This listing was compiled several years ago in response to occasional requests.
2. Song-A-Day Music, Coventry - http://www.songadaymusic.com/ .
4. Local Music, 738 Main St., Willimantic, 860 456-7664
8. Catherine Wade, Hampton, 455-9021
9. Mary Ellen Briga, Marlborough CT, 860 295-0167
10. Michelle Kaminsky, Providence RI, 401 246-2720
11. Don Lurgio, Foster RI, 401 647-7933, 401 864-7768 (cell ); e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
12. Chuck Morgan, Willimantic CT, Studio 88, 860 377-3285
My advice, with which some will disagree, is as follows:
1. For a beginner, getting the basics of technique right are very very important, and private lessons from a good classically trained violinist can be invaluable. Some more or less self taught fiddlers can be good teachers IF they are well grounded in good technique, and are able to analyze and communicate good technique, and can analyze correctly what you are doing wrong. In other words, learn to play the violin correctly first, then go to a fiddler to get the style you want....it's very difficult to overcome bad habits initially learned.
2. Don't sign up for months and months of lessons at one time. Try out an instructor with something like a month's worth of weekly lessons. Don't hesitate to try other instructors, and then go longer with the one you feel right with, and who fits your needs, and for the length of time you feel taking lessons is worth your time and money. The instructor should understand what you want to get out of taking lessons.
3. The above advice is more or less for beginners. For fiddlers who want to progress beyond, it becomes more or less searching out someone whose fiddling you admire, and getting them to give you some lessons. Often this is complicated by the fact that they may have little or no interest in giving lessons. Some possible local leads, who are more or less performing fiddlers, (I don't know if they all are willing to give lessons) are Nanette Addesso, Peggy Harvey, and Max Rainwater,