Hi again Mary...you can find hundreds of sheet mustic to traditional Irish music...Ceol tradaisiunta at The session.org..also try to pick up O'Neill's Music of Ireland by Miles Krassen, (Oak Publications) which has the sheet music for 1,000 celtic tunes...Good Luck...your fellow fiddler...Lou
Hi Mary....Here's my method from one New Englander to another...Practice....Practice....Practice...I know you will succeed, I am 68 years old and I practice...Practice....Practice...Also practicing Celtic Harp and whistle...Celtic music is just the greatest...I try to make my practice sessions fun...I wish the best...Regards...Lou
Good luck with the fiddle!
Suzuki is a good way to learn tunes by ear, which is the way trad. music is usually learned.
My recommendation to learn Irish fiddle at home is to try Matt Cranitch's 'Irish Fiddle' book/CDs (Ossian/music sales) and Peter Cooper's 'Complete Irish Fiddle Player' book/CDs (Mel Bay)....
Matt's book is very beginner friendly. Peter's is a bit more advanced. Both show bowings and ornamentation ideas.
Also, Homespun has a bunch of great fiddle DVDs that you can buy, including some by Kevin Burke.
Be heartly welcome in the friendly LI community..! You will find lots of good folks in here... May your journey be worthwhile..! From now on, consider yourself at home in here...
Looking forward to meet you in the chatroom..!
P.s. What a great idea of learning the violin at the same time, your son and you..!!! Enjoy..!