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Cody B.
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Proper classical violin technique paired with the exploration of bluegrass, country & Irish fiddling
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Want to learn bluegrass, old-time, or Irish fiddling? With 18 years playing fiddle and 10 years teaching, I have the experience to help a beginner gain basic skills or an advanced student analyze bowing patterns, moving double stops, and more. From the student who is picking up the fiddle for the first time to the fiddler who’s been playing their whole life, I hope to inspire a love for traditional fiddle music and culture.
About Cody B.

I was first inspired to play the fiddle by my grandfather, Tom Smith. Many of my cousins started learning traditional instruments around the same time and we had a lot of fun jamming at family gatherings and at music festivals in our home state of Indiana. In 2015 I was proud to carry the family tradition of fiddling all the way to Nashville where I had the honor of playing with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mt Boys at Stanley’s last show at the Grand Ole Opry. With beginners I emphasize developing good technique and tone, and my approach to teaching integrates the Nashville Number System, music theory, ear training, improvisation, and notation. For intermediate and advanced students I tailor each lesson to help them explore their interests and goals. Maybe you’re interested in learning those moving double stops that Bobby Hicks is highlighted for, improvising and building more authentic solos, expanding your tool belt of licks, developing the qualities and techniques that make various fiddle styles unique. Learning an instrument as a beginner or advancing your techniques as a professional can be fun, challenging, and rewarding. It has enriched my life in a number of ways. The most joy has come through the friends I’ve made and the unique way that music allows you to connect with yourself and other people. More Info: Cody has played with a variety of bands over the years, and in addition to playing at the Opry, Cody garnered first place in the 2016 SPBGMA International Bluegrass Band Competition with the Bluegrass Outlaws, has toured internationally, and garnered a number of ribbon wins at various fiddle contests. He studied under acclaimed fiddler Hunter Berry and has taught at Trinity Arts Center in Johnson City, TN, online, and from his home in Knoxville, TN. Cody holds a B.S. in Education and a M.A. in Religion. When he’s not playing or teaching fiddle, Cody can be found teaching students at Knox County Schools, taking walks through his historic neighborhood, and hanging out with his super cool roommate, Cynthia.

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Cody B.
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Proper classical violin technique paired with the exploration of bluegrass, country & Irish fiddling
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Want to learn bluegrass, old-time, or Irish fiddling? With 18 years playing fiddle and 10 years teaching, I have the experience to help a beginner gain basic skills or an advanced student analyze bowing patterns, moving double stops, and more. From the student who is picking up the fiddle for the first time to the fiddler who’s been playing their whole life, I hope to inspire a love for traditional fiddle music and culture.
About Cody B.

I was first inspired to play the fiddle by my grandfather, Tom Smith. Many of my cousins started learning traditional instruments around the same time and we had a lot of fun jamming at family gatherings and at music festivals in our home state of Indiana. In 2015 I was proud to carry the family tradition of fiddling all the way to Nashville where I had the honor of playing with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mt Boys at Stanley’s last show at the Grand Ole Opry. With beginners I emphasize developing good technique and tone, and my approach to teaching integrates the Nashville Number System, music theory, ear training, improvisation, and notation. For intermediate and advanced students I tailor each lesson to help them explore their interests and goals. Maybe you’re interested in learning those moving double stops that Bobby Hicks is highlighted for, improvising and building more authentic solos, expanding your tool belt of licks, developing the qualities and techniques that make various fiddle styles unique. Learning an instrument as a beginner or advancing your techniques as a professional can be fun, challenging, and rewarding. It has enriched my life in a number of ways. The most joy has come through the friends I’ve made and the unique way that music allows you to connect with yourself and other people. More Info: Cody has played with a variety of bands over the years, and in addition to playing at the Opry, Cody garnered first place in the 2016 SPBGMA International Bluegrass Band Competition with the Bluegrass Outlaws, has toured internationally, and garnered a number of ribbon wins at various fiddle contests. He studied under acclaimed fiddler Hunter Berry and has taught at Trinity Arts Center in Johnson City, TN, online, and from his home in Knoxville, TN. Cody holds a B.S. in Education and a M.A. in Religion. When he’s not playing or teaching fiddle, Cody can be found teaching students at Knox County Schools, taking walks through his historic neighborhood, and hanging out with his super cool roommate, Cynthia.

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Really great at getting into the kind of help I need to learn to jam with other bluegrass musicians

Posted Jan 12, 2022
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I was basically a beginner approximately 6-7 months ago. I’ve been taking lessons online with Cody every week this whole time. I honestly can’t believe how far we’ve progressed. Cody is a real professional with an immense amount of talent! 100% highly recommend!

Posted Nov 20, 2021
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Growing up and taking music classes I have always struggled with grasping the concept of music and instruments. Currently a college student with a busy schedule, Cody has helped me accomplish a lot with the time I have been taking lessons with him. Coming from never being able to grasp music to starting to play some songs and understanding theory more, progress has really shown. Learning from Cody will give you a fun, patient, and an exciting environment that will keep you wanting to learn more. Cody is extremely talented, very nice, and makes music easy! I would suggest if anyone would want to learn from the best, learn from Cody!

Posted Aug 4, 2021
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Fiddle Instructor
Nov 2020 - Present
Private Studio
Online/Virtual
Fiddle Teacher
Aug 2017 - Present
Private Studio
I teach fiddle lessons.
Professional Fiddler
Aug 2010 - Present
Various Bands
I have toured locally and abroad with various bands of various genres for the past 10 years.
Master of Arts in Religion
Aug 2014 - May 2017
Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan University
Education
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Johnson University
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Licensed Teacher (Grades 4-8)
Jan 2014
State of Tennessee
Galax Fiddlers' Convention - 4th Place
Aug 2021
Galax Fiddlers' Convention
Mount Airy Fiddlers' Convention - 2nd Place - Bluegrass Fiddle
Jun 2021
Mount Airy Fiddlers' Convention
South Carolina Fiddling - 1st Place - Hot Licks Competition
Sep 2019
South Carolina Fiddling - Hagood Mill
Happy Valley Fiddlers' Convention - 1st Place - Bluegrass Fiddle
Sep 2019
Happy Valley Fiddlers' Convention
Ashe County Fiddlers' Convention - 1st Place - Old-Time Fiddle
Jul 2019
Ashe County Fiddlers' Convention
Tazewell County Fiddlers' Convention - 1st Place - Bluegrass Fiddle
Jul 2019
Tazewell County Fiddlers' Convention
Ashe County Fiddlers' Convention - 1st Place - Bluegrass Fiddle
Jul 2019
Ashe County Fiddlers' Convention
SPBGMA Band Competition - 1st Place
Feb 2016
SPBGMA
Grand Ole Opry Fiddler
Sep 2015
Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, Tennessee

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