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 
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 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.


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.


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.