Are you wanting want to play fiddle but have no idea where to start?
Are you getting confused or having a hard time keeping things straight and retaining what you learn?
Are you wanting to know what old-time music is all about and what makes it different from other styles of music?
Are you unsure of what your bow is supposed to be doing?
The Importance of Bowing:
I played fiddle for 5 years before anyone pointed out bowing and rhythm to me. I had no idea I was supposed to be paying attention to my right hand and I struggled because of it. I never knew if my bow would end on the upstroke or the down. It didn’t sound good to me. When someone finally mentioned something about bowing it changed everything for me. I went from struggling to rockin’ in no time at all.
And it motivated me to create the teaching program that I wish people would have offered me when I picked up the fiddle 20 years ago.
I have designed a unique teaching approach focusing on using memory aid techniques, the language of bowing, and an understanding of how humans learn best, to teach the foundational rhythms that make old time music so energetic and exciting.
My approach – which includes bow rhythms, mnemonics, breaking things down into smaller steps – makes it easier for people to learn and retain bow rhythms, melodies, whole tunes, and understand the old-time genre.
Check out the video below to learn more about my teaching technique!
And don’t just believe me:
“Michael’s classes and lessons have been life-changing for me. He introduced me to old-time fiddling and broke down the intricate rhythmic bowing patterns which are so essential to getting the correct sound. It provided me with the foundation I needed to be able to jam. He makes it very easy to learn!” – Julie
“When i stepped into my first fiddle lesson with Michael, i had no idea that I’d go home that night and be able to play a tune. He is patient, intentional, and thoughtful. His approach to teaching bowing is exactly the foundation needed to not only learn his curriculum, but also to pursue further self guided exploration. He is an excellent fiddle teacher, and I’d recommend him to anyone!.”- Shane
“Wonderful fiddle teacher! His approach to the complexities of bowing Appalachian Old Time tunes makes it simple, accessible, and easy to learn. Very highly recommended!” – Cliff
“He is an excellent teacher with many years of experience…so glad he is online!! What a treasure!” – Jean
Whether you are itching to get started with your first fiddle lesson, or have been at it for decades and hit a wall in your progress, I can get you started on a path to more rhythmic playing and way more fun jamming!