**Still teaching and taking on new students during lockdown! See below for details about online lessons**
So you want to learn to play folk fiddle? Great!
I specialize in teaching folk fiddle, in the Celtic (Irish and Scottish), English and Scandinavian styles. Whether you are a complete beginner, or already an advanced player, I can help you improve your technique, teach you about the subtleties of phrasing and ornamentation in fiddle playing, and build your repertoire of tunes. I can teach you to play 'by ear', but can also teach you to read music if you wish.
I create a relaxed environment for learning, looking to build confidence and help my students to understand the 'feel' of traditional music that is so important to playing the fiddle. Every student is different, and I tailor all my lessons to the student. Maybe you have a specific style you want to learn, or a fiddle player you particularly like or a tune you want to learn - I can provide you with arrangments and tips on how to achieve your goals.
Since the beginning of 2020, I have been giving lessons online via video call. During the periods of lockdown during 2020 and 2021, all of my lessons have moved online, and my students have found this to be a very effective way of continuing to learn.
I use two cameras: a wide shot to show students aspects of posture or bowing technique and for general conversation; and a second close-up camera over the fingerboard to show details of fingering. You won't miss a thing!
I use a professional-level sound setup, with an electric pickup on the violin, along with a a separate microphone for my voice, combined with a high speed internet connection -- so the sound quality is excellent.
I am a classically trained violinist, and I have been playing folk fiddle for 30 years. I teach all levels from complete beginners to advanced players. I specialize in teaching fiddle in the Irish, Scottish, English and Scandinavian styles.
I am an experienced teacher - not just of music - and hold an internationally recognised fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in recognition of my teaching. I hold a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and have taught at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Bath and Bristol.
30 Minute lessons - £15
60 Minute lessons - £28
Perfect! Bradon is a patient and friendly tutor who has offered me clear and direct strategies to go about achieving the essence of the traditional fiddle sound. In particular I’ve enjoyed learning how to effectively articulate a tune and ornament it in a way that compliments its points of interest. It has been a pleasure to learn many wonderful new tunes from a deeply knowledgeable tutor who gives them context and makes them come alive.
Catherine is already a good session player, with a good repertoire of tunes. Starting with a tune (a jig) which she already played, we worked through a range of new bowing techniques, melodic variations and ornaments, many of which were new to her - but she is quick to learn, and listens carefully to suggestions. We made rapid progress in the space of a single lesson. We then looked at a new tune (a reel) from sheet music, and talked about rhythmic structure and pulse, and the differences between related ornaments in Irish music. Catherine already has a solid technique, and I think with some guidance could quickly become a really good fiddle player.
Perfect! Brandon was and excellent tutor and exactly what I needed after a having not played the violin for 17 years.
He was patient, insightful and comprehensive in his instruction taking into account my weak points and tailoring his tutoring to my needs.
The recordings he gave me afterwards are fantastic and have helped me on my homework.
I highly recommend Brandon and I am eagerly looking forward to continuing to learn with him!
An excellent first lesson with Ed. He hasn't played the violin for a long time, but we quickly took stock of where he was and reviewed some basic technique. We discussed a few useful exercises, and then learned a simple Irish jig by ear, phrase by phrase. Finally, we took first steps to learning one of the simpler Irish fiddle ornaments. Ed went away with some recordings of the jig to play along with. Great work, Ed! Looking forward to our next lesson!
|at his home||at your home||By webcam|
|1 hour||£28||Not available||£28|
|5 hours||£130||Not available||£140|
|10 hours||£250||Not available||£280|