Andy Lentz


Fiddle for Hire

(530) 746-8441


For more than a decade, I’ve worked with students ages six to sixty and at all experience levels. I’m now teaching lessons in and around Austin, Texas.

Playing the fiddle is fun, and I strive to pass that joy along to my students! My goal is to provide each student with the type of teaching that best suits his or her learning style. Some do better with reading music, while others pick things up by listening. I encourage students to do both and provide sheet music and recordings to help with practicing.

Lessons are $50 for a one-hour session; half-hour lessons are $25. Weekly lessons tend to work best, but I can teach bi-weekly or one-off lessons depending on students’ needs. Lessons are held at my home, although I can travel to students’ homes for an additional fee.

If you’re ready to take your fiddle playing to the next level, please email or call (530) 746-8441.

Rhythm on the Fiddle

Rhythm is important for all musicians, especially when you play with others. I often use the “chop” method of comping as a way to contribute to the sound of a band. This method, pioneered by Richard Greene to mimic the bluegrass mandolin chop and further developed by fiddlers like Darol Anger and Casey Driessen, is a fun way to add to an ensemble. From a simple back-beat chop to more complicated rhythms, I can show you how to get a solid “chunk” and open up a whole other side of playing the fiddle.