Irish Fiddle Tips

Tip's on how to Play and make your Fiddle playing sound more Irish Style....

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Well I  have almost enough Discussion's in here for now... I will put in some of my own video's trying to explain what some of these Trick's & Flick's that goes into Irish Music Fiddle Style's... if I Can ?

Mean time you can Browse around this site, starting with this page -

Irish Musiciann's Index -


And some Samples of there music too !


Discussion Forum

Tips for adapting viola to irish music?

Started by Evyn Koyama. Last reply by Evyn Koyama Feb 7, 2015. 2 Replies

Hi everyone!I'm getting back into viola, my instrument from 5th grade until 12th back in school, after not playing for about 11 years. I'm startung up lessons again next week, I'm very exited!I've loved traditional Irish music for a very long time,…Continue

Anticipating the beat

Started by Bernie. Last reply by Paul Ivory Jan 3, 2015. 1 Reply

Hi,I was listening to a recording of our session, and I noticed that from time to time I play the first note of a part slightly ahead of the other musicians. It sounds ok to me, and I think maybe it adds a tiny bit of excitement, but I'm wondering…Continue

Kiss The Bride - Reel

Started by Jim Mcauley. Last reply by David Collins Sep 10, 2014. 4 Replies

I made this wee video up, An old Reel I  just learned..Please Forgive the High Note's - lol..It's an Old tune but I've never heard it till lately -KISS THE BRIDE - REEL.Kiss The Bride - Reel from…Continue

Re - Vibrato In Irish Music

Started by Jim. Last reply by Van Sederburg Aug 12, 2014. 1 Reply

Van Sederburg :Was asking about Vibrato In Irish Music.And said ( Is there a rule? Maybe this is a silly question,)1/ Q: Is there a rule ?      A: There's genearally are no rules in Irish music,it seem's to me.  More a Etiquette and/of keeping close…Continue

Master class with Matt Cranitch as part of The Steeple Sessions

Started by Paul Ivory. Last reply by Paul Ivory Aug 29, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi Everyone, Well, I finally took the plunge and signed up for a master class with Matt Cranitch last Tuesday at the Conradh Na Gaeilge premises in Dublin.  I have to admit to being quite nervous beforehand, as I had never done a class like this…Continue

Shoulder rest - yay or nay?

Started by Paul Ivory. Last reply by Paul Ivory Aug 3, 2013. 4 Replies

Hi Everyone,I hope all you fiddlers are attending Summer Schools, Sessions and Fleadhs, and if you're in Ireland, enjoying the bizzarely wonderful weather!!Well, I'm now exactly thirty three months into this musical journey of mine and as I travel…Continue

2/ A Tune to Learn - The Concert Reel

Started by Jim Mcauley. Last reply by Paul Ivory May 19, 2013. 1 Reply

The Concert Reel from Jim McAuley on Vimeo.This version I always Loved  - jim,,,X:1T:The Concert ReelR:reelD:Stockton's…Continue

New Strings

Started by Paul Ivory. Last reply by Paul Ivory Apr 6, 2013. 9 Replies

Hello Fellow Fiddlers,I know that in years to come I may look back on this post and smile indulgently to myself, chuckle and shake my head, but for now it's not so funny!! As you may know, I'm fairly new to playing, so occasionally I encounter…Continue

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Comment by Sean Quinn on August 8, 2012 at 11:03

Fiddle students in this Group might like to check out Denis Sweeney's "Step by Step from Easy Beginnings" books and CDs fiddle course which is available at Denis has taught many champion fiddlers and this package enables students to receive his excellent tuition in their own homes.

Comment by Jim Mcauley on August 2, 2012 at 10:49

Here's One to Think About Folk's - jim,,,

Comment by andrew killen on July 9, 2012 at 20:29

love all that double stopping I can only figure out half of it!

Comment by Jim Mcauley on July 9, 2012 at 18:55

The old way of playing ' Tam Lin - Reel ' now it's called  'The Glasgow Reel ' Although, it was composed by an Irishman - lol.

This is the way I heard it Played First -  jim,,,

Find more videos like this on liveIreland

Comment by Jim Mcauley on June 28, 2012 at 11:22

Remember to Try This Link   -


'Flatwater Fran'

Comment by Jim Mcauley on June 28, 2012 at 11:20
 An Excellent Fiddler ' Dezi Donnelly'  Playing A Lovely Waltz.. I think  was Composer by Phil Cunningham ? - jim,,,

'Flatwater Fran'

T:Flatwater Fran
B2AG ED|E4DE|G2G2DE|G2G2Bd|e2d2g2|B4dB|
|:e2d2G2|B4Bd|e2d2G2|B4Bd|e2d2g2|B2dB AG|
A2AG AB|A4Bd|e2d2g2|B2dB AG|A2d3c|B3B AG|

Comment by Jim Mcauley on June 25, 2012 at 19:02
A Flute Player Friend's, Learning Site -  ' Brain Pundyke ' .... If a notice about an Update your Myriad Music Plug-in - Just click OK... Some good tunes on there for Learning -


Traditional Irish Music - Learning Resources

Comment by Jim Mcauley on June 20, 2012 at 17:52

A Great Find David - ' Many Thanks  ' -- Paddy Killoran


Comment by David Henderson on June 20, 2012 at 16:25

I came across this just today!  It's magnificent.  The site that it's on has magic stuff, 78's made available to us digital eejits!

Enjoy the journey!

Comment by Jim Mcauley on June 18, 2012 at 15:58

Here is a rare one of a Fiddler who wrote Many ' Kerry Polka's, & Slide's  ' - 


Pádraig O'Keeffe 1951


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