My name is Jenny, and I'm glad you're here.

I'm guessing that you found me for one of two reasons:

  • 1 ~ You enjoy the music of my band, Circa Paleo and want to know more about it.
  • 2 ~ You have a Hot Violinist within and are seeking some tips on how to do all of this yourself.

I'm mostly focusing on the instructional stuff here, but this is also a great place to hang out if you want more behind the scenes info and unreleased previews of my music projects.

If you're just here to listen and watch, that's cool, but now a few words for you fiddlers and fiddlers to be:

I'm not claiming to be an expert of the violin, but I do know a LOT about starting violin "late" since I myself began my fiddle journey at age 18. I've also learned a lot about unique world music styles over the past several years of traveling all over the place.

Now I want to share all the quirky tips and music that I've learned. In other words…

I'm here to make YOU into a Hot Violinist.

Before we go further, lets define hot, shall we? Because the hot I’m talking about reaches far beyond smokin’ fiddle riffs and gym bodies. Check out my first blog post, "The Hot Violinist Manifesto," to read about what "hot" really means to me.

Learn a Cool Fiddle Tune by _(insert winter holiday of choice)_.

Wanna learn some new music to share with family and friends for the holidays, but already feeling the time crunch?

I’d like to take you on a guided group journey to learn one of my favorite Irish tunes, King of the Faeries.

Clicking the vid thumbnail will open another tab and take you to YouTube. After you give it a listen, you can come back to this tab and read on.


Took me 15 years to figure this out, but the basic formula to tackle violin as an adult is really simple actually:

Bite sized videos + Community + Live Q&As with me 🙂

Ok, yeah, there’s a bit more to it than that. You know, other violin teacher essentials like…



SHEET MUSIC! (I’m hearing your requests for this)

I had a chance to test this out with 20 adult violin beginners and my ViolinWOD program I hosted earlier this year.

Here’s what a few ViolinWOD members had to say:

“This is important: it wasn’t overwhelming.” -Ken, Japan

“Jenny’s program was so well suited to my busy and hectic schedule!” -John, Texas

“Violin experience before Jenny = a nightmare, with Jenny = a lovely dream.-Minni, Italy

In the meantime, we’ve created a nice little community of cool people who support each other as friends and fiddle players.

Now they are ready to learn songs. And I know you guys are too because you are asking for them!

Now is your chance to learn King of The Faeries using the same tools that worked so well in ViolinWOD, and play this lovely tune for your favorite people around the holidays. 

Here’s what you’ll receive:

  • Bite-sized videos sent straight to your email inbox

I’ll be sending short, bite-sized videos over the course of four (4) weeks directly to your inbox. Each video will teach you a technique, drill, or portion of the song.

  • Invite to a PRIVATE Facebook group for support and questions

You don’t have to go it alone anymore! Post questions and videos of your progress knowing it’s for us, not the whole web. Get feedback from the group, and I’ll be jumping in to comment on videos and questions to help you all through the learning process.

  • Live Q&A with me!

We will all get together via web conference on a Saturday morning in December and talk about all the finishing touches, ornamentation and variations. Ask me questions about the song, or anything else you’re working on (Lingering questions about Last of the Mohicans anyone??).

I’ll give you A TON of advanced notice in hopes that everyone can make plans to come, but it’s OK if you can’t make it. I will be recording the Q&A so you’ll have access to watch anytime you need it.

And one more thing…

Just to sweeten the deal for you ambitious fiddlers out there, I’m going to be running a little contest.

One lucky fiddler will receive a free private lesson with me! (via Skype)

To enter…

Post a video of you playing King of the Faeries at the end of the program. You can share your awesome version on YouTube (encouraged!) or just share to our private group.

This brave act will put your name in the hat to be drawn for a free lesson!

I can’t wait to start this party!

I’m keeping the tech easy, so all you need is an email address, a Facebook account (optional), and a reliable internet connection.

The cost to join is $79 and it includes everything for this King of The Faeries program over the next 4-6 weeks.

If you don’t love the experience I’ll give your money back.

To join….

Just post the payment via credit card at this link:


Or send your payment of $79 via PayPal to:


And that’s it!

I’ll enroll you based on the email connected to your payment, and send you a welcome email November 2nd with instructions to join the FB Group.

The course materials will begin to flow November 8th straight into your inbox.

Seats are limited because I don’t want to be spread too thin on the FB group and via the Q&A.

This is for intermediate (1+ years of playing) to advanced players, as well as ambitious beginners 🙂

If you’re on the fence, go for it and sign up! If you’re not completely satisfied with the experience, I’ll give your money back.

I hope to see you there!

🙂 Jenny

Princess Leia Teaches The Star Wars Main Theme

So… here’s an example of something that started as a joke and has become a reality.

Ha! Actually, I can think of multiple examples of that right here, now that I mention it…

(After the original “Hot Violinist” vid filmed by Paul Michaels went viral, my comedian friend noticed and started the whole idea of having a website called thehotviolinist.com. His name is Kyle Cease. Blame him!)

I don’t remember how it came up, but several months back my Pilates teacher (highly recommend Pilates for fiddlers btw!) told me that she had in her possession a film-set grade Princess Leia costume from Return of the Jedi.

Yeah- the gold bikini.

I guess the story goes that Carrie Fisher had been complaining about her original Princess Leia costume.

I mean- it’s true… She was basically wearing a head-to-toe bed-sheet for the entire first two movies of the trilogy.

When Groupees.com approached me about doing a “Hot Violinist” bundle deal to spread the word and raise some money for Girls Not Brides Charity, I promised to film a tutorial of the Star Wars Main Theme WHILE WEARING Leia’s gold bikini.

This was IF the contributors to the bundle could reach a lofty goal of $5,000.

I didn’t think it would happen!

It did…..


The Star Wars Theme is super fun to play.

When you’re first learning violin, it’s tricky to get the notes right because there are no frets. It helps a lot to work on songs that you’ve heard a bunch so you can have each note in your head and kinda know what it’s supposed to sound like before you play it.

Scales don’t help if you don’t know what the scale is supposed to sound like. That’s just one of the many catch 22s about starting violin.

I got an email this week from someone who requested that I play Transylvanian Lullaby from Young Frankenstein while dressed as Elvira…

Please post me a comment below to let me know what songs are super iconic and recognizable to you. Bonus if there’s a costume suggestion to match…. 🙂

I want to teach you guys more songs and I have an idea that I think will be even more effective, time saving, and fun than traditional song tutorials like this one.

(Note: I live in a world where I was just able to teach violin dressed as Slave Leia and then actually call it “traditional” with a completely straight face.)

I’ll be sending some news about that to the email list only.

If you’ve found this blog post without being on the email list, please sign up now so you can be among the first to know when I host something exclusive!

How to Play The Last of The Mohicans, “Slow Part” Edition

Well here they are!

Two videos to guide you through the “slow part” of The Last of The Mohicans Theme. This smooth lyrical melody appears in the sounds track version as a layer over the rhythmicky (Hot Violinist technical term), five-note-roll-filled part that starts the song. This is a stroke of composer Trevor Jones’s genius in arranging the basic fiddly part that was written by Dougie MacLean, god bless you wherever you are.

When I was first learning this song, I was sad that I wouldn’t be able to play these two parts at the same time on one violin (without growing a couple more arms).

I was afraid it might not even work as a solo arrangement!

My game plan was to play the main fiddle part over and over again so many times at the beginning that it would almost start to create a loop in the audience listener’s imagination. That way when I come in with the slow part, maybe they’ll still be subconsciously feeling the other part and have a good experience.

There have a been a few critics over the years who will say something like, “Why does everyone like this? It’s way too repetitive.”

But the overwhelming consensus (based on my observation of YouTube views, comments, roaring applause, festival-roaming people stopped in their tracks with turkey leg held up in front like statue of liberty torch, and tears streaming down the cheeks of even the toughest looking biker dude) …is …it works!

I recorded this very raw version with E Muzeki in 2005 for our Sindh album which is available in my webshop.

Many tunes on this album had complicated productions that took us multiple days to record but we decided to try this one raw first. We recorded the guitar and violin in two separate rooms but live together via the headphones.

I still remember standing beside the stone fireplace in our recording engineer Ron Flynt’s living room right after that first take. I was surrounded by a maze of audio cables that snaked from the mic and my violin around the corner, down the hall, and back to the garage which had been nicely converted into a control room. I also had a plaid scarf rolled up on top of my head to keep the headphones from painfully resting on my elf ears. Sexy.

After a few generous moments of the last ringing guitar chord, Ron’s matter of fact voice clicked into the headphones, “That was sensational.”

And that’s the take we kept! I think that is the only truly one-take performance I ever released on any of my recordings.

Later with Circa Paleo we got back in the studio and had a field day (or ten) playing around with overdubs and all kinds of fun production tricks. That resulted in two versions of this song that we didn’t want to part with, so we put them BOTH on our Tideland album. 😛

That one is out of print, but you can get a CD Baby download card with collectible album art sticker as part of my discography pack if you’re interested in checking them out.

My most recent sheet music arrangement follows the formula of my original solo violin arrangement:

-Play the the rhythmicky part on repeat as much as feels satisfying to you (bars 1-16)
-Then the smooth melody in the high octave (bars 17-32)
-Then a variation of this slow melody in the lower octave (bars 33-49)
-Then back to the rhythmicky part with a variation to wrap it up (bars 50-70)

If you still need to get a copy of the sheet music, please sign up for my newsletter, then click confirm in the confirmation email you recieve, and it will fly to your inbox magically.

Instructional videos #1-8 on my YouTube channel are all about the faster fiddly part.

Now I’ve released video #9 which guides you through the slow melody in the higher octave:

And video #10 which guides you through the slow melody in the lower octave:

I hope this helps some of you guys to get a little bit more traction learning this one!

If this still leaves you with more questions, please post them in the comments section below, so we can all try to figure this out together.

If this is all still a little advanced for you, but you’d like to play this tune one day, please stay tuned! I have a very exciting plan in the works for you total beginners. I’ll be sharing the details with you all very soon!