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Online Fiddle Lessons from OAIM

The father of folk music, the fiddle is one of the most recognised of musical instruments. It's ability to produce bouncy tempos, smooth seamless phrases and fast staccato passages within the tune melodies make it one of the most distinctive and versatile instruments in the tradition. Also known as the violin, mastering the dexterities of the fiddle can be one of music’s most challenging ventures. Luckily, here at OAIM, we have developed expert fiddle lessons online that provide you with the skillset to reach your potential.

Our ‘Fiddle basics’ will supply you with the fundamentals of the fiddle, exploring posture and a variety of techniques. Once grasped, our online fiddle lessons will only help you explore the limitless possibilities of this lively instrument.

OAIM Irish Fiddle Courses

Fiddle Basics

This course is for the beginner fiddler. It begins with a series of six free lessons which teach how to hold the instrument, proper posture, bowing technique and two easy tunes..

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Fleadh Tunes for the Fiddle

This course is geared at not only the Fleadh competitor, but also any fiddle player who wants to learn tunes best suited to the fiddle. It will begin with simple dance tunes and slow airs.

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Clare Fiddle Styles

This is a lively collection of jigs, reels and hornpipes taught by the renowned Clare fiddler Tola Custy. Most of the thirteen tunes taught originate from Co. Clare, which Tola learnt from local players such as...

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Donegal Fiddle Styles

In this course, Aidan passes down the skills, knowledge and repertoire from the great Donegal fiddlers to the fiddle students of OAIM. All the tunes taught are firmly rooted in the Donegal tradition'...

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"I absolutely love this online school. It's saved me so much hassle, time and money. It's especially good for me being on the move all the time. Thanks to you, I am now playing the Irish bouzouki and flute, now I hope to learn the fiddle."

Simon Graham - Co. Antrim, Ireland

OAIM Free Beginner Fiddle Lessons

Fiddle Basics - Free Lesson 1

In this first lesson of Fiddle Basics, Niamh talks about the instrument the Fiddle, it's components and how it is held. Read More

Fiddle Basics - Free Lesson 2

In this lesson, Niamh will introduce the scale of D major on the fiddle. Read More

Fiddle Basics - Free Lesson 3

Niamh will demonstrate how to play 'Twinkle Twinkle' on the Fiddle. Read More

Fiddle Basics - Free Lesson 4

Niamh will focus on bowing in this lesson. She will use the tune 'Twinkle Twinkle', taught in the last lesson to teach various bowing techniques.  Read More

Fiddle Basics - Free Lesson 5

Niamh will now introduce the scale of G major on the fiddle.  Read More

Free Lesson 6

In this lesson, Niamh will teach a simple Polka in the key of G major called 'Maggie in the Woods'. Read More

OAIM Free Intermediate Fiddle Lessons

Clare Fiddle Styles - Free Lesson

The jig 'The Geese in the Bog' will be taught in this lesson. Tola Custy teaches the tune phrase by phrase and then focuses on cuts. Read More

Fleadh Tunes Fiddle

Fleadh Tunes for the Fiddle - Free Lesson

The slide 'The Gallant Boys of Tipperary; will be taught in this lesson Read More

OAIM Free Expert Fiddle Lessons

Donegal Fiddle Styles - Free Lesson

In this introductory lesson to the course 'Donegal Fiddle Styles', Aidan teaches James Byrne's Reel, with focus on the bow hand and the 'up-bow' technique. Read More

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Online Academy of Irish Music

  • Would you like to become a better musician or singer?
  • Are you on the path to mastering your instrument but need some top technique tips?
  • Or are you interested in beginning a journey into Irish music and want to get off to a great start?
  • Do you have a busy life style and find it hard to fit in the time to drive to weekly music lessons or are there no Irish music teachers in your area?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you have come to the right place!

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Niamh Dunne

Niamh Dunne

Niamh Dunne is a highly accomplished singer, fiddler and composer from Co. Limerick, and has just released her debut solo song album, “Portraits”. She began to play fiddle at the age of 4, and learned her music from Mickey Dunne, the well-known piper from Limerick who is part of a rich cultural heritage of traveling musicians. For generations, the Dunne’s traveled the country playing fiddles and pipes at any social events (football matches, markets days, fairs), and had a rich understanding of .. [Read More]

Tola Custy

Tola Custy

Tola Custy comes from Toonagh in County Clare. His father, Frank was the local primary school teacher and also inspired many people to play traditional music. Names such as James Cullinane, Siobhan Peoples Sharon Shannon, as well as Tola himself all owe their musical beginnings to him. Thus music has been a friend to Tola since he was able to walk...[Read More]

Aidan O'Donnell

Aidan O'Donnell

TG4 Young Musician of the Year 2010 Aidan O'Donnell has been described as one of the finest young Irish musicians at present. He began his music making at the age of 12, and since then has performed with some of traditional music's finest artists, including Donal Lunny, Micheal Ó' Suilleabháin and the Chieftains...[Read More]

Majella Bartley

Majella Bartley

All Ireland champion flute player, Majella Bartley, hails from Corcaghan in Co. Monaghan. She is a respected flute and fiddle teacher, tutoring at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance as well as at national and international summer schools and workshops such as Scoil Eigse, Fiddle Festival of Wales, Kilkenny Celtic Festival and the British and North American Convention of Comhaltas...[Read More]