More and more fiddlers are taking lessons online via Skype and Facetime these days. A student can take lessons from a teacher who lives very far away as long as the student has access to the internet and a reasonably good connection. Most computers come with a camera but if not, a clip-on camera can be purchased fairly inexpensively. FaceTime on iPhones is also an excellent way to communicate for lessons.
How does this work?
Sign up for a free Skype account at www.skype.com.
My Skype name is babslamb.
How much do online lessons cost?
$80 an hour for weekly lessons – minimum three lessons per month
$40 a half hour per week – minimum three lessons per month
If you wish to take a lesson from time to time, not every week, the cost is $100 per one hour lesson.
The best thing to do is contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. We will get your Skype connection set up and give it a whirl before starting with real lessons. If using FaceTime, we will give that method a spin before committing to weekly lessons.
MASTER LESSONS IN PERSON
If you are coming to Nashville and wish to schedule a private lesson as a one time or very occasional event, I charge $100 for a one hour session. During the COVID-19 pandemic, no in person lessons.
CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS
I have been teaching people how to play the fiddle since I was 14 years old. I give private lessons, group lessons in private workshop settings and have taught at many of the best music camps in the world.
I have taught various fiddling styles at these camps:
Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp – Tennessee
Steve Kaufman Kamp – Tennessee
NashCamp – Tennessee
Swannanoah at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina
Montana Oldtime Fiddle Camp – Montana
Augusta Heritage Camp – Elkins, North Carolina
American River Tunes – California
Wintergrass – Washington (workshop)
Sore Fingers – England
Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society Camp – Edmonton, Canada
SPGMA – Nashville, Tennessee (workshop)
Do you have to know how to play the violin before you can learn how to fiddle?
No! I have taught people how to play who are brand new to the instrument. Mark O’Connor was one such student way back when.
I teach beginners just starting out all the way to pros who need some "style" coaching.