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Greg A.

Portland, OR
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Antoinette A.

New York, NY
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Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL
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Greg A.

Portland, OR

What's the difference between a fiddle and a violin? Nothing! It's all in how you play it. If it's bluegrass you want to play, or country, or Irish music, let's do it! One great thing about the fiddle is that it is a prominent instrument in many world music styles. I've played in bluegrass and country bands, and have lots of Irish and Scottish fiddle tunes under my fingers. I've also played Klezmer, Eastern European, and Swedish fiddle music so whatever style it is you're interested in playing, I can help you realize those goals.

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Jenniffer H. February 4, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Greg is a very dedicated teacher and has really helped my son grow in his understanding and love of his instrument and music in general. He's very knowledgeable and patient and seems happy to accommodate us when changes need to happen. :)
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Kent B. September 9, 2014
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Greg has been my fiddle teacher for a year now. His patience and expert guidance have helped to increase my confidence and skill level. We move logically and painlessly back and forth between new music and technique. I'm now at the point that I am beginning to see how it all works and, thus, to be able to figure out some tunes just by hearing them. Pretty exciting. I look forward to our weekly sessions.
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Kent B. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Top-Notch Fiddle Teacher

Greg is himself a top-notch musician, but, more to the point here, he's a top-notch teacher. He's easy going and positive, but he keeps you moving along and he's clear and constructive when bumps in the road occur (as they frequently do in my case). I think I have made a lot of progress in a relatively short time, especially since I'm in my 60s and haven't touched a fiddle since I was a pre-teen. I recommend Greg highly.
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Antoinette A.

New York, NY

Though "fiddle" and "violin" are technically the same thing, the two are different styles of playing. Fiddle music focuses on either country music and Irish/Celtic music. Fiddle is one of the more fun aspects of the violin.

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Patty D. July 2, 2015
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Never having touched a violin before, Antoinette is a great, and patient, teacher!
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Marissa H. June 18, 2015
Fiddle · In home
Verified Student
Antoinette is professional and pleasant to learn from. She gives clear instruction and is patient.
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Tracy B.

Berwyn, IL

Celtic music with all the customary ornamentation (trills, turns, glissandos and grace notes) is a huge favorite with many of my fiddle students. We also love our standard Appalachian tunes - Devil's Dream / Cripple Creek along with beautiful ballads such as Ashoken Farewell.

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Susan V. October 29, 2014
In studio
Verified Student
My daughter looks forward to her weekly flute lessons and is enjoying band in school much more thanks to her lessons with Ms. Tracy!
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Kerry V. July 18, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Tracy is fantastic! She's so enthusiastic and excited about what she is teaching. She's very encouraging and patient too. I'm having a great time learning to play the cello!
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Inez M. May 23, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Tracy is not only delightful but works extremely well with children. She is very knowledgeable about music in general and we are going to upgrade our singing lessons to include piano lessons.

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Granada Hills, CA
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Sarah G.

Santa Fe, NM
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Sheila M.

Phoenix, AZ
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Tigran N.

Granada Hills, CA

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I strongly believe that, if every child would be provided with an ideal environment, would gain extraordinary ability. There are no exceptions. No one can tell how able man is by the nature. What is known is the ability that is spoiled or developed. It cannot be denied that most children speak their native languages beautifully by learning about 3000-4000 words by age 5 or 6. Nothing can clearer demonstrate of the original power of the human mind. Through the years of studying and teaching music I realized that this is the most important concept for developing each kid's talent, to increase his or her ability to the maximum. Therefore I am combining the great methods of teaching violin. The Suzuki method and the Russian school method. Suzuki method helps at the earliest stage of playing an instrument and I am using later Russian school method for more advanced period of studying.

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Zachary May 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He is very patient and works very well with my son. If my son's attention starts to lapse, he will stop and play a quick game like clap, clap name your favorite animal, then go back to the lesson. My son ins 4 1/2 and he is doing very well!
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jawad K. May 14, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My son has been learning violin with Mr. Tigran since last 8 months. He started with very basic 8 months ago and last week his middle school won 12 trophies and he was at the center of the performance. Thanks to Mr. Tigran. Mr. Tigran has the ability to come to student level and bring a change. He is soft, polite and professional. My son is fully involved in violin now and looking towards next level. I am very pleased with his performance and looking forward that one day he will be playing like Mr. Tigran. During the last 8 months there were some occasions where my son was not able to meet the schedule appointment and Mr. Tigran was very accommodating with these situations. Mr. Tigran has the ability to relate music with daily life examples so kids can understand it better. A good communication is extremely important for a teacher and he posses this skill and knows how to apply it. I can see my son will grow very well with his music in future.
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Nargis G. April 29, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Unfortunately we were very disappointed with Tigran as a violin teacher. Clearly, Tigran plays instrument very well and capable of passing his knowledge, yet he is not passionate about teaching and not motivational for young kids. It appears that he is more concerned about making sure that he will receive a credit for growing a talent than performing actual day-to-day instructional work. Despite multiple requests, we, parents, couldn't convince Tigran to start making written lesson notes, to ensure addressing all his comments during homework. Also, in our opinion, Tigran's studio doesn't have adequate lighting which forced us to bring our own light for every lesson. Surprisingly, Tigran hasn't even made any attempts to address the issue from his end. Tigran's approach to teaching is rather formal with lack of personal touch and this is very sad to acknowledge. We felt that Tigran failed to establish good personal connection with student.
Last thing you want to hire violin teacher, who would invariably respond to your "How are you?" with "I am so tired"...
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Sarah G.

Santa Fe, NM

I teach students using ear training as well as reading chord charts to ad lib and reading notes.

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Robert S. July 21, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I can't say enough great things about Sarah. She was an excellent teacher. Very patient when it came to explaining everything about Violin. Her teaching style is very flexible depending on what her students need whether you are a beginner or having already been playing for a couple of years. She will amaze you with the amount of knowledge she has about music and it really shows in her teaching. Never had to wait for a response either she is always on top of responding to her students in a timely matter. All in all if you choose to go with Sarah you won't be disappointed.
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Jim R. April 14, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Excellent

Sarah is exactly what I was looking for - cheerful, disciplined and a wonderful teacher ! While I can pay by ear, she had me reading music right from the start, which was my prime objective. She also is providing some basic music theory, and we now have a regular 2-to-3-times-a-month schedule.

I'm committing a year to this, and then, with Sarah's help, we'll move on to bluegrass fiddling !
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Sarah H. August 23, 2012
Music Theory
Verified Student
My Music Theory Teacher

My music teacher was well planned. She always summed up what we talked about from our previous lesson before building up on more information. She taught me through my zone of proximal development. I was given the opportunity to practice what was shown from each lesson by doing homework. I found great happiness in studying the construction of music. Her teaching pedagogy was strong! She would incorporate mnemonic devices to help me learn the musical concepts easier. When I did not grasp a certain idea, she was patient with me. At times she would teach me from my own musical knowledge of various instruments. Other times she would share with me her own personal experiences and stories. I am thankful to have met such an amazing music teacher!
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Sheila M.

Phoenix, AZ

I have taught all levels and all ages. :)

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Fiddle Lessons

What’s the difference between a violin and a fiddle? The truth is they are actually the same instrument. A violin can be considered a fiddle and vice versa. However, what distinguishes the two are how they are played and in what genre. The instrument tends to be referred to by its more formal name within a classical and orchestral setting. On the other hand, with styles such as the Cajun fiddle, Irish fiddle, Irish Celtic fiddle, and bluegrass fiddle, it is simply referred to as a fiddle. The fiddle puts more emphasis on a free-flow style, while the violin usually adheres to more structured playing.

If you want to learn both styles, it is often recommended that you take fiddle lessons as they will give you an in-depth understanding regarding the difference in techniques and how to effectively employ them in your playing. In general, lessons will provide you with a stronger grasp of both the violin as well as the fiddle, since the information taught is based on music theory which can be applied to both instruments. In addition, fiddle lessons taught by an experienced fiddle instructor will help you progress more quickly and learn proper technique.

When you get started with your fiddle lessons you will learn basics including the components that make up a fiddle, how to tune your fiddle and basic chords. Furthermore, your lesson instructor can serve as a resource for practical tips including what type of fiddle, strings and tuner you might want to purchase. So sign up for our fiddle lessons today and start fiddling your way to musical perfection!

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