Fiddle Life Online
Learn to play the fiddle or cello-fiddle
Your instructors Laurel and Sascha, comprise the modern string duo The Wires. Through their lessons you will be whisked into a new world of your own abilities. Absolute Beginners and Intermediate players are welcome.SIGN UP NOW
All the tools and guidance to start playing tunes right away!
Have you ever wanted to learn how to fiddle? We specialize in teaching two types of adults: Absolute Beginners and Intermediate Players who are ready to dust off their instruments.
As musicians, we have spent our lives learning how to play across different fiddle genres from around the world. In our program we share everything we know in a clear and supportive teaching style.
There's no need to read music or memorize it. You don't even have to know how to hold a bow! We take the time to make sure you learn and progress with confidence.
Start fiddling right away!
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All Levels of Classes Included!
How it works
Once you sign up you get access to several courses including Absolute Beginner, Celtic Tunes, Old-Time, Romany and more! Every two months another fiddle-style course is added to the class plan. Coming this fall: Swedish Tunes & Accompaniment Styles. You will work at your own pace using the videos and PDF's of sheet music found within the website. If you want more, you are invited to attend our weekly Zoom classes for Absolute Beginners and Intermediate levels.
Absolute Beginner Level
Never played before? Not a problem! We will teach you proper technique so that you will have a solid foundation to play any type of music your heart desires. We also show you how to use sheet music with fingerings and string names so you don't have to memorize.
Dust off your instrument, choose your favorite genre and jump right in. We teach tunes by practicing WITH you rather than showing you quickly and expecting you to figure it out. We also dive into historical context and regional styles to help preserve the cultural integrity.
Live Classes with the Instructors
Live Classes: Each week there are optional live Zoom classes led by one or more instructors. Join us to ask questions and interact with others in the program. Recordings of these Zoom sessions are then posted on the site so you can poke your head in when you have time.
Online, Absolute Beginner Course:
All levels are included!
What makes this course special is that we've streamlined learning so that you don’t have to make big leaps in technique from tune to tune. One skill is introduced at a time so you progress steadily. You'll be thoroughly engaged and playing right away.
What you get:
- Step by step instructional videos starting with how to properly hold the instrument and get a good sound.
- We start at the VERY beginning. You can learn the first tune "Boil 'em Cabbage" in the first day.
- Tune cheat sheets! Don’t worry, you don’t need to learn how to read music. I will teach you a combination of learning by ear plus using a cheat sheet so you don’t have to memorize anything.
- Videos continually added to keep you progressing.
Online, Experienced Beginners / Intermediate:
All levels are included!
You will learn a variety of tunes in different styles, focusing on one style every two months.
What you get:
- Instructional videos of one tune/week
- Lesson videos that teach the notes of the tune at a slow and methodical pace.
- Advanced lesson videos to on how to make it sound stylistically fiddly.
- Slow tempo videos to practice with.
- Performance videos of the instructors playing arrangements of the tunes at a faster tempo.
- Sheet music with fingerings.
- Bonus Videos for learning specific fiddle techniques.
About your instructors
In addition to teaching, Laurel Parks and Sascha Groschang make up the Wires - an original modern string duo that composes music inspired by a variety of world styles. Both instructors collaborate on course material. Make sure you check out the Wires to hear styles and techniques headed your way!Listen to The Wires
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I love Laurel Parks!
She changed my life! I had always dreamed of playing music in a band, and performing in front of large crowds, but my extreme stage fright held me back from this dream. Laurel provided me with the perfect tools and methods to overcome this. I was shocked at how quickly my performance anxiety melted away with her help. I highly recommend Laurel Parks to cure your performance anxiety. She is magical and will transform you. I am so very thankful that I am now living my dream as a full-time performing musician!
I love Drunken Fiddles! Laurel is very welcoming and makes the classes enjoyable. The videos are so informative and you can do them at your own pace. You also get to share the with other group members in the on-line gatherings. I'd recommend this class to anyone who wants to have fun and learn to play the fiddle!
One takeaway from all this time of self-reflection during Quarantine is that I love music and I love playing my violin. I loved it before quarantine, but the time I’ve had to practice has been good for my soul. It’s taught me that it’s never too late to try something new or return to something you once loved. It also makes me forget about the bad things in this world. It restores my peace. Also grateful for my @drunkenfiddles family that I can still zoom with each week too!