OFCRI Sponsored Novice Fiddle Classes

The Old Fiddler’s Club of Rhode Island has occasionally sponsored novice fiddle classes in the interest of getting people interested in the joy of playing the fiddle. The classes are usually held in the Community Room at Westfield Village, Danielson CT in September and October. These classes are designed primarily for beginners, but those who have previously had some lessons may also find these classes useful for “brushing up”. By the way, there’s no difference between a fiddle and a violin, only in the manor or “style” the instrument is played. Someone once said “A violin sings, a fiddle dances”.

Basic information such as how to hold the fiddle, holding the bow, tuning and keeping the instrument in tune will be taught, keeping in mind there’s more latitude on these subjects when playing a fiddle compared with what you may have learned in classical violin instruction. Considerable time will be spent on learning basic finger position and a few scales. Then we’ll move into the fun part of learning a some simple fiddle tunes. Fiddle tunes are often learned “by ear” and this will strongly be encouraged during these class, but we will also provide basic information on learning how to read conventional sheet music (standard notation) because many fiddlers find this a helpful tool when learning more complex tunes.

You must have your own fiddle to attend our classes!

We often spend a lot of time trying to get some fiddles brought to our classes in playable condition.  If you are unsure of the condition of your fiddle PLEASE have it checked by one of the repair people listed at the bottom of the page.

Classes begin in mid September and continue through the last week in October. We meet Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Classes are limited to 15 adults, 16 years or older. Those interested should contact:

Missy Joyal


email: joyal40@yahoo.com

2012 Fiddle Class

2013 Fiddle Class

2017 Fiddle Class


YouTube is a great resource for novice to advanced fiddlers alike.  Literally thousands of videos on fiddling are available but, as someone learning to play for the first time you may want to use YouTube to help you set up and tune your fiddle before coming to our first class. Later, when you become more familiar with the basics, it may be difficult deciding which of all those videos best suits your needs. For those who already know something about fiddling there are huge collections of fiddle tunes available.


Instruction Books

Some folks previously attending the novice fiddle classes have found You Can Teach Yourself Fiddling, by Craig Duncan a helpful adjunct to learning. You can purchase new copies from Amazon for around  $15.99 plus shipping. Used copies at variable reduced prices are also available from Amazon. To find out more click Here



Class # 1 – September 19, 2018  Class 1 (click on red text to review)

 Class # 2 – September 26, 2018 Class 2

Class # 3 – October 3, 2018  Class 3

Class # 4 – October 10, 2018 Class 4

Class # 5 – October 17, 2018 Class 5

Class #6 – October 24, 2018 Class 6


Fiddle Sale, Rental & Repair

Violin Sales & Rental

Music & Arts, 903 Hartford Turnpike (Rt. 85), Waterford, CT – 860-442-8884

Dennis McCarten, Pawtucket, RI – 201- 312-4258
Song-A-Day Music, Coventry, CT – 860- 742-6878

Violin Repair
David Cockerline, Killingly, CT – 860- 933-4464
Dennis McCarten, Pawtucket, RI – 201- 312-4258
Michael Lyons Violins, Foster, RI – 401- 647-4747


Violin Teachers

Tim St.Jean, Putnam, CT – 860- 928-3075
Jim Hammett, Song-A-Day Music, Coventry CT – 860- 742-6878
Killingly School of Music, Danielson, CT – 860- 774-2830
UCONN Community School of the Arts, Storrs, CT – 860- 486-1073