Where to start?

If you’ve recently joined Fiddlevideo, you may feel a little overwhelmed with the variety of tunes, lessons, instructors available…that’s totally normal! In this video, Megan Lynch Chowning gives out some great tips for new Fiddlevideo.com members which should get you pointed in the right direction.


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8 Comments

  1. Thank you for this video I needed to hear this!!

  2. I’m 100% not learning the fiddle so I can play all the tunes from Final Fantasy. *WINK* Seriously though, the sounds from Gypsy Waltz are what’s speaking to me right now. Picked up the fiddle 6 months ago and haven’t been able to put it down. For sure needed the pep talk.

    Watching some of those reels were like…”things i’ll try again in 75 years for 200$ please Alex”

  3. Hi Megan , I’m really enjoying your lessons especially the first finger capo, nashville numbers systems and pentatonic scales. So brilliant how you can explain them, armed with these formidable weapons what lesson should i go to next. i was hoping to go on a journey from intermediate to advanced with you. What should be the first tune or song ?
    Thanks in advance
    Paul

    • Hi, Paul.

      I’d recommend listening through a couple of the performance videos to find some tunes which speak to you…then tackle them one by one! You can use the filters at the top of the website to filter down on Bluegrass/other styles…

      While we do categorize tunes based on difficulty, each lesson includes both a simplistic version as well as an advanced…so for each tune you choose to learn, you’ll automatically be moving towards more and more advanced playing techniques. All the best!

    • Hey Paul – basically what Casey said! But please keep those comments coming. I check regularly and really hope you’re finding your way on this journey. I’m just glad I can help. If you’re focusing on bluegrass style, I’d probably recommend next trying one or two of the singing songs that I teach breaks for. Happy fiddling!

  4. Hi Megan. I just now signed up for this site. I have been a wanna be fiddle player for a long time. But I usually start with good intensions and put it aside for one reason or another. Partly because I could never find the information I needed to advance beyond someone teaching a particular song, and that was usually just a one note at a time thing. Long story short, I came across your video by happen stance and I am so glad I did. You were explaining and teaching just what I ‘ve been looking for, for years. I have begun a new journey now and hope to finally get somewhere.
    I can grasp the things ahead of me and I see a good road ahead. But the one thing I sometimes worry about is the anatomy factor. Everyone’s physical structure is somewhat different. I find myself having a real issue in twisting my wrist around far enough to reach the G string well. I know the secrets about that like moving the elbow further inward and holding my fingers up as in an arched like fashion, but it is still a stretch. I ‘m a guitar player as well and I find myself at times grasping the neck of the fiddle hard unknowingly with my thumb. I also have a bad habit of curling my little finger underneath the neck. Can you help me with these three issues? I really think I can learn everything else in time.
    Thanks in adavance for your help. And I really appreciate this site and you and others involved.

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