Private lessons

If you'd like to study fiddle with me, I'll teach you what I've learned, whether you're an experienced player or just starting out. I teach here at my home in Olympia, WA, and also online. Please read on and send me an email to set up a first lesson.
Randal Bays fiddle lesson


I'm now offering online lessons using the free Skype software. It's easy to get set up and it works well for lessons as long as you have a minimum upload and download speed of 1.2Mbps. If you haven't used Skype, click here to read up and get the free download. It allows two people to both see and hear each other in real time, great for music lessons. You'll need a computer with a camera either built-in or attached. [Note: I'm also using Gmail's video chat, which sometimes offers improved audio.]

My charge for a one-hour lesson is $55, payable through PayPal. If you schedule weekly lessons and pay in advance, my rate goes down to $45 per lesson. Half-hour lessons are $35/$30.

I live in Olympia, USA, so I'm in the US Pacific time zone (GMT-8). I try to keep my teaching within the local times listed on this page, but I can be more flexible with Skype lessons.

If you'd like to arrange an online lesson or would like more information, please send me an email.


In Seattle and Olympia

I live in Olympia where I teach at my home studio, and I also give private lessons one day a week in Seattle.

My teaching days in Olympia are :

Tuesdays and Thursdays daytime

also Thursday evening

I teach in Seattle on Mondays from 12pm to 5pm

The best way to schedule lessons with me is by email. You can also call me at 206-353-8743 if you have any questions.


$55 hr. for occasional one hour lessons

$45 hr. for weekly one hour lessons (paid in advance)

$35/$30 for half-hour lessons

Fees to be paid prior to first lesson using PayPal, or at first lesson by check or cash.

Note: If you really want to study Irish fiddle with me but can't afford these rates, talk to me and we'll work something out.