Good Technique = Good Playing; Good Playing = Good Technique

In order to play the violin well, you must have good technique. You must know how to place the instrument under your jaw, how to finger the strings, and most importantly, how to use the bow properly.

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Suzuki and O'Connor Methods

I teach using the Suzuki and O'Connor Methods. These two schools complement each other and expose the student to a wide range of styles and traditions from the very beginning.

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Fiddle Lessons or Violin Lessons...why not both?

Fiddle lessons? Violin lessons? Why not both? What's the difference?

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One thing I will say, Paul, is that hands down, you are the best teacher around.

– RM

Paul has been teaching my daughter for several years now and she’s never enjoyed the violin more. Fiddle music has been a fun and rewarding musical exploration!


We’ve enjoyed many happy years with Classical Fiddle Studio. The variety of music selection, the support for orchestra and special projects, the encouragement to reach goals and new challenges have been exactly what was needed for a young musician. Paul is attentive, focused, curious, and enthusiastic. You simply can’t find a more fun teacher and studio!

– HK

“Excellent playing, really excellent playing.”

– Ben Stein

“From the very first instance I was amazed at how this American-born fiddler had such a well-developed understanding of the style of Swedish folk music…He is an enthusiastic and joyful musician.”

– LJ

“NO ONE WILL EVER BE AS TERRIFIC AS YOU. I mean that! You made the violin mean fun to me. No other teacher comes close.”

– JM

“Paul Carlson is an extraordinarily talented musician and teacher…I can testify personally that he has helped me – someone whose days of formal music training are long past – to improve my playing significantly and surprisingly.”

– CK