Duane Whitcomb is a violin & fiddle instructor and performer in Ashland, Oregon.

He is founder of Creekside Strings. Creekside Strings teaches students to play music with friends and family and builds solid foundations for performance-level music studies in traditional and classical music.

In need of a curriculum that focused on ear-training and other social music skills, Duane co-founded FiddleQuest, a curriculum for teachers to help their students become proficient ear-trained violinists who play everything from Bach to Bluegrass.

In addition to teaching and curriculum design, Duane performs frequently and has recorded with bands and singers in a variety of styles.

Here are some frequently asked questions that come up in conversations with parents and teachers.