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Enrich your life by the enjoyment of playing an instrument, and listen to the everyday sounds in your world in a new way! Darcie teaches beginners and intermediate players, and coaches professionals. Ages 8-88!

Instruments taught:

  • piano 
  • fiddle/violin
  • guitar (both acoustic & electric)
  • mandolin
  • singing (lead & harmony, they are similar, yet different)

Other lessons taught: 

  • improvisation on ANY instrument
  • How to play in a band, and how to be asked back to your favorite sessions
  • Want to play violin, viola, cello, or upright bass, but don't know how to start?


$60 for a one-on-one in depth private lesson lasting a little over an hour. 30 minute lessons are available in some circumstances. Do you and a friend want a lesson together? Interested in workshops, or online lessons? Call, email, or Skype me:

Ph-51-FiddleDD (513-433-5333)

Skype ID-DarcieDeaville, Austin,TX



  • Beginning piano


  • Fiddle/violin - (what's the difference? There's a short blog on that here)

Explore country, swing, old time, bluegrass, Cajun, blues, jazz, world music, alternate tunings, any kind of rock - (including pickups, effect pedals, amps, etc.). Soloing and backup is part of just about every style of music, and eventually includes improvisation. Are you a complete beginner? We'll talk first. Have you been playing for 2-5 years? You may need direction in bowing patterns and a host of other things. If you are out playing, I'll help you with your specific needs. I prefer the term "coaching" over "teaching" for advanced players, but make no mistake, I'll teach you something you're looking for.

  • Mandolin

I'll show you standard and "out of the box" chords - and their patterns. We'll work on melodies and an overview of the mandolin's role when playing with others in any style of music. The mandolin is a wonderful instrument for adding texture or color to an arrangement. Playing melodies & fiddle tunes and learning licks help with working out solos. These are some of the tools we use to  improvise.

  • Guitar (acoustic & electric)

These two may both be guitars, but they are different animals. If you (or your offspring) want to learn guitar for the first time, we'll need to talk about which instrument and why. Then we'll get started. Beginners- we dive in! What kind of music are you most interested in playing? There are chords to learn, regardless of style. Are you going to feel better using a pick or your fingers? Ultimately, the ability to play both ways makes you more versatile. 

As you get your bearings, we move in the musical direction of your choice. 

Intermediate players -you have no doubt found your way around a flat pick and/or fingerpicking. Whether you are into country, jazz, bluegrass, world music, folk, rock, and their descendants, we'll further your chops. There's plenty to learn, like alternate chords, tunings, picking patterns, equipment (electric and acoustic) and… taste.

Intermediate and advanced… where is that line? It isn't clear, though we need to make a distinction. For guitar, fiddle, and mandolin, there may be a little or a lot I can help you achieve.

Intermediate & advanced acoustic guitar players- if you're a flatpicker, I have a few tricks up my sleeve and a lot of history and knowledge to share. Travis picking, swing chord progressions, and other things, we just have to see where each of us is and what you're wanting. 

Electric guitar players- count on me if you are a beginner or at an intermediate stage. So much is about your sound & equipment, as much or more when you've got chops. I have a decent handle on  equipment, what to use, more important, how to use it. 


  • Piano- Beginning piano and music introduction (any age, children can be young if focused)
  • Improvisation (piano) for any player (advanced included) who want to break out of their reading pattern.


  • Singing lead and harmony


  • How to play in a band, how to be asked back to your favorite sessions-

Anyone who plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass, percussion, piano (bring your own keyboard), or sings... and any other instrument I haven't mentioned - is welcome. Nobody will be left out! I lead this workshop with tips on leading/fronting a band, and the dos and don'ts of back up. Wondering what singers expect from each member of the band? When is less more? What are the important things to be paying attention to?

  • Improvisation on any instrument 


  • Want to play violin, viola, cello, or upright bass, but don't know how to start?

Do you have one but can’t get started? Do you want to buy or rent one? I’ll help you learn about tuning, rosining, bowing and sounding good on these fascinating unfretted instruments! 

  • Playing with your family

We’ll work through the best and the worst parts of playing with people you know all too well.  I'll help you get good results. 


About me (Darcie Deaville) as a teacher:

I started playing the piano when I was able to stand on my own and was tall enough to reach the keys. My mother was a highly skilled piano player. She encouraged and showed me ways to get around the keyboard, then got me a teacher when I was six. I've always loved the piano, although several other instruments - flute, recorder & sax - were the first to start volleying for attention. While the violin had piqued my curiosity, my formal education was at best minimal, less than one year in public school; and ultimately it became a huge part of my identity. 

Guitar stole my interest when I was 10, and I spent years doing little else but submerge myself in jazz, bluegrass, folk, and rock and roll. At 16, I started making my full time living as a street musician playing guitar. By the time I was 20, I had been supporting myself playing the guitar, and had over 14,000 hours of playing under my belt. The music styles we were playing often had fiddle in it, so I hauled out the violin and taught myself how to play. How did I do that? First by remembering what I learned in middle school, and then copying what I heard on recordings. Traveling from town to town, I would meet fiddlers who would show me a tune from their area.  

I've been teaching for a good 15 years now. People associate me with the fiddle, but here's a little known fact; when I was 21, living in Canada, many people considered me the best (guitar) flat-picker in the country. I drove down to Winfield, KS, entered the National flatpicking championships, and came away as one of 10 finalists. I found out later I was the first woman and first Canadian to enter.

I've played in almost every kind of band imaginable, on many instruments, for a long time. I hear music everywhere, in everything, from the sound of birds to the sound of an air conditioner starting up. Listening to the world this way makes life more joyful… and you can hear and feel it that way too!

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