Performing and teaching violin became a career, but I remember coming into Paul’s studio as an 11-year-old with some technical habits that needed fixing. He straightened that out right away, and although he is excellent at that, Paul’s teaching goes beyond the training of good habits and technique. What I remember learning (and what I refer to with my own students the most) are things Paul told me about how to practice, how to find “practice solutions” to musical problems. I still remember his sayings like, “Whatever you do over and over again, you get very good at.” Paul also introduced me to the idea of improvising on fiddle tunes and suggested I attend jam sessions, which led me to discover a passion for both.
At my last lesson, Paul handed me a copy of the Paganini Caprices with a note saying he thought I could, in time, get to the level of technique they demand. It was a nice vote of confidence and it closed by saying he enjoyed working with me and was also glad we had become friends over the years. Thanks Paul!