Yes, good ear! Unless otherwise noted, my breakdowns are tuned Cajun (DGCF), which is one whole step down from Standard tuning (EADG). Check out my post in The Vlog called Talk About Cajun Tuning for more on that.
If you are a prospective student and you have more questions, please give me a call and leave a detailed message at 833-337-MRML.
I'm having trouble logging in to the Member Portal.
Shoot an email to [email protected] and I'll send your password to the email you used to create your account.
What type of private lesson is right for me?
Whether you’re a novice player who has never held an instrument or a professional band looking to refine your sound, if you’re ready to start learning about Louisiana’s traditional Cajun and Creole music, you’re in the right place.
And remember, I do not charge by the student for private lessons, and although the learning materials on this website are geared towards fiddlers, we offer private lessons for all ages and abilities on fiddle, acoustic or electric guitar, upright or electric bass, accordion, cello, mandolin, ukulele, percussion, and more.
For students under 12 years old, I generally recommend a one-hour private lesson for the first lesson, and half-hour lessons once a week after that.
For teens and adults who are playing for fun, I recommend a one-hour lesson once a week.
If you’re an advanced player or a band looking to refine your sound, I suggest a two-hour Intensive Coaching Session. You’ll get real-time feedback from a Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist to help you take your sound to the next level in a one-on-one or group setting.
Your order typically goes out the next business day. I’ll email you when it’s on the way, and it should arrive in about a week.
How can I get my double-stops to sound better?
This is the number one question I get from folks. It takes time and practice but you'll get it, especially if you pick up your fiddle every day.
Head over to The Vlog and type a few phrases into the search bar for a ton of information on Cajun and Creole fiddling.
I have a question from class.
If you are a current student and are reaching out for support that can’t wait until our next lesson, please text me at 833-337-MRML.
I'd love to book you for a gig.
Please call and leave a detailed message including dates, times, and location. I usually return calls twice a week, and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, I am unable to volunteer my time for performances at the moment.
What about those who can't afford lessons?
If you find yourself short on time, budget, or both, our free resources can keep you fiddling. The more you play, the more progress you make, so even when things are tight, this info will keep you fiddling away to your goal.
It's also important to note that although Cajuns and Creoles are rich in culture, they are historically marginalized and impoverished communities. Since 2008, Mitch Reed Music Lessons has offered scholarships to students in need, and with the help of patrons from all over the world, has been able to offer free instruction to students who otherwise would not be able to afford lessons or instruments. If Cajun or Creole music has been like a gift to you, consider paying it forward and helping to keep a culture alive and thriving. CLICK HERE to apply or donate to Sponsor-A-Student
I still need help. How can I get in touch with you?
Still have questions? Okay, let's talk.
I try my best to respond to everyone, but due to other commitments, I make urgent messages from my students and customers my top priority.
If this sounds like you, please call or text 833-337-MRML, or email [email protected] with “URGENT” in the subject line.