i found this thing called fiddle fretter. i ordered one and it works! it makes it much easier to play songs! i would highly suggest this for beginners especially if your switching from a fretted instrument. the only thing i have found as a downside is on the d stirng on the third fret if i dont watch how much pressure i use, it puts it out of tune but thats ok i may be using too much pressure anyways. im finding it making playing much easier to learn and play songs http://www.frettedfiddle.com/
Thanks for sharing your new discovery with us Jeff. I am glad you found something to work for you. I tried using someone else’s fiddle with a “Don’t Fret” sticker on it and I found it just too darn confusing with all the different colors. Obviously works for some, but like yourself, it didn’t work for me. I watched the video on the link that you provided and the “Fretted Fiddle sticker” looks like a good option without all the colors. I have used automobile pin stripe tape, which works well but it dislodges out of position after a while; thus, you have to keep re-applying it every few months.