Fiddle Tutorials

NEW FEATURE: Fully fingered and bowed sheet music for sets of tunes are now available here!

This page includes YouTube videos I prepared to support the fiddle classes I lead in Aberdeen.

They include slowed-down and phrase-by-phrase examples for those learning by ear, and ‘notes’ for those who read music notation.

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You may also wish to commission a tutorial if there’s a particular tune you’d like to learn.

1. John McAlpine’s Strathspey
2. Cock o the North
3. High Road to Gairloch
4. Kafoozalum (Katie Beardie)
5. Repeal the Poll Tax
6. A Guide to Scottish Fiddle Ornamentation
7. Hector the Hero
8. East Neuk of Fife
9. Fear a Phige
10. Fairy Dance
11. Miss Stewart of Grantully
12. The Atholl Highlanders
13. Da Guisers’ March
14. Jack Broke da Prison Door
15. Da Mirrie Boys o Greenland
16. Louden’s Bonnie Woods and Braes
17. The Rowan Tree
18. The Reel of Tullochgorum
19. The Green Hills of Islay
20. The Soldier’s Joy
21. The Tiree Bridal Song
22. Lamb Skinnet
23. Sarona
24. Jig: Drops of Brandy
25. Da Full Rigged Ship
26. The Haughs of Cromdale
27. Donald Blue
28. Deil Among the Tailors
29. The Bonnie Lass o Fyvie
30. The Flower o the Quern
31. Aitken Drum
32. Mary Bain’s Wedding
33. Highland Whisky
34. Deil Stick the Minister
35. The Skye Boat Song
36A. Mairi’s Wedding (in A)
36B. Mairi’s Wedding (in C)
37. Three Shetland Reels (set)
38. Macpherson’s Rant
39. Rosline [Roslin] Castle
40. Rory O’More
41. Baby Prep Jig
42. The Duchess Tree
43. The Barnyards of Delgaty
44. Sally Brown
45. The Gentle Maiden
46. The Duke of Gordon’s Birthday
47. Rose Wood
48. Oliver Jack
49. The Queen’s Four Marys
50. Three Drunken Fiddlers
51. The Cradle Song

1. John McAlpine’s Strathspey

John McAlpine’s Strathspey pdfJohn McApline

2. Cock o the NorthCock o the North

3. High Road to GairlochHigh Road to Gairloch

4. Kafoozalum (Katie Beardie)Kafoozalum

5. Repeal the Poll TaxRepeal the Poll Tax

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6. A Guide to Scottish Fiddle Ornamentation

A Guide to Scottish Fiddle Ornamentation

7. Hector the HeroHector the Hero

8. East Neuk of FifeEast Neuk of Fife

9. Fear a PhigeFear a Phige

10. Fairy Dancefairy dance

11. Miss Stewart of GrantullyMiss Stewart of Grantully

12. The Atholl HighlandersAthole Highlanders

13. Da Guisers’ March

Da Guisers March

14. Jack Broke da Prison Door
Jack Broke da Prison Door

15. Da Merrie Boys o Greenland

Da Mirrie Boys o Greenland pdf

Da Mirrie Boys o Greenland

16. Louden’s Bonnie Woods and Braes

Louden’s Bonnie Woods and Braes pdf

Louden's Bonnie Woods and Braes

17. The Rowan Tree

The Rowan Tree pdf

The Rowan Tree

18. The Reel of Tullochgorum

The Reel of Tullochgorum pdf

The Reel of Tullochgorum

19. The Green Hills of Islay

The Green Hills of Islay pdf

The Green Hills of Islay

20. The Soldier’s Joy

The Soldier’s Joy pdf

The Soldiers Joy

21. The Tiree Bridal Song

The Tiree Bridal Song pdf

The Tiree Bridal Song

22. Lamb Skinnet

Lamb Skinnet pdf

Lamb Skinnet

23. Sarona

Sarona pdf

Sarona

24. Jig: Drops of Brandy

Drops of Brandy pdf

Drops of Brandy

25. Da Full Rigged Ship

Da Full Rigged Ship pdf

Da Full Rigged Ship

26. The Haughs of Cromdale

The Haughs of Cromdale pdf

The Haughs of Cromdale

27. Donald Blue

Donald Blue pdf

Donald Blue

28. Deil Among the Tailors

The Deil Among the Tailors pdf

The Deil Among the Tailors

29. The Bonnie Lass o Fyvie

The Bonnie Lass o Fyvie pdf

The Bonnie Lass o Fyvie

30. The Flower o the Quern

The Flower o the Quern pdf

The Flower o the Quern

31. Aitken Drum

Aitken Drum pdf

Aitken Drum

32. Mary Bain’s Wedding

Mary Bain’s Wedding pdf

Mary Bain's Wedding

33. Highland Whisky

Highland Whisky pdf

Highland Whisky

34. Deil Stick the Minister

Deil Stick the Minister pdf

Deil Stick the Minister

35. The Skye Boat Song

The Skye Boat Song pdf

The Skye Boat Song

36A. Mairi’s Wedding (in A)

Mairi’s Wedding (in A) pdf

Mairi's Wedding

36B. Mairi’s Wedding (in C)

Mairi’s Wedding (in C) pdf
Mairi's Wedding in C

37. Three Shetland Reels (set)

Three Shetland Reels pdf

Three Shetland Reels

38. Macpherson’s Rant

Macpherson’s Rant pdf

Macpherson's Rant

39. Roseline [Roslin] Castle

Roslin Castle pdf

Rosline Castle

40. Rory O’More

Rory O’More pdf

Rory O'More

41. Baby Prep Jig

Baby Prep Jig pdf

Baby Prep Jig

42. The Duchess Tree

The Duchess Tree pdf

The Duchess Tree

43. The Barnyards of Delgaty

The Barnyards of Delgaty pdf

The Barnyards of Delgaty

44. Sally Brown

Sally Brown pdf

Sally Brown


45. The Gentle Maiden

The Gentle Maiden pdf

The Gentle Maiden

46. The Duke of Gordon’s Birthday

The Duke of Gordon’s Birthday pdf

Duke of Gordon's Birthday

47. Rose Wood

Rose Wood pdf

Rose Wood

48. Oliver Jack

Oliver Jack pdf

Oliver Jack

49. The Queen’s Four Marys

The Queen’s Four Marys pdf

The Queen's Four Marys

50. Three Drunken Fiddlers

Three Drunken Fiddlers pdf

Three Drunken Fiddlers

51. The Cradle Song

The Cradle Song pdfThe Cradle Song

12 thoughts on “Fiddle Tutorials

  1. Larry Toto says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing. Hearing the nuanced phrasing sure makes for a more interesting tune. I am learning much by playing along. Larry

  2. Nancy Wilson says:

    Great! Thanks for posting. I’ve printed the music, and the videos are excellent tutorials and a great way to learn. After playing by ear for a year, my guitar reading has avenue on the violin and making good progress here. Thank you again!

  3. jan says:

    Great ideas – thanks! I’m a classical violinist from long time ago, trying to pick up the fiddle after many years – trying to play by ear this time so the videos are great with the wee help of the music when needed. Are you thinking about any tutorials on fiddle bowing techniques – reels/jigs etc – that wonderful rhythmic feel that fiddlers seems to give to the music? I’ll keep plugging away slowly!

    • rmgibson says:

      Thanks for your comment, Jan. A tutorial on bowing techniques is a good idea – I’ll get round to it one of these days! Shetland fiddlers call ‘that wonderful rhythmic feel’ lilt. It’s a really useful term! Best, R

  4. Amy says:

    Great tutorials. I have been playing the fiddle for about 8 months. I enjoy playing and learning new tunes.

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