Online Fiddle Lessons

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Looking for Online Fiddle Lessons?

Hi, I’m Lora. If you’re looking for online fiddle lessons, you have found the right place!

I am excited to bring you Fabulous Fiddle Fundamentals, my video-based lessons course that will teach you how to fiddle.

At the end of this course, you will have 24 songs in your fiddle repertoire and the skills you need to play with a band, wow your family and friends, compete in fiddle contests, and most importantly, to enjoy making music for the rest of your life!

During the course, you will:

  • Learn how to play 24 American and Irish fiddle tunes (7 hoe-downs, 7 Irish reels, 5 jigs, 5 waltzes)
  • Learn the skills you need to turn any fiddle tune into a competition-ready performance
  • Learn how to take a bare-bones melody (like the thousands you can download for free online) and turn it into an exciting and beautiful audience-pleaser!
  • Get a virtual toolbox FULL of “formulas” and “patterns”, ideas, tools, and techniques which you can use and re-use for any fiddle tune to dress it up.

Learn these great songs

  • Golden Slippers
  • Cripple Creek
  • Turkey in the Straw
  • Star of the County Down (reel)
  • Star of the County Down (waltz)
  • Swallow Tail Jig
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Scollay’s Reel
  • Road to Lisdoonvarna
  • Southwind
  • Angeline the Baker
  • Red Haired Boy
  • Money in Both Pockets
  • Madeleine, by Larry Unger
  • Devil’s Dream
  • Sheebeg and Sheemore
  • All the Rage, by Larry Unger
  • Cooley’s Reel
  • Ducks on the Pond
  • Baker’s Favorite, by Larry Unger
  • Leona Tuttle, by Larry Unger
  • Big Liza Jane
  • Fox Hunter’s Jig
  • The Curvy Road to Corinth, by Larry Unger

These tunes are as fun to play as their names make them sound! Here is a video of me playing one of the tunes I’ll teach you, “Cooley’s Reel.”

People just like you are learning to play fiddle with my online lessons!
“I love the way you carefully tease out a tune and give us lots of food for thought (and practice!). I am enjoying your lessons thoroughly. I can’t believe the changes and development I am already noticing in my playing by following your exercises. I am totally inspired and can’t wait to get to my practice nowadays. It’s so great playing along with you in my lounge room.” Karien


“You really go beyond the extra mile as a teacher and I love you for it! After all these years, thanks to you, I am getting a music education. In the past, I’ve bought a couple of fiddle tutorials on individual tunes online, but they only teach you to imitate the exact way the teacher plays them—and assume I know more than I do! You don’t assume prior knowledge and you explain everything so clearly. The difference between other online instruction and yours is a bit like the analogy of giving a man a fish instead of teaching him how to fish.” Susan P-M.


“My husband is on part D of lesson four (“Star of County Down” reel) in the Fabulous Fiddle Fundamentals book. He is totally inspired by your assistance. What he is enjoying the most (other than that you are always available for a lesson!) is the fact that you present the “What, how, where, why, why not, when, and personal options” for each ornament you teach. Thank you for being a superior instructor and having a well-developed lesson format.” Margaret S

North Carolina

FREE audio files!

Download MP3’s of me and Larry Unger playing all 24 tunes in the course. You will get each tune in 3 different formats: with fiddle and guitar, fiddle alone, and with guitar alone. This will support you through the entire learning process!

Play-along Videos!

Every unit has play-along videos in 3 different speeds: slow, medium, and fast. This helps you learn the tune and gives you something to play along with as you learn to play “back-up”, or as you experiment with bowings and ornaments. No extra cost!

Get help whenever you need it!

Every lesson features a “comments” section where you can post your thoughts, comments, or questions. I personally read all the comments and answer your questions, so you get plenty of help from the teacher. You’ll also get encouragement and practical tips from your fellow students. And if you have technical difficulty, a friendly and prompt support staff is standing by.
You simply log in to our members-only area and watch the videos as often as you like with your fiddle in hand. You and I will work through the exercises together and you can stop and repeat whenever you need to review.

Approximately every week, your membership will automatically upgrade to the next song. But if you want to take two weeks or four or whatever to learn a tune, go ahead! You go at your own pace and your own pace is okay. The next lessons will be there for you when you are ready.

You will only be billed for 7 months but you’ll have access to all of the videos for as long as you need it. That is the beauty of this system. If you have to take a couple weeks off for whatever life throws at you, no problem. Pick up where you left off!

I don’t just give you the tune and teach you the notes and then say, “good luck!” Students learn with me because I break songs down into a system that walks you through each step. With every song, you will have my special formula of eight videos. Each video focuses on a specific aspect of the song.

By the time you have practiced the eight videos and understand the concepts, you will not simply play the song. You will understand it and be ready to interpret it and make it your own! That’s what mastery is all about! If you want to bake a cake you see in a magazine, imagine how helpful it would be to have the list of ingredients! Imagine how much MORE helpful it would be to have the instructions AND the ingredients!

My 8-video formula is exactly like having the recipe for each tune. By the time you complete all 24 tunes, you will be able to duplicate these steps on ANY tune you want to learn! Here are the eight videos in my formula for each tune that give you the “ingredients and instructions” you need:

  • The tune
  • Bow patterns
  • Left hand technique (or ornaments)
  • Scales and arpeggios
  • Chords
  • Playing backup
  • Beginning and ending
  • Change-ups and improv
What happens if I get behind?
There is no such thing as “behind”. Go at your own pace, and your pace is okay. All I ask is that you continue to move forward in your progress. I am here to help you!

Am I ready for this course? Is there a prerequisite?
Fabulous Fiddle Fundamentals assumes Suzuki Book 1 proficiency. If you do not have the following basic skills, then you might consider taking my beginners Suzuki Violin class, Fabulous Fundamentals. The skills you will need to be successful in this fiddle class are:

  • Good posture and form
  • Good bow hold and bow control
  • Beautiful tone
  • Good intonation
  • And basic ear training skills. (Can you pick out a tune by ear?)

If you don’t have these, or you don’t know what they mean, then you probably need to take my Beginning Suzuki class first.

I’d really like to take this class, but I don’t think I have time.
Yes, it is a time commitment, but chances are, you would spend time wishing you could play fiddle, or watching YouTube fiddlers, dreaming that you could someday be able to do that! If you can find about 30 minutes per day, you can finish this course. And trust me, after you play your first complete fiddle tune…you will find the time. It will be so fun, you might decide to sell your television!

What if I decide to quit?
No problem! You are free to cancel at any time if you choose to.

Do you guarantee these lessons?
Absolutely! I do not want unsatisfied students! If you are not satisfied with these lessons, you will know it in about a month. That’s why I offer a 60 day money-back guarantee, to give you plenty of time to try it out and think about it. If you decide it’s not worth the money you have paid, simply cancel your membership and request a refund. NO PROBLEM. I fully stand behind my lessons!

Have more questions? Just contact me.

Red Desert Fiddle Book: I have had a FANTASTIC fiddle book prepared for this course by Virtual Sheet Music. It has amazing features like midi-playback with tempo control, see the music on your screen and follow the guide so you know where you are, print the music out, print fiddle only, or piano only, or both, set the speed you want, even TRANSPOSE to other keys! This book is an amazing value at just $10.

Download and Print Unit Summaries and Practice Assignments: Print these documents to save your valuable time and make the most of your practicing. They give the highlights of each lesson, and have a special “practice assignment” section to help you get right down to business and get results! FREE to members.

Practice with play-along videos in slow, medium, and fast: These videos help you gain continuity and speed, and they feature a close-up of my left hand so you can clearly see the notes being played. FREE to members.

Downloadable audio tracks of fiddle only, fiddle with guitar, and guitar only: Play these invaluable tools in your car or in the background while you work to help you absorb the tunes. Work with them in your practice room to help you gain independence and polish. FREE to members.

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Take a look inside for two weeks for just $1! After two weeks, your credit card will be billed $47. Then again every 30 days until you have made a total of 7 $47 payments.
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