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Cody B.
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Learn bluegrass, old-time, western swing, country or Irish fiddling from the heart of East Tennessee
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Want to learn bluegrass, old-time, western swing, country or Irish fiddling? With 18 years playing fiddle and 10 years teaching, I have the experience to help a beginner gain basic skills or an advanced student analyze bowing patterns, moving double stops, backup and improvisational skills and ideas and more. From the student who is picking up the fiddle for the first time to the fiddler who’s been playing their whole life, I hope to inspire a love for traditional fiddle music and culture.
About Cody B.

I was first inspired to play the fiddle by my grandfather, Tom Smith. Many of my cousins started learning traditional instruments around the same time and we had a lot of fun jamming at family gatherings and at music festivals in our home state of Indiana. In 2015 I was proud to carry the family tradition of fiddling all the way to Nashville where I had the honor of playing with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mt Boys at Stanley’s last show at the Grand Ole Opry. With beginners I emphasize developing good technique and tone, and my approach to teaching integrates the Nashville Number System, music theory, ear training, improvisation, and notation. For intermediate and advanced students I tailor each lesson to help them explore their interests and goals. Maybe you’re interested in learning those moving double stops that Bobby Hicks is highlighted for, improvising and building more authentic solos, expanding your tool belt of licks, developing the qualities and techniques that make various fiddle styles unique. Learning an instrument as a beginner or advancing your techniques as a professional can be fun, challenging, and rewarding. It has enriched my life in a number of ways. The most joy has come through the friends I’ve made and the unique way that music allows you to connect with yourself and other people. More Info: Cody has played with a variety of bands over the years, and in addition to playing at the Opry, Cody garnered first place in the 2016 SPBGMA International Bluegrass Band Competition with the Bluegrass Outlaws, has toured internationally, and garnered a number of ribbon wins at various fiddle contests. He studied under acclaimed fiddler Hunter Berry and has taught at Trinity Arts Center in Johnson City, TN, online, and from his home in Knoxville, TN. Cody holds a B.S. in Education and a M.A. in Religion. When he’s not playing or teaching fiddle, Cody can be found teaching students at Knox County Schools, taking walks through his historic neighborhood, and hanging out with his super cool roommate, Cynthia.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 2013

Education

Master of Arts in Religion

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Teaches ages 10+

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Speaks English

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Cody B.
Knoxville, Tennessee
Student Favorite
Student Favorite
Learn bluegrass, old-time, western swing, country or Irish fiddling from the heart of East Tennessee
Student Favorite
Student Favorite
Want to learn bluegrass, old-time, western swing, country or Irish fiddling? With 18 years playing fiddle and 10 years teaching, I have the experience to help a beginner gain basic skills or an advanced student analyze bowing patterns, moving double stops, backup and improvisational skills and ideas and more. From the student who is picking up the fiddle for the first time to the fiddler who’s been playing their whole life, I hope to inspire a love for traditional fiddle music and culture.
About Cody B.

I was first inspired to play the fiddle by my grandfather, Tom Smith. Many of my cousins started learning traditional instruments around the same time and we had a lot of fun jamming at family gatherings and at music festivals in our home state of Indiana. In 2015 I was proud to carry the family tradition of fiddling all the way to Nashville where I had the honor of playing with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mt Boys at Stanley’s last show at the Grand Ole Opry. With beginners I emphasize developing good technique and tone, and my approach to teaching integrates the Nashville Number System, music theory, ear training, improvisation, and notation. For intermediate and advanced students I tailor each lesson to help them explore their interests and goals. Maybe you’re interested in learning those moving double stops that Bobby Hicks is highlighted for, improvising and building more authentic solos, expanding your tool belt of licks, developing the qualities and techniques that make various fiddle styles unique. Learning an instrument as a beginner or advancing your techniques as a professional can be fun, challenging, and rewarding. It has enriched my life in a number of ways. The most joy has come through the friends I’ve made and the unique way that music allows you to connect with yourself and other people. More Info: Cody has played with a variety of bands over the years, and in addition to playing at the Opry, Cody garnered first place in the 2016 SPBGMA International Bluegrass Band Competition with the Bluegrass Outlaws, has toured internationally, and garnered a number of ribbon wins at various fiddle contests. He studied under acclaimed fiddler Hunter Berry and has taught at Trinity Arts Center in Johnson City, TN, online, and from his home in Knoxville, TN. Cody holds a B.S. in Education and a M.A. in Religion. When he’s not playing or teaching fiddle, Cody can be found teaching students at Knox County Schools, taking walks through his historic neighborhood, and hanging out with his super cool roommate, Cynthia.

Levels taught