Violin Lessons – Learn Irish style violin / fiddle!
I’ve been teaching violin lessons since 2002, and enjoy teaching students between the ages of 4 and up, with all levels of playing! I’m adaptable to students needs – and work well with students who have learning difficulties.
I offer private lessons, because I then have more ability to focus on the student and their individual needs – and thus, customize the lesson – to how the student learns best… based on their level and abilities.
I also offer group lessons – with only around 3 to 5 students – so it’s still customizable, and have done smaller groups, with siblings or such… I’m adaptable and flexible.
I teach the way it’s been done for hundreds of years… by ear! I also offer bits of theory as we go along… as well as explaining the keys we’re playing in as related to the sharps & flats, which I think is needed for a fuller understanding of the instrument and tunes – but I keep it fun! Who’s going to want to practice if it’s a drag… heavy or boring?
How do I teach: I present a tune in small phrase – or ‘chunk’… and I go over it with the student together – until that is grasped. Then, we add the next chunk – and continue building the tune – playing it together, until the entire tune is learned. Then we polish it up, and I show alternatives to add embellishments to make it ‘their own’.
I truly believe that a tune will sound different – when it’s played each time, depending upon how ‘the fiddler’ is feeling, and I believe music – is what feelings sound like, and learning how to portray that – is key to putting your heart into your music!
I currently have times open in my violin / fiddle lesson schedule… and I’m available for festival workshops as well. To see me play – in person, I perform at St. Stephen’s Green Public House, in Spring Lake Heights, NJ – every tuesday evening from 7 to 10 pm.
Interested? Send me an email – (there’s a ‘contact me’ link.) or WinterCastSnow@gmail.com or to Jmylod@gmail.com. Include your email address… and I’ll reply promptly & give you further details so we can get you started on learnin’ to play fiddle!