Everything that you learn while studying fiddling can be transferred to other areas of your life. When I teach fiddling, I work to convey life lessons and universal truths that will help my students have a deeper connection and more fulfilling life.
Music is life.
I teach fiddle lessons, because I am inspired when I see a student have a breakthrough. There are few things as exciting for me as that moment when a new concept clicks. From that point on, the student has transformed. They have gained knowledge experientially, and that knowledge is there to stay.
I teach fiddle lessons in my Studio in Loveland, CO, and online via video lessons on [my] Talent Forge. I also teach fiddling, and music workshops around the United States. I have been teaching fiddle lessons for more than 25 years, and I am still learning new things all of the time.
Stylistically, I am pragmatic. I grew up learning the fiddle by ear, and I recognize that there is value in learning to read music. I have studied many styles of fiddling, including old-time, Texas-style, bluegrass, celtic, rock, and other folk styles. I work with my students to develop their ears so that they can learn to play by ear, and improvise.
I also teach my students to read music, because reading music is a very clear and efficient way to communicate musical ideas.
I have also studied classically. I play violin and viola in my string quartet, and have played in university and community symphony orchestras.
It is my goal to help my students grow as a musician and learn tunes that they will love to play. When you love the music you are playing, practicing becomes more fun. It is my goal to have students who leave me with a lifelong love of music.
I believe in the importance of good technique. Good technique helps you maintain the health of their body and to become a better musician faster.
While I am classically trained, I do not specialize in “classical violin lessons”. I do work with my students on using proper violin technique, because good technique will serve you regardless of the style you plage.
I am happy to work with my students on orchestra music as well as fiddle tunes, and challenge my students to always become a better musician while they maintain a life-long love of music.
Here are some recent lesson videos that I prepared for a collaborative Suzuki violin and fiddle camp.
And, here are some videos from my quick tips series on my Talent Forge.
If you are interested in Fiddle Lessons: