Yep, that’s me, FAQ — Fun And Quirky. Wait, what? It means Frequently Asked Questions? If you say so…

What’s the difference between a fiddle and a violin?
That depends on whether or not it has any duct tape on it.

How long are lessons?
Lessons are a half hour long, held once every week.

But really, is there a difference between a fiddle and a violin?
That depends on whether or not it’s ever had beer spilled on it.

What’s included in your syllabus?
I include a thorough foundation in theory as well as learning by ear and sight-reading. Students will be expected to memorize tunes, develop excellent timing, and learn the foundations of chords and improvisation, as well as offered the chance to play in group settings in our twice-yearly student sessions (informal music jams) and summer and Christmas recitals.

So there’s no difference between a violin and a fiddle?
Well, one has “strings” on it and the other has “strangs.”

Do I need to have an instrument before coming to lessons?
Yes, all students are required to have their own instrument to practice on daily at home. Rentals are fairly easy to come by if you don’t want to fully commit to owning an instrument right off. If you do want to purchase your own right away, please don’t hesitate to ask me for advice and help finding a good instrument within your price range! Beginners often go for the cheapest outfit possible, but sometimes the cheapest option will hold the student back due to poor instrument quality.
However, even after all that, my bottom line will always be that any instrument that gets a student started is a good instrument!

And there really isn’t a difference between a fiddle and a violin. The instrument is the exact same, but people will often refer to it as a “violin” when playing classical style and a “fiddle” when playing folk styles.