beginning fiddle tunes for a 8 year old

beginning fiddle tunes for a 8 year old

I need a list for some beginner tunes for my eight year old daughter, her fiddle is 3/4 and her hands are small, any tune suggestions.
Thanks,
Bob

Re: beginning fiddle tunes for a 8 year old

Wow, Bob - it sounds like you’re me — I mean, my daughter is eight, just starting violin, and she loves the music I play and listen to, and I need stuff to get her started as well. So, I guess I’m seconding the request. It’s not like I can bring her into a session around here — they’re all in bars and start after she goes to bed!
:)

Re: beginning fiddle tunes for a 8 year old

Try Paul McNevin’s book "The Irish Fiddle", especially the early sections.
Trevor

Re: beginning fiddle tunes for a 8 year old

Pick a tune that she knows. She doesn’t know any tunes? Play her some until she finds one that she really really loves, and then teach her that one, or at least, help her get it out of her fiddle — if she really loves it, she’ll listen to it until she knows it already before picking up the fiddle. (Bet she could squeak out Happy Birthday and Twinkle Twinkle easily enough.)

Mountain Road
Humours of Tulla
Merry Blacksmith

Anything pretty repetitive is easier to learn, though.

Re: beginning fiddle tunes for a 8 year old

Problem is, her fave (right now) is President Garfield’s Hornpipe.
Bad key, too.
We’ll work on it ….

Re: beginning fiddle tunes for a 8 year old

Britches Full of Stitches - polkas are a great place to start.

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Re: beginning fiddle tunes for a 8 year old

Out on the Ocean is a nice starter.

-Athena

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Re: beginning fiddle tunes for a 8 year old

Mairi’s Wedding is a good starter tune. Teach her the words as well.

Re: beginning fiddle tunes for a 8 year old

marches such as Roddy Mc Corley, Dawning of the Day etc are always ones I teach to beginners. Its never failed. Then once they grasp those, try a few polkas

Re: beginning fiddle tunes for a 8 year old

I sympathise with Fyffer Guy - my six year old daughter’s favourite is "Compliments to Sean Maguire" - however, we managed to persuade her that "The Skye Boat Song" was a better tune to start with! It also has nice words.

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As Brad once said, it’s all fun and games until someone starts up Britches Full of Stitches. ;) I teach a lot of eight year olds to dance, and easy isn’t always the best way with them — I find they tend to be very decided about what they like and don’t. But of course, YMMV — they’re all different at the same time they’re all similar!

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I’d second Lara, try the old favourites like and then move on to polkas. Just keep in mind jigs before reels.

Good luck.

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I vote in favor of that motion. Marches are very easy for a beginner, what with the steady beat and the tendency to a simpler melody. When I was a beginning violinist, lo these many years ago, my mother gave me some Welsh marches to play out my grandfather’s Gymanfa Ganu book, and they did me a lot of good.

Although if you have your heart set on britches, the Martin Hayes slow version which is posted on this site as The Britches is a fairly easy way to start. And when she knows it by memory, you can show her how to speed it up —- so she’ll not only learn a tune, she’ll learn a way to learn a tune.

https://thesession.org/tunes/277

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Thanks all, she’s a advance beginner and novice step dancer so when I play a tune I make it mandatory for her to tell what tune it is and the style.
Bob

Re: beginning fiddle tunes for a 8 year old

Oooo, even easier, then. Surely she has a practice cd or two. She probably already knows the tunes on those, whether she realizes it or not — does she have One More Time?

Re: beginning fiddle tunes for a 8 year old

No she doesn’t have that one, she has a couple of tony Nothers and a Pat King one. Only the Tony Nothers one "Stepping Out" has a list of the song titles. You like One More Time? I know I heard it but can’t recall any of it right now. We got a feis to go to in a couple of weeks maybe will pick it up then.
Bob

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Do, insofar as I’m concerned, it’s the best of the whole lot (even though I love Tony Nother to death, what a grand man he is!).