Simple to start with a web camera and
skype a free program.
Live in another State, no problem.
You can have a one on one speaker
phone lesson in the comfort of your
Lessons in Person
Champion fiddlers Dale and Tobi
Morris teach fiddle, guitar and
mandolin topeople of all ages, from
toddlers to senior citizens.
Champion fiddlers Dale and Tobi Morris teach fiddle, guitar and mandolin to people of all ages, from toddlers to senior citizens.
Dale and Tobi invite you to take lessons at their studio in Boyd, Texas (ten miles south of Decatur). All lessons are taught individually and consist of weekly half or one hour sessions.
Lessons are tailored to each individual's needs,
interests, age, and experience level. Students are
taught to play by ear, standard sheet music or tablature..
If you are interested in taking lessons, please call or email Dale and Tobi
for pricing and session availability.
Please include the instrument and style of music you are interested in learning to play, your skill level, as well as your address and
For distance learning, telephone lessons are also available.
We also teach via web cam.
Below are several testimonials from some of our students we are so prou
to have worked with over the years.
Dale Morris - May 5, 2013
I want to thank you for being my teacher.
My husband passed away in September 2008, and I wanted to do something.
After losing my soul mate of forty years, it’s hard to move forward.
So I thought I would follow a dream of mine to learn how to play the violin
But the music I was aware of was classical and too confining for me.
So I thought I would try a different focus and learned about fiddle music.
Thankfully, I found a teacher who would teach a new student of 62 years young.
But I kept looking for something better and found you at a fiddle camp.
You said you would teach me and Wow! You are fantastic!
I found I didn’t even have to read music to play
Tablature is a way of numbering fingers to strings to music notes
All I had to do was count to four. Hey! I could do that.
I found in you a fantastic teacher, who has patience,
Vastly knowledgeable about music, instruments, teaching,
With a wonderland of fiddle music genre and people.
Heaven knows if I had to teach me – I would have pulled my hair out
But you! Thank God! Has the patience of Job.
After two years with you I found I had breast cancer
I went through a mastectomy, had a stroke during surgery, and later chemotherapy.
What a triple whammy! I couldn’t even hold my fiddle or move my fingers.
We moved to the mandolin (same note strings only with frets).
You gave me exercises to make my fingers move
And the frets forced my fingers apart.
You provided patience so I could learn all over again and me being two years older.
Eventually, I could hold my fiddle and play.
Even my doctors (and I have a lot of them now)
Said you provided me with the exercises I needed
And I was having fun again after tragedy.
I enjoy learning from you, challenging me to do better,
Providing me with on outlet for my dreams
And being the wind beneath my wings.
You are a treasure and a wonderful man.
Thanks from the bottom of my heart.
Can a Tone Deaf Person Learn How to Play the Fiddle?
Below is a testimonial from one of our new web-cam students from New Hampshire.
Actually, the mother of a student of ours from Alaska came up with the idea. She deserves full credit.
Obviously, Alaska is quite a distance from Texas and just about the only lessons that her son had is whenever they came to Texas on vacation or whenever we taught in Washington State when they are visiting relatives.The bottom line is that lessons were FEW and FAR BETWEEN!!!
She called one night to ask if we'd consider trying to teach him by "speakerphone." We were very skeptical at first. How could it possibly work? How expensive would a one hour long distance call be?
Would we be able to teach, not being able to "see the student" or the "student see us "? It DID WORK! In fact, I would never have dreamed how well. Upon doing the first of these lessons we realized the following:
• We did not have to see the student. We could tell by listening where problems existed. By having taught so many privately, we also knew how to fix these problems, i.e., an out-of-tune note. We would know what was causing him to play this note wrong and tell him how to fix it over the phone!
• Being less distracted by visual things certainly caused us to listen more closely.
If you are interested in learning this way, give us a call (940-433-5741) or drop us an e-mail.
Video Lessons Via Web-Cam
NEW - as of Sept. 2009 we are offering VIDEO LESSONS via WEB-CAM. Should you have interest, web cameras are very inexpensive. This is really your only expense, as far as getting started. There is a free program called Skype that will need to be downloaded. From this point on a lesson is scheduled. Please give us a call at area code 940-433-5741 for more information.
I want to tell you what a pleasure it was meet you and Tobi. The
lesson was very profound and eye opening. I continuously am pondering
the wisdom you shared with me. It was years of enigmatic secrets
revealed in an instant. I am diligently working over what I learned and
am propelled to a new level by what you shared with me. It has unlocked
a door allowing my to play backup like I could not have imagined
possible in such a short time. Naturally, it is a language that I must
learn the syntax of, but I am well on my way to being able to play some
beautiful phrases that complement the singer and create the balance so
necessary in music.
I plan to purchase a head set this weekend and would like to look at
what you might have open for the following weekend. I have 3 shows that
weekend (Fri, Sat, and Sun) so it must be a little late in the day but
not too late. Also I was wondering what forms of payment you accept for
your distant learning lessons.
Twelve years ago, I took a skills test. The results showed that I had very poor pitch and tone skills. I remember the test administrator telling me that I was tone deaf. She said that I should not try to learn a musical instrument because I would only frustrate myself. Unfortunately, I believed her. For over a decade I resisted my desire to learn how to play the fiddle. Finally, I decided that I had nothing to lose. With fear and trepidation, I contacted Dale Morris and asked him if a “tone deaf” person could learn how to play. He encouraged me to give it a try. In just six months, Mr. Morris has taught me how to read sheet music and the fundamentals of the instrument. He has been a very patient and encouraging teacher. I have worked hard and I can now play some of my favorite songs such as “Faded Love” and “The Streets of Laredo.” His experience as a professional musician has given me increased confidence. I am enjoying it so much that I have even upgraded to a higher quality instrument.
I wish I hadn’t listened to that test administrator. I have since learned that there is no such thing as being “tone deaf.” It makes me sad to think of the years I wasted believing that I could never learn to play the fiddle. If you are reading this and think that it isn’t possible for you to learn how to play, I encourage you to contact Mr. Morris. It is possible. You can learn to play even if you have never had any formal musical training just like me. If you feel drawn to play, please don’t make the some mistake I did.
Thought I'd send a quick mail saying how much I'm enjoying the webcam lessons. Although not quite as good as being there in person, it saves a heck of a weekly commute from New Hampshire to Texas. Even so, you can still find corrections I need to make. You're a great teacher and I'm learning a lot.
Thanks for your patience,
A very nice letter from a speakerphone student in Tennessee:
Dear Dale and Tobi:
Dale, I know that you realize what an asset Tobi is to the program. She is one heck of an instructor. She is fun, knowledgeable, and effective, and held the attention of the class like the pro that she is.
- Grandbury, Texas - Dec. 31, 2009