Heck yeah! I’d love to work with you!
Here are some of the things I’m really good at helping people with:
Transitioning from classical violin to folk or rock
Folk improvisation–any instrument
Troubleshooting pain and tension
Music theory–or “musical anatomy” as I like to call it–on any instrument
Fiddle technique and style – advanced, intermediate or advanced beginners (adults and devoted teens only) … if you’ve never played before, please scroll down for my note to you!
45-minute lesson (online video chat – FaceTime, Skype, or whatever you prefer): $60
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Looking for in person lessons in Seattle, instead of online lessons? I teach all levels (including brand new players) at Dusty Strings in Fremont, and you’ll need to contact them directly to get started – click here for contact info.
Dear lovely, brand new fiddlers:
I adore you! Adults and teens who take on an instrument are such an inspiring bunch to work with!
But in most cases I suggest that those who have never played the fiddle before find a good local teacher, if one is available, to help set you up for long-term success with your posture and bow technique.
These things are just a lot easier to communicate in person, so the teacher can walk around you and provide correction using touch and vocal instructions while you’re playing. (Current video chat technology doesn’t let audio flow in both directions at once, so if you’re playing, you can’t hear your teacher talking.)
If you can’t find a local teacher, or can’t find one you like, feel free to contact me about beginning lessons and we’ll talk about options for working together. If I don’t think it’s going to be the best fit for you for whatever reason, I will do my best to provide a good referral.
YouTube is also a nice free source for basic information, of course. However, I strongly recommend against relying on YouTube exclusively. You miss a LOT without continual one on one feedback from a teacher in your first year or so of playing. It’s just too darn easy to develop habits that are incredibly difficult to break, and which will massively impede your progress down the road. Injury is a real possibility.
If you’re determined to go this route, please consider booking an a la carte lesson with me so I can give feedback on how you’re doing so far and what to keep in mind as you go forward.