A highly experienced instructor in all levels of fiddle, Gillian has taught private and group classes and workshops in Canada, US, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. Gillian has taken her well-honed teaching methods and has incorporated them into her comprehensive on-line program, Learn Celtic Fiddle.  This intensive program is comprised of more than 25 HD video lessons, supporting documents, a discussion forum and direct student-teacher access, all available through the online learning portal. Currently, absolute beginner to advanced students from all corners of the globe are learning how to play Cape Breton, Scottish and Irish tunes through Gillian’s program.

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“I tried to learn violin by myself last year but I really needed a system that works… and Gillian’s definitely works!” - Jeffray Fiset

“After finding by chance on YouTube a video of the magical playing of Gillian Boucher I then subscribed to  her Learn Celtic Fiddle program online and it has been a great method – progress has been made! Gillian’s method works and I can recommend it to anyone who wants to learn Celtic fiddle.  After having picked up the violin after leaving it in its case for 35 years I am now performing live in gigs with my fiddle – and apart from lots of practice it is also thanks to Gillian!” - Jenny Groome, Italy

“I really like the way the lessons start out nice and easy, it allowed me to listen carefully to the notes, make sure they were clean and crisp and in tune.  I know there are a million ways to learn the violin or fiddle on the internet, but what I really appreciate about the Celtic Fiddle program is that the tunes were Scottish (Celtic) in origin and were easy to learn.” - Craig Caldwell, Canada

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  • Unit 1 is a course for Absolute Beginners, or someone with limited or no knowledge of the fiddle. Each lesson features sheet music and diagrams to be printed off as well as a stunning professionally recorded HD video using multiple cameras to enable the best possible angles with clear views of both the finger-board and bow hand.

    Lesson 1 - The Basics! An introduction to your instrument; maintenance of the violin; bowing open strings. If you have just purchased, rented or borrowed a fiddle and aren't sure what to do next - this lesson is for you!

    Lesson 2 - Getting Started! Basic finger positions and an introduction to the key of A Major.

    Lesson 3 - Let's Play! Rhythm exercises to get your bow hand warmed up; an introduction to reading simple music for fiddle; 3 pieces of music.

    Lesson 4 -  Switching Keys! Introducing the key of D Major; more rhythm exercises for our bowing and simple pieces of music.

    Lesson 5 - Milestone! Introducing the key of G Major; slightly more advanced rhythm exercises; pieces of music; milestone piece of music - a bit of a challenge but we've made it this far indeed!

    (Total pieces of music in this course: 4, plus exercises and diagrams)

    Only $44.99 USD!

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  • Unit 2 is a course for Advanced Beginners, or students with some knowledge of the fiddle and reading simple tunes. Each lesson features sheet music and diagrams to be printed off as well as a stunning professionally recorded HD video using multiple cameras to enable the best possible angles with clear views of both the finger-board and bow hand.

    Lesson 1 – Slurs & 6/8 time! Exercise playing two notes together on one bow stroke; introducing 6/8 time - jig rhythm!

    Lesson 2 – Jigs! Discussion on the format of traditional music; learning Jigs.

    Lesson 3 – A Little Theory! Music theory lesson; new finger positions; 2-octave scales.

    Lesson 4 – More Jigs! Pieces of music incorporating new techniques and finger positions.

    Lesson 5 - Milestone! Introducing the March; milestone piece of music.

    Bonus Videos! 2 practice tunes with sheet music!

    (Total pieces of music in this course: 7, plus exercises and theory)

    Only $49.99 USD!

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  • Unit 3 is a course for Early Intermediates, or students with good knowledge of basic fiddle skills and are ready for more challenging techniques, embellishments and pieces of music. Each lesson features sheet music and diagrams to be printed off as well as a stunning professionally recorded HD video using multiple cameras to enable the best possible angles with clear views of both the finger-board and bow hand.

    Lesson 1 – The Cut & The Strathspey! Exercises introducing the Scottish 'cut' or 'burrell'; learning strathspeys.

    Lesson 2 – The Roll! Introducing the Irish Roll and incorporating it into jigs.

    Lesson 3 – Ready for Reels! Reels and new finger positions.

    Lesson 4 – The Hornpipe! Pieces of music incorporating new techniques and finger positions.

    Lesson 5 - Milestone! The Miss Lyall set of strathspeys and reels!

    (Total pieces of music in this course: 10, plus exercises and theory)

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  • Unit 4 is a course for Advanced Intermediates, or students with strong fiddle skills, ready for more advanced theory, techniques, embellishments and pieces of music. Each lesson features sheet music and diagrams to be printed off as well as a stunning professionally recorded HD video using multiple cameras to enable the best possible angles with clear views of both the finger-board and bow hand.

    Lesson 1 – Minor Madness! Discovering E minor, A minor and B minor with rhythm scale exercises.

    Lesson 2 – Minor… Major! Challenging reels that discover the compliments of both major and minor sounds.

    Lesson 3 – Jumping Jigs! Exploring some simple differences between Scottish and Irish approach to jigs.  

    Lesson 4 – Slippery Jigs! Introducing 9/8 time signature and slip jigs.

    Lesson 5 - Milestone! Reels and incorporating advanced technique.

    Bonus Video! 1 practice tune with sheet music!

    (Total pieces of music in this course: 9 plus exercises and theory)

    Only $49.99 USD!

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  • Unit 5 is a course for Advanced players and students with strong technique, developed ear training or sight reading skills, fluid playing and who can handle complex arrangements of tunes. Students at this level are ready for more advanced techniques, embellishments and pieces of music. Each lesson features sheet music and diagrams to be printed off as well as a stunning professionally recorded HD video using multiple cameras to enable the best possible angles with clear views of both the finger-board and bow hand.

    Lesson 1 – Technique-building exercises. Challenging exercises for strengthening both finger pattern and bow-arm technique.

    Lesson 2 – Slow Air. Disscussing the integrity of the slow air. A featured piece from my album, Attuned.

    Lesson 3 – Asturian Jig Set. A challenging set of Jigs and featured arrangement from my album, Attuned.

    Lesson 4 – Feisty Farrel O'Gara. A challenging set of traditional Irish reels, a featured arrangement from my album, Attuned.

    Lesson 5 - Gaelic Medley. A traditional Cape Breton style set featuring a March, two Strathspeys and a reel.

    (Total pieces of music in this course: 11 plus exercises)

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