Alves, whose research and thus writing of a 50-page book transposing fiddle classics to four guitar parts, said it has been an enlightening journey to go on as a Brazilian native classical guitar player diving headfirst into the mountain music of West Virginia.
"Most of my students here had no idea about the music here," Alves said of the project. "Then I realized that sometimes we take our own culture for granted. What I saw too was that some of my students had got this distorted view, and they were trying to run from the stereotypes, but by doing so they also turned their back on their own culture. I think there is a middle ground, and a compromise and a balance where you are able to overcome the barriers that we get with these stereotypes without penalizing what you have got in its pure form. The music is beautiful, why would you want to delete that from your being?"