Notes from the Road

Free the Strings!

As a string teacher, I often reflect on the joy my fellow string players experience at bluegrass jams, folk festivals, and rock concerts. These are all genres based on instruments that include strings that are widely popular. I often wonder…

Core values

Core values. Strategic plan. Standards and benchmarks. This is the dry language of the profession that is infused with perhaps the most love of all professions: teaching. I remember the first time I realized that I was a teacher. I…

Why Jamming?

There is a story that I often share in the “fiddle” community (otherwise known as “alternative strings” and a host of other clunky names that seem to connote that we are opposing the dominant paradigm).  It is based the observation…

Convergent VS Divergent Thinking

Hello! It’s been a while since we last connected and a lot has transpired in the world of string playing AND at Savage Fiddler! One of the biggest developments is that I have a band that performs both in it’s…

So You Want to be a Musician?

Over the next few months, we will be shifting the focus of this blog every so slightly in the direction of young people and those in our readership who are contemplating taking their musicianship to a professional level. We will call…

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