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Thank you for your interest in membership to this site! In addition to receiving the best fiddle lessons on the net at a very affordable price, you will be directly helping in the work of my musical outreach for children in the Appalachian high country. For a nominal fee, you will have unlimited access to ALL fiddle lesson videos, sheet music (both tablature and standard notation), and professional jam track MP3s. You will also have direct access to my expertise on our interactive forum.

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Old Joe Clark
Boil Them Cabbage Down
What a Friend We Have in Jesus

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"You got the best teacher you could possibly have, the tabs and measure by measure lessons and a bunch of new friends on a very very good clean forum."-Rock, Northwestern Tennessee

 Fiddler Clint"I have followed you on YouTube for years and am a big fan. You are doing a great job and providing a tremendous resource for us 'flat landers.' Thanks again !" -Clint, Central South Carolina

Fiddler Kevin"(Orange Blossom Special) Wow, John, this is the first measure-by-measure video that I’ve watched here (I’m a newbie subscriber). It’s beautiful because it has such detail — I can see you, see the marks on your bow, hear your words, see a close up of your fingers, watch the bouncing blue ball, hear the notes, and track the beat and notes along on the PDF sheet music you’ve provided. For an advanced song like OBS, that measure-by-measure video teaching method is worth its weight in gold. Easily the best one on the net." -Kevin, Vernon, British Columbia

"I would like to thank you for what you are doing for the young folks and even the older ones like me. I have been teaching myself fiddle and the only beneficial online site has been you on you tube and this site, just wanted to say thank you." -Jason, Texas

"The new website looks great!! The video that includes how to hold the bow correctly is great!!! Well.. I have to admit, I did watch all the videos from beginning to end.. and they were all great!!! We have talked before through email and as I said, you are pretty much my mentor.. I just hope I can someday get at least half as good as you are.  All I have to learn from are your videos I found on youtube as well as a few other ones but in my honest opinion, there isn’t anyone at least that I’ve seen that knows how to teach in such an easy to understand way as you do!! I really appreciate everything you are doing to keep the music we so dearly love alive. Kind Regards." -Jerry

Fiddler Karine"This is amazing. Very clear and great to follow along with the music sheets. Thank you so much for your excellent work. With your patience and the way you take the time to teach the basics, you truly are a blessing for beginners like me!"
-Karine, Ontario, Canada

"This new site is great! Our family has enjoyed your fiddle instruction videos on youtube, and we are glad to find this upgrade to your fantastic service which helps our 3 girls (and boy!) learn to fiddle. Thanks for all the care and attention to the instructions for each song!" -White Family, Western North Carolina

Fiddler Ann"Tonight I decided that it was time for me to learn some basics so I went to Boil Them Cabbage Down. Wow, just what I needed. John taught this lesson perfectly as far as I’m concerned. For me, he taught it better than a fiddle teacher sitting beside me." -Ann, Southern Ontario

"So, John, I have been listening and learning from you for many years. I actually feel like I know you, I've used your site so many times. I see your family and the great work you do teaching and sharing your talent with young people in your area. You are a living testament to your beliefs. What greater honor can anyone attain in their life . I truly believe, that, serving your fellow man, is service to God. This service is a continuous prayer. What could be seen by some as mundane, is elevated to the realm of Spirit.

John, I now would like to formally say,"Thank You"  my with all my Heart for the inspiration, encouragement and gift of music that you have given to me. You did this without ever knowing me ( and the many, many others like me) or expecting anything in return. It's said, that a good deed is it's own reward. God bless you and your lovely family and all the many students you help and inspire. 'A wonderful song giveth Wings to the Spirit and filleth the heart with exaltation....' "  -Dennis, California

Fiddler Peggy"As I wash last night’s dishes and listen to John play Golden Fiddle Waltz, trying to hear it a million and one times to get it into my head good… while struggling through the beginning parts… I was thinking: I’m a self-taught, back porch fiddler…. not been playing that long, about six years.  Here I stumble onto this site, join up… and wow… whether I’ll ever get so good at some of these beautiful things or not, my goals have catapulted bigtime… here I am playing things like Bobby Hicks style Maiden’s Prayer, Gardenia Waltz, and now tackling this Golden Waltz to see what happens with that.  In the mean time, the regular fiddling I do is only getting better and better… then I look at stuff like Candy Girl… John Cockman plays this, these old time dance tunes, then goes on to do Celtic, Bluegrass, Gospel, or these amazing waltzes… like he is definitely comfortable in the spirit of any of these kinds of tunes on the fiddle.  And how on earth he manages to play this stuff and smile at the same time…lol.  I look like something is gnawing my toes off while I’m playing.  Anyway… just stopped the music and put down the dish rag for a minute to say a big thanks to John, for what has happened to my fiddling for these past months.  I’ve got goals way beyond what I ever envisioned." -Peggy, Northern Kentucky

"Hi, John, thank you so much for this wonderful website.  I’ve been playing fiddle less than 1 year, and this website has been a blessing!!  Thanks again, and God bless you." -Mary, South Georgia

Fiddlers David and Norma"Wow John, What a fantastic lesson. This exceeds anything I ever imagined. You are an amazing teacher and if possible an even better fiddle player. Thanks so much for everything you do. I am so glad to have found this site. I will always be in awe of your ability, dedication and sincere appreciation of music and helping others. You are truly an inspiration to us all. THANK YOU!!!!" -David and Norma, Central Texas

"My name is Jeff,and I'm 44 years old.I just started to play violin,and come across your online lessons. I couldn't help but get hooked on your site. You make learning quite easy! :)" -Jeff

Fiddler Gu"Wow ! Just heard the lesson, very awesome John, thanks so much for the hard work and amazing results, those shuffles are going to help A LOT for me, most songs they play here in french are in D and G. After these lessons I will be able to add some quality shuffling to their songs and with colour. Your lessons are so much what I need to learn."
-Nagumaq, Algonquin, North Québec

"Love this awesome performing and lesson teaching. I thank you very much indeed. Your gentle and velvet voice balms my heart to reminisce the beautiful moment in my life." -Mike

Fiddler Justine"I benefit very much from the juxtaposition of your vocal explanations, frontal playing, birds-eye hand view, notes and tablature with the little blue ball bouncing along. This is unique to your lessons." - Justine, Northern Alabama

Fiddler Angela"John, the site is amazing. Not only are you a gifted musician, but you are a gifted teacher and communicator, as well. I appreciate all the personal elements you put into this.  So glad to be part of a community, also, where we can share in each others’ progress. I really love seeing each new step my fellow BGDU fiddlers take…it truly is motivational and inspirational!" -Angela, Kentucky

"Thank you so much for your lessons! This is the first site I have found where I actually understand what is being played and also how to read violin tab." -Rachel

Fiddler Barbara"Thank You’s to you my friend, mentor, & teacher, for all your valuable time and knowledge you pour out for us. Through your website, a special place in my life is being filled and I am so blessed and thankful." -Barbara, Northwestern Oregon

"You're unbelievable. I’m learning more from your site then I’ve learned in 3 months in music school. Your teaching is so easy to understand." -William

Fiddler Christopher"I’m 52 and a beginner to be honest. I am having so much fun. I probably shouldn’t jump around so much but to be honest these sounds are the ones that had rekindled my fiddle interest after so many years. Thanks for a great website."
-Christopher, Hendersonville, North Carolina

88 comments on “Join today!
  1. nagumaq nagumaq says:

    Hi John ! How are you ? I just wanted to contact you via my new email is the same as the last but at 😀, And I lost your email . Hope your having a great spring , blessings to everyone and a super camp ! A bientôt mon ami .

  2. vstjudy says:

    I am a life member and locked out. I used reset password and it failed over and over. Please help me now.

  3. Steve Srader Steve Srader says:

    Three months at a time would be better for Me. Social Security Fixed income 67 years young do You have a plan that would better fit my needs? Please reply to my E-mail .

  4. Misty Payne says:

    I did join, and was working on the intermediate lesson of I’ll Fly Away, but now I am getting this error message “Sorry
    There was an issue with playback.” Any ideas on this? Thanks, Misty

    • John Cockman says:

      Hi Misty, thank you for joining! I’m not currently experiencing any playback issue with any of the I’ll Fly Away videos. Is it still happening? If so, send me an email at and I’ll do some troubleshooting with you. It always helps to make sure that your browser is up to date, and also Adobe Flash for the Vimeo videos. John

  5. Clare Roach says:

    John, I’d like to pay for a one month subscription to see how much my son uses this site. Then, if he like it, bump it up to a one-year or lifetime subscription. Can you easily change your level of subscription?

    Also, how often do you add songs?

    Thank you,

  6. Joy K McCallister says:

    Hello John, My daughter is currently taking banjo lessons from Billy Cockman. We are a homeschooling family. My son Alec is 15 and is a more intermediate to advanced fiddle player. Would this be a good place for him to continue to grow?

    • John Cockman says:

      Hi Joy, I think that is a great idea. The site will be a big benefit to him. If you need a face-to-face teacher to keep him on task, our brother Ben Cockman is a pretty good fiddler himself!

  7. Letha Morris says:

    Hi John, I enjoy your lessons. I’m working on Oh Holy Night. I like your ending after the high note of D. I can’t figure out what notes you play from there. Can you please help me? Thank you.

  8. FRANK LATIMER says:

    Hi John
    I have been a subscriber to your site for a few years .I enjoy your playing and teaching style .I live in NY but I winter in NC. I would like to meet you in person and play a few tunes. I am a decent mandolin player and i have been trying the fiddle for many years. I think my fiddle playing would improve a great deal if I played tunes with another fiddler. There are no fiddle players in my NY neighborhood. I would like to fly up to your area this winter for a few lessons. I am near Whiteville NC for most of the winter. Thank You Frank Latimer

  9. Cecelia Parsley says:

    Do you not answe from this message board once one joins? What is the best way to ask you questions & get a prompt answer? Thank you!

  10. Cece Parsley says:

    Help! I created an account & paid my monthly fee via my husband’s Paypal account: Now when I try to login I get the message “incorrect user name or password”. But I am using the correct name & password. Have tried numerous times. Even backed out & reopened your web site. ?

  11. Cece Parsley says:

    Thank you for your prompt reply! I read more reviews & the pros greatly outnumbered the cons! I can’t wait to get started. God bless you.

  12. Cece Parsley says:

    Hello John, my name is Cece Parsley. I noticed in reading reviews on the “Don’t Fret” there were some Cons on applying & removing. My husband bought me a good, inexpensive fiddle on ebay. But, then I heard you say that one could purchase a fiddle from your site with the “Don’t Fret” already set up. I wish I’d known! Did not see any link saying this on your choices. My concern is some says it is very difficult to get the theprecise placement of the “Don’t Fret” sticker. I am 65 years young & want so badly to play a fiddle. I used to sing & perform country (traditional) & play guitar by ear.
    I am going to sign up.

    • John Cockman says:

      Hi Cece, so glad you’ve decided to follow your dream! I don’t have any more fiddles for sale, but I need to do that again. The Don’t Fret sticker is fairly easy to apply. It bumps right up against the nut, so it’s hard to go wrong! I usually cut away the area near the nut on the left side, where my thumb rests. Otherwise, I don’t modify it in any way. Removing is simple — just peel it off. If reside remains, remove gently with a damp cloth.

  13. John Cockman says:

    I”m glad to hear that!

    I use an LR Baggs bridge pickup like this one:

    You’ll have to shape the bridge when you get it!

  14. Randy says:

    just a short note to let you know updated flash driver worked wonders 🙂
    quick question what amp pick-up do you endorse ? ive looked at the Band-it, baggsand one other all run about 175 -300 bucks ( planning ahead )

  15. Randy says:

    sad news for me 🙁 your videos wont play on computer

    • John Cockman says:

      Hi Randy, the videos are hosted on Vimeo, which is an Adobe Flash platform. You can visit to see if anything there plays. If videos from Vimeo do not play, this can usually be fixed by either updating your web browser or by updating Adobe Flash. Here is the link to download and install the newest version of Flash:

      When Flash is reinstalled, restart your browser try the videos again.

  16. crosseyedgal says:

    John, the website is only recognizing me as a free subscription—but I have been paying monthly for around a year. Sue Custer in Luray, VA

    • John Cockman says:

      Hi Sue, I’m sorry about the account status hiccup. I’m not sure when or why that happened! I have reinstated you as a monthly subscriber. Thank you for your subscription! John

  17. Audie Hunt says:

    Hello John, Audie Hunt here. First of all let me say that as an instructor, musician and performer, you are really good at what you do. I appreciate the fact that you are teaching so many of our young people how to play fiddle, mandolin and guitar. I am grateful for you and the music that you are teaching. I am very much looking forward to the doublestop lessons that you said would be forthcoming. Even though I have been playing the fiddle for over 30 years, there is still a lot to learn, and thankfully I have you to help me further my musical skills. My grandfather learned to play the fiddle on the back of a muleskinner and won several state and local fiddle competitions. My mother’s side of the family were very much musically inclined, there being 11 children in all to work on the family farm, but my dad’s side of the family produced only one musician and that was my dad on guitar . Enough rambling!! I’m very glad to be here! Thanks John!!

    Audie Hunt
    From the Bayou State

    • John Cockman says:

      Hi Audie, thank you for the kind words! I’m so glad you chose I love to hear about people’s musical history. So often, it was because they were in a large family with not much else to do in the way of entertainment. That is my story too! God bless, hope to hear more from you.

  18. Lori Clark says:

    I’m a 5th grade teacher and am very interested in hearing your slow, Western-style “Cotton-Eyed Joe.” My class will be learning a line dance to one version or another, and your sample was great! Could I have free download of it as a donation to Potter Valley Elementary School in Potter Valley, California? Our performance will be on May 27. We have chosen which dance we will learn, and need to make a song selection.ASAP
    Thank you for your consideration,
    Lori Clark

  19. Jeri Ann Payne says:

    tried several times to sign-up with Paypal, keep getting

    : field #7 TOKEN IS MISSING : ERROR?

    any clue?

  20. Daniel Comfort says:

    I tried to sign up just now via PayPal (monthly subscription) and it said “Error #7. Field format error: TOKEN is missing.”

    Seems there is a problem with processing our payment.

  21. fiddler51 fiddler51 says:

    Hi John,
    Thought I would try out your lessons for a month. I have been playing for 2 years but not so much bluegrass as learning violin through lesson books. I have enjoyed your work so far.

  22. boomer says:

    I was repeat playing my fiddle to your video and jam-tracks of Uncle Pen and each time I had to manually lay the bow down restart the playback, pick it the bow and start again. Over and Over
    It would be a real help to your students if you could insert an automatic “REPLAY” button for the videos and jam-tracks with about a 1 or 2 second delay. I am going to place this on the forum to see if other students could benefit from a “REPLAY” selection.

  23. boomer says:

    John ,
    My guitar player is not familiar with the tunes that I
    play from your site.
    I was hoping you could add the chord changes onto the note/tab sheets in order to facilitate some one playing backup.
    Jim (boomer)

  24. boomer says:

    I corrected my problem concerning joining with PAYPAL.
    Here’s how I did it.
    DO NOT highlight the PAYPAL option which is shown along side the other credit card payment choices.
    Drop directly down to the next line showing the separate PAYPAL logo and click on that. It will take the user direct to the PAYPAL site and then the payment method is the same as for all PAYPAL transactions.
    Jim (boomer)

  25. Jake Fowler says:


    I just signed up but my username and password are not recognized. Help.


    • John Cockman says:

      Hi Jake, PayPal is still not working on the site. I hope it will be fixed soon. I think the credit card option is still working, however. I’m sorry for the inconvenience! John

  26. James Bomar says:

    1. Any resolution on the PAYPAL problem and can you clear my previous attempts at logging-on, I only have 4 attempts left. If you can clear my previous attempts at logging on, I will join using credit card.
    2. What strings do you use on your violin? I like its mellow sound.
    James Bomar

    • John Cockman says:

      Hi James, no resolution on the PayPal issue so far. It isn’t happening with everyone who attempts, so it is hard to debug. I have reset the login attempt counter if you would like to try the credit card option as well.

      I use Helicores on my violin. I love the way they sound on this particular instrument.

  27. Craig Bailey says:

    Hey John, I am a pastor and military chaplain in Alabama and have been struggling with trying to learn fiddle for some time. I am considering joining your site. I wanted to ask and see if you do any sort of military discount?


    Craig Bailey

    • John Cockman says:

      Hi Craig, thank you for your service to the Lord and to our country. I currently don’t offer any military or senior discounts, but I do try to keep the most inexpensive subscription rate on the web. Thank you for considering my site! John

  28. Martin2015 says:

    hi john i have joined for life a few weeks ago and am realy enjoyin the lessons i am 76 years old and have never played a fiddle in my life before am playing by ear in intermeadate never to old to learn an old dog new tricks thanks so much for the online lessons

  29. Sandy says:

    New to website an really enjoy. I would like to see a daily plan to keep me on track. Is this available. I am a older player an had stopped playing for 50 years an want to get going again but need direction. Would like to hear from other older players an what keeps you challenged

    • John Cockman says:

      Thanks Sandy, and welcome! A lesson plan is something I have been wanting to develop, but have not been able to do it yet. Most people just start working through the tunes that catch their fancy, but It would be nice to have an ordered plan. The thing that keeps me challenged is performance. Knowing I will soon be in front of an audience really makes me work harder!

  30. beini53 says:

    Hi John, thanks for the exquisite teaching!
    In my life I fulfill pensions me a childhood dream and I’ve learned a lot with you. Thanks.
    Greetings beini53

  31. augustine says:

    super violin method.

  32. augustine says:

    Good lesson of violin and wanted gets more details.

  33. Ralph Mayer Ralph Mayer says:

    Am greatly enjoying your lessons on “Boil them Cabbage” and appreciate your methods and especially tabulature. Double stops are a fading mystery and I love working on this piece. Would be joining your site but my attempts at providing a password aren’t accepted. Did I miss a step somewhere?

    Is “Ashoken Farewell” in your lessons somewhere? Bought a fiddle mostly because I love that song so much.

    Drove through your area a week or so back and it’s one of the most gorgeous places on earth. Ralph Mayer

    • John Cockman says:

      Thanks Ralph! I do have a lesson on Ashokan Farewell. To see the lessons, just click on the “Lessons” tab above. I’m sorry you are having trouble signing up! You can give me a call at 828-773-5493 and I will try to walk you through the process.

  34. wayne smith says:

    Thanks John I,m signed up.

  35. wayne smith says:

    HI John, I am trying to get a membership to your lessons, but when I try to pay the site will not let me pay. An exclamination mark comes on the screen saying ( That E-mail address is already in use, please try again). I do not understand what is happening. I may have tried to join before and my E-mail address is still in the system!!! I love your lessons and would like to get a membership. Could you please help me? Thanks, Smitty53

    • John Cockman says:

      Hi Smitty, this happens every now and then. If you have a free account that is associated with your email address, you need to log in using that account name and then upgrade to a paid membership. The system will only accept one account per email address! I will email your login information to you.

  36. Cameron Recoskie says:

    Hey John. I am going to join as I think this is probably the best teaching website I’ve seen to date. Excellent job! I live in Ontario, Canada and I was wondering if you knew Maple Sugar by Don Messer? Most people who have ever listened to fiddle music have obviously, but I was wondering if you had it tabbed out and can play it? It would be excellent if you were able to provide tab and instruction on this iconic Canadian tune.



  37. Darren says:

    John do you have any videos explaining how to play harmony lines in different chords like when playing a song out of G chord or keys of D,E,A,F,B and so forth?

  38. Anthony Coyne says:

    I like your site and videos.
    My disabilities keep me from playing in chin position, therefore, my desire is learning to play a violin in cello position.
    Would your lessons/tabs accommodate my unorthodox playing position/style?
    Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Anthony R. Coyne, MSW, QMHP
    Social Worker, Clinical Therapist

    • John Cockman says:

      Hi Anthony, I don’t put a lot of stress on the positioning of the fiddle. A lot of old time fiddlers actually place the fiddle on their chest near the armpit, or resting on the arm instead of under the chin. The violin is a little awkward in the cello position because it is more difficult to anchor with your legs and therefore tends to rotate a bit. However, I have seen it done. Nonetheless, the tabs and finger positions would be the same whether you played it as a leg instrument or an arm instrument. I would certainly not discourage you from adopting an unorthodox style, if it allowed you to play and enjoy the fiddle.

      • Anthony Coyne says:

        Hello John,
        Thank you.
        My “Don’t Fret” sticker’s (fiddle & cello) should be arriving today.
        I am looking forward to my journey, and using your site to help guide me along my way. As for my unorthodox style, I am adapting to a more lap rest cello type position using my shoulder rest’s: Kun (regular position) & AcoustaGrip (top of violin back) positioned to rest against my lower abdomen (Kun) and middle pectorals (AcoustaGrip), as opposed to a leg position being an right leg above knee amputee.
        The journey begins…
        Thank you for your time and consideration.

  39. daryl says:

    if I join up how do I cancel if I need to?

  40. chardy53 says:

    John, just signed up for life! I have two songs that I would love for you to do. The Fartherist Horizon (sleepy mountain banjo boys) and Wagon Wheel (OCM). I am retiring in two weeks and have been playing the fiddle for almost twenty years. Thanks for your easy to understand lessons!

    • John Cockman says:

      Yay! Break out the balloons, streamers, and noise-makers! I appreciate your membership. 🙂 Congratulations on your retirement! I have logged your request. Wagon Wheel will be the next lesson after my current series on playing backup.

  41. Johnny D says:

    Hi John,
    I am older and have a stocky build so my hands are big with large fingers. The violin fingerboard seems pretty small. Do you think a fellow could learn to twist his hands around like I would need to and finger the strings so close together. It seems that long skinny fingers and large hands are needed.
    Thnaks in advance for your reply.

    • John Cockman says:

      Hi Johnny, my hands aren’t small and I don’t have too much trouble hitting the notes. When I hit adjacent notes with different fingers, I do have to slide the previous finger out of the way a little bit. Some tight double-stops take an effort, but these are more rare. As with any new skill, the fingers are going to be awkward at first, but with practice it gets easier.

  42. Magaucher says:

    I just joined your fiddle camp and really enjoying it, I’m staring with Liza Jane and it’s coming along, I hope with time the sound will improve on my playing.

  43. fiddler51 fiddler51 says:

    Hi John, I have been playing for a year now and was wondering where you think I should start with the lessons? I can play your intermediate version of “What a Friend We Have In Jesus”, which I really like. I have worked through “You Can Teach Yourself Fiddle” with Craig Duncan. I really like your style of teaching.
    Thanks for your help.

    • John Cockman says:

      Hi Glen, I am working on a curriculum but it isn’t quite ready. I recommend that you start with some of the beginner songs under the “Lessons” tab, then move on to your favorite intermediate numbers. Thanks! John

  44. captduck says:

    I saw where someone said they “joined primarily because of the fiddler playing Faded Love”. I haven’t been able to find “Faded Love” among the lessons. I would love to learn some of those Bobby Hicks licks for it like are shown in the “Maiden’s Prayer” lesson. Is “Faded Love” actually here, and I just can’t find it?

  45. steve says:

    Hi John,
    Is it possible to enroll for a month, and then several months later enroll again for another month? We can’t afford to do it for several months in a row, but we would really like to do it.

  46. Gerald Bailey says:

    I just joined the and looking forward to the instruction material access . I joined primarily because of the fiddler playing Faded Love as he was so easy to follow and I feel like I can learn from this guy even though I am 60 yrs old and never played a fiddle at all.

  47. Lynn Johnson says:

    I am just wondering if you have notes as well as tabs for the lessons that are purchased.

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