About this course

If you have a fiddle hanging on the wall: now is the time to take it down and start playing. With the energy and playfulness of folk music, Vegar teaches beautiful tunes and easy second voices by ear. How to hold the fiddle and the bow, how to tune and change strings, how to play scales, and much much more. With the aid of a visual system that shows you which string and finger are being played, anyone can use this course to learn the fiddle.


Filmed by: Olav Luksengård Mjelva
Edited by: Jens Linell 

About the Fiddle

The fiddle, also known as the violin, has a long and rich history that can be traced back to the 16th century in Italy. The instrument was originally designed to be played in orchestras and other classical music settings. However, it soon became popular in folk music traditions around the world, including in regions such as Ireland, Scotland, the Nordic countries, and the Appalachian Mountains in the United States. The fiddle's popularity in these traditions can be attributed to its versatility and ability to convey emotion and tell stories through music. Today, the fiddle remains a beloved instrument in many genres of music, including folk, country, and bluegrass, and is appreciated for its beautiful sound and ability to evoke strong emotions in listeners.
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About Vegar Vårdal

Vegar Vårdal is a musician, dancer and composer with more than 20 years experience of performing as well as working as an educator. Vegar lives in Vågå in Gudbrandsdalen, but has the whole of Norway and the world as his working place. He plays both regular and Hardanger fiddle, with education from the Norwegian Academy of Music. Vegar is characterized as an energetic, playful and versatile musician - and moves across a wide range of genres. 

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