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 Jim Mcauley on April 24, 2012 at 12:13

This is my friend's site,
Click on the wee Icon     -  ( SEE PIC )
Of Man playing a Fiddle - For Tune learning !

And Free Music Download's -


Comment by Jim Mcauley on April 22, 2012 at 16:23


This man is more than Capable, he sat down with me one night after a Gig he was doing in Cushendun, County Antrim.. And talked to me about fiddle playing... I Learn more in about 20 minuets that the past 4 or so years I'd been playing back then - jim,,,

Comment by Paul Ivory on April 22, 2012 at 15:05

Hi Jim, you've really hit the ground running with this group, well done!  I'm very pleased to be a member.  Looking forward to learning loads! 

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

Yes ! But Mike much of the Style's Swing Tempo's etc, in Irish Fiddle playing are also in Whistle's Flutes, Banjo's etc,, I can sen you some example's if you wish ?


Comment by Mike "Ormepipes" Orme on April 22, 2012 at 10:47

Well, I'm an imposter, being a whistle player, but it does mean I can ask loads of stupid questions that nobody else dare ask and the answers might be of benefit to all those others who were afraid to mention stuff. Mostly however, I will be content to sit at the back and observe!

Comment by Jim Mcauley on April 22, 2012 at 10:32

You are Very Welcome Ian - jim,,,

Comment by Ian Stock on April 22, 2012 at 10:29

Hi Jim, been meaning to joimn the other fiddle group for some time, but in the light of Tony's comment, here I am, member no.2!

Comment by Jim Mcauley on April 22, 2012 at 10:26

This Group is about Idea's to improve you Fiddling, I can maybe help with Irish Style, and playing of it.... But, I am Far from being a Know it all, and would be glad to here others and there Ideas too. For after playing Irish Music on the fiddle 35 Years, I have realized - The more I learn about it, the less I Knew :  )


Comment by Tradconnect Reviews on April 22, 2012 at 10:22

Thanks to Jim for setting this group up. No better man. Due to a lack of time on my part, what with being involved with the main site I am going to ask the members of "Fiddlers Corner" to join this group and make it the place for all things fiddle related on Tradconnect. I will therefore shut "Fiddlers Corner" down in a week or so. Thanks.


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