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I have been teaching and playing fiddle for 30 years.
We work on sight reading, ear training, and theory.
I have an easy style and like my students to enjoy their lessons.
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.
I specialize in Early American Folk, Irish, and Eastern European fiddle tunes. In addition I focus on comping techniques and learning chords and improvisation. I also have experience with jazz and blues fiddling.
I picked up the fiddle a few years ago. It's much smaller than the bass, but utilizes many of the same principals in performance. I play with my youth orchestra - Santa Monica Youth Orchestra - every week and help the section sound more cohesive.
Once you start shifting a whole bunch, we'll get you off to a more experienced fiddle player.
Folk tunes from around the world, Irish/Scottish etc. How to join jam sessions with bands and improvise your own new melodies.
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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!