Old Time Music
Fiddle Lessons

Online Video Lessons
Private Fiddle Lessons

Hi There! I’m Michael Ismerio, and I’ve been teaching old time music fiddle lessons for over 15 years.

My unique teaching approach focuses on using memory techniques to teach the foundational rhythms and the art of bowing to create an authentic old time fiddle sound.

Whether you are itching to get started with your first fiddle lesson, or have been at it for a while and hit a wall in your progress, I can help!

Private Fiddle Lessons

I’m based in Asheville, North Carolina, but teach students all over the world thru online fiddle lessons as well as in person locally. I created my instructional video lessons precisely to make it easier to teach online.  Everything you need to hear and see is already filmed, edited, and included in my videos, so no need to record content on your phone or via the internet.  All my one on one students gain access to the videos they need at their stage in their learning journey.

Private lessons are typically delivered in 1 hour sessions. For online lessons, we’ll use Zoom and work together to understand what you learned from the videos. If you live near Asheville, or are visiting, I teach out of private space in West Asheville.

Online Video Lessons

I’ve created a full course of 40 fiddle video lessons with more on the way. You’ll learn to play old time fiddle music from scratch.

Bowing is at the center of these lessons and at the center of Old Time Music.  Bowing and rhythm are what sets Old Time Music apart from other styles of traditional music.  I have had students who fiddled for 30 years but never consciously thought about bowing.  And, of course, if you are new to Old Time fiddle than bowing is THE perfect place to start.  It’s essential.

You can purchase the videos as single lessons or in five-lesson packs. However, for the best value, our All Access Pass gets you lifetime access to all current and future instructional fiddle lesson videos.

Read more below, or check out our Free Sample Course which includes three instructional fiddle videos of different skill levels.

Fiddle Video Options

The Art of Bowing:
An Instructional Video Series with Michael Ismerio

Single Lessons

  • Priced Individually
  • Lifetime Access

All Access Pass

$19999one time fee
  • All 40 Current Lessons
  • All Future Lessons
  • Lifetime Access
  • 1 Free Private Lesson

Lesson Packs

  • Packs of 5 Lessons
  • Lifetime Access

Welcome to my instructional videos.   They represent over 15 years of teaching and analyzing how my students learn.

These videos are organized intentionally.  They start with the foundational rhythms found in old time fiddle music and slowly build in complexity while layering more and more techniques onto the tunes.

And what sets them apart from other instructional videos is my use of mnemonics, or memory aids, to make the complex bowing patterns memorable and stick in our already overloaded memory banks.

These videos were created to be stand alone teaching aids but they work incredibly well in combination with online private lessons with me.  You can start the learning process with the videos and then during the one-on-one lesson we can problem solve, fine tune, and answer any questions that will come up.

Lifetime access to the videos can be purchased one video at a time, in lesson packs of 5, or via our All Access Pass. Note that the All Access Pass is the best value, and includes all current and FUTURE videos.

All Access Pass

If you are convinced that learning bowing is for you and you like the way I teach than the All Access Pass is the way to go.  It’s the most economical way to access my videos and it will only become a better value as I continue to add more videos to the series.

I will continue to add more content to the site and you will be able to see it all.

AND, if you purchase the All Access Pass I will throw in a free 30 minute private lesson using Zoom.

Think of yourself as an early supporter of this project, for which I thank you.

Michael Imserio teaches fiddle to a young girl

Individual Lessons & Lesson Packs

If your not ready to make the commitment of the All Access Pass, you can enroll in individual Lessons or purchase Lesson Packs of 5 videos

The series is designed to start at the beginning, with the foundational rhythms of old time music, and than increase in complexity.  You can move at any pace you like but I highly recommend going in order as the series builds upon itself, using techniques taught in earlier videos.

If you’ve got any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a note at michael.ismerio@gmail.com

Lessons and Lesson Packs are listed below…

Detailed Listings

You can click on any tune to purchase that single lesson.

Lesson Pack 1

Lesson pack #1 starts with what I consider the 5 foundational rhythms that are heard over and over again in Old Time music.  The tunes are all in cross G tuning which is more beginner friendly than standard tuning.

Tunes included in Lesson Pack 1 include…

#1 – Give Me a Chaw of Tobacco (included with free introductory course)

#2 – Old Corn Liquor

#3 – Sail Away Ladies

#4 – Jenny Run Away in the Mud in the Night

#5 – Rabbit Where’s Your Mammy

Lesson Pack 2

Lesson pack #2 continues in cross G tuning.  We now delve into the wide world of fiddle tunes by mixing and matching the foundational rhythms in different orders depending on the melody.  We also get into the 3rd dimension of fiddling by learning Ornaments and Circles to add additional rhythym to the melodies.

Lesson Pack 3

Lesson pack #3 continues working with circles to increase rhythm and then moves on to foot tapping, and switching rhythms on the fly.

Tunes included in Lesson Pack 3 include…

#11 – Daddy Shot a Field Lark

#12 – Flat foot in the ashes

#13 – Money in both pockets

#14 – Candy girl part 1

#15 – Candy girl part 2

Lesson Pack 4

Lesson pack #4 takes us to Standard Tuning to explore another way of playing in the key of G

Tunes included in Lesson Pack 4 include…

#16 – Fishing Time

#17 –Goodbye Liza Jane

#18 –Old Chattanooga

#19 –Seneca Squaredance

#20 –Roses in the Morning

Lesson Pack 5

Lesson pack #5 takes us to High Bass tuning (ADae) in order to have some fun with the key of D before returning to Standard Tuning to play a C tune.

Tunes included in Lesson Pack 5 include…

#21 –Step Around Johnny

#22 –Lady of the Lake

#23 – Hawks and Eagles

#24 – Sally Ann

#25 – Altamont

Lesson Pack 6

Lesson pack #6 continues in the Key of C and then explores the alternate tunings of GDad (key of G) and AEac# (Key of A)

Tunes included in Lesson Pack 6 include…

#26 –Indian Ate The Woodchuck

#27 – Saturday Night Breakdown

#28 – Got A Little Home To Go To

#29 – Saddle up the Gray

#30 – Bear Creek Sally Goodin

Lesson Pack 7

Lesson pack #7 takes us back to Cross G tuning (GDgd) to explore some intermediate tunes.

Tunes included in Lesson Pack 7 include…

#31 – Happy Hollow

#32 – Cat on a Leash

#33 –  Old Blue Tick

#34 – George Gann/Fire On The Mountain

#35 – Trouble on my Mind

Lesson Pack 8

Lesson pack #8 wraps up the current version of this course with some complex rhythm patterns in cross G and standard tunings.

Tunes included in Lesson Pack 8 include…

#36 – Kansas City Reel

#37 – Pretty Betty Martin

#38 – Jenny get around

#39 – Johnny Come Along

#40 – Ora Lee