"Dakota's class was well-organized and fun, but it was most notable for giving me a better understanding of how chords mesh with the fiddle tunes and how the fiddler can steer the chords of the rhythm players by choosing drones and double-stops. It was the best explanation that I've heard of chords in the context of fiddle tunes. I would take her class again." - Casey M. (Augusta Heritage Center | October Old Time Retreat 2024)
"Dakota is an amazing fiddle instructor. In her intermediate class at Augusta Heritage Center’s October Old-Time retreat, Dakota provided a good mix of technique, theory, and learning new tunes. She was well-prepared with specific learning objectives and also accommodated the students’ goals. She followed through, keeping us “on task” so that we could accomplish these goals. Dakota’s instruction was highly interactive; she frequently asked for the students’ observations and welcomed questions. I especially appreciated Dakota’s lessons on bowing techniques, chord theory, and starting tunes with “potatoes.” " - Elizabeth R. (Augusta Heritage Center | October Old Time Retreat 2024)
Since the onset of Covid-19 in the US, I have been finding creative ways to share my music from afar. Through Patreon, I have created a budget way for you to learn to play the fiddle. For a $4 per month subscription you have access to a well organized archive of 60+ of my pre-recorded classes, videos and folk tales to get you on your way. Besides this I am continually adding new, exclusive content. This also gives you a direct avenue to send me messages, ask questions and get feedback on things you are learning.