I’m really good at helping with:
Fiddle technique and style – advanced, intermediate or novice (adults and devoted teens only) … if you’ve never played before, please scroll down for my note to you!
Transitioning from classical violin to folk or rock
Troubleshooting pain and tension
Folk improvisation and singer-songwriter accompaniment–any instrument
Music theory–or “musical anatomy” as I like to call it–on any instrument
Due to pandemic shenanigans, I am not currently teaching in-person lessons as of June 2020.
Most lessons are 45 minutes ($70) via Zoom, and most students have a lesson at the same time every week.
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, in-person teacher, if one is available, to help set you up for long-term success with your posture and bow technique.
If you can’t find an in-person 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.