"I think some of them are learning that the violin is not as easy as it might be," Myers said with a chuckle.
He tries to make the lessons fun. He does not like to bog down his pupils with strict instruction.
He teaches simple placement of the fingers and simple strokes of the bow. The students learn folk songs like "Camptown Races" and "Shenandoah," and play them for Myer if they can.
If they can't, he uses his hand to guide the student's bow over the stings. He tells them how to place their fingers on the neck with each cast.
It's more important for the fledgling fiddlers to appreciate playing, he said.
"They're not going to like it if it's work for them," he said.
After the students played in a group, Myer listened to each student play individually for a few minutes.
Olivia Douglas, 8, was one of the last students to play for Myer during a recent lesson. She played "Happy Birthday" -- one of her favorites because the song has both fast-paced and slow-paced notes.
"I like to go fast and slow," she said later. "On the first few [notes] you go fast."
Madeline Hager, 7, another student, explained that the notes on "Hap-py birth-day" are played with quick strokes. "To-you" is played slow, deliberate.
Both girls answered a unanimous "maybe" when asked if they wanted to become professional violinists someday.
"Because we might want to do maybe another instrument," Hager said. "And if we become professionals, we might play two instruments."
Reach Zac Taylor at Zachary.Tay...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.