Created in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on the livelihoods of artists, TRAIN connects interested students of all skill levels with a diverse range of master musicians, craftspeople, and tradition bearers offering online instructional opportunities. Start your lessons today!

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Elana James

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I am a professional fiddle player based in Austin, Texas and have toured and been the co-leader of the Western swing and hot jazz trio Hot Club of

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Western Swing, hot jazz standards, fiddle tunes, and improvisation + roots/folk/country

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Carl Jones

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Carl jones is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Macon, Georgia. He presently lives in Galax, Virginia and is widely respected for his instrumental talents and original

Areas of Expertise

Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Songwriting, Performer, Teacher

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Will Jones

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I began playing and singing at the age of 6/7 years old. I started traveling to perform in just a couple years with My father and performing traditional

Areas of Expertise

Acoustic Guitar/ Flat Picking Technique/ Electric Guitar, Country primarily/ Mandolin

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