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Violin, Fiddle

Rafe Wolman teaches violin and fiddle and has a Bachelor of Arts from Mcgill University in Montreal. Rafe grew up in the Boston area, playing the violin in public school, local youth orchestras, and student jazz ensembles. He began playing fiddle music (on the violin) in Montreal at Sunday night Bluegrass Night, as well as backing up many bluegrass, country and rock and roll singers in that city’s fertile music scene. These days, he plays for square dances, weddings, farmers’ markets, and on the street corners of Shelburne Falls during leaf-peeping season. Rafe teaches primarily Southern-style old time fiddle tunes, but is also well-versed in Cajun, bluegrass, honky-tonk, blues, jazz and Eastern European musical traditions. He loves to work with students of all ages and is also a trained Suzuki Book One violin teacher. In lessons Rafe likes to emphasize learning tunes by ear, relaxed and effective technique, ensemble playing, and improvisation.   


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