Practice saying your key changes out loud when you're playing at home.

Preview 02:05

5 Lectures 32:29
Demo of the Tune

Notes: A section

Notes: B section


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Notes: A section

Notes: B section

Bowing: A Section

Bowing: B Section

The Banshee
6 Lectures 22:09

Notes: A section

Notes: B section

Bowing: A section

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Daniel Boudreau
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Daniel Boudreau's courses focus on learning from example. Theory is cut down to a minimum across all courses. Daniel values ACTION strongly in his teaching approach. You will learn core concepts by observation and be able to replicate them right away is in a step-by-step method. Additionally, with the help of the Udemy course layout, elements of a topic are cut down to super specific lessons. This way, you will never feel lost or confused. Daniel is always there to help if you have any questions about a specific lesson. Just head to the discussion tab from any lesson and ask away!  

Daniel has collaborated with several instructors with many years of teaching experience. All of them have a vast knowledge of the subject that they teach. Browse around the many courses that Daniel offers and see what interests you. You can always take a five-minute preview of any course by clicking the button on the right side of the video on any course's preview page.