Tim - Prof violin - Llangynidr

Tim

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  • Hourly rate £30
  • Response Time 1h
  • Number of students 11
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Experienced, patient and friendly musician and music tutor near Abergavenny offering one-to-one and online violin/fiddle lessons

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The main emphasis of my teaching method is that the student feels relaxed and is enjoying the lesson and learning the instrument. I apply a well tested approach to learning the instrument which involves introducing new elements at a controlled pace while making sure that the fundamentals are fully grasped first and that a quick, enjoyable return is delivered learning to play some familiar tunes quickly.

subjects

  • Violin
  • Fiddle

languages

  • English

levels

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

About Tim

I am a musician with many years experience of playing the violin/fiddle in folk bands, country bands, orchestras, etc. I provide lessons for adult learners of the instrument, either in-person on online. Although I am a classically trained violin player with RSM Grade VIII, these days I would describe myself more as a fiddle player. I play, and enjoy teaching different types of fiddle playing such as folk, country, Irish, Klezmer, blues, etc. I also enjoy teaching and sharing ideas on improvisation, accompanying singer-guitarists, and generally the skills required to play with other people and entertain in informal musical situations.
NEW for 2022 is my tutorial book called ‘Fiddling for Fun’. This book has brought together in one volume many of the topics I focus on in my lessons with Chapters such as ‘Essential information for violin players’, ‘How to make your violin sound like a fiddle’ and ‘Accompanying a Singer/Guitarist’. Feedback on this book has been very positive with students saying it is a good reference source to complement the lessons. Copies are not generally available but a FREE pdf copy is sent to everyone who signs up for lessons with me.
New students also gain exclusive access to a database with over eighty well known and popular tunes to learn. Each tune comes with sheet music, demonstration MP3 (with fiddle) and backing MP3 (with fiddle removed) that you can play, download and use for practice. Many have slower versions designed for learning. The data base is being added to all the time, often with suggestions from students! There are some great tunes to learn and share.
I am a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and have an Enhanced DBS Certificate.

Rates

packages

  • 5h: £130
  • 10h: £250

Travel

  • + ££5

webcam

  • £30/h

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Find out more about Tim

  • 01

    When did you first develop a passion for music and your favourite instrument?

    My passion for music has been with me all my life. I can't remember there ever being a time when it wasn't part of my life - I started learning the violin when I was in primary school, going through the traditional exams and grades and eventually achieving Grade VIII when I was about seventeen. But this was just the start - it gave me the technical foundation to start wanting to play all sorts of music that moved me. I play a guitar as well, but being a fiddle player always sets you apart and puts you in demand. Singer/songwriters are always keen to add 'some fiddle' to give their song that emotional edge and produce a sound that can tear at the heart strings of both performers and listeners - it's fabulous when it happens. Its therefore my favourite instrument

  • 02

    Is there a particular type music or artist that you listen to on a loop without it driving you crazy?

    I wouldn't say there is a particular music type or artist, but often there can be a particular piece of music that gets under my skin. It hits the spot to remind me why I play and listen to music. It creates a moment, a magical spine-tingling moment, that makes us human and captures an emotion perfectly. But this can be a classical piece, an operatic aria, a folk song, a rock song, an emotional ballad, or any other type of music.

  • 03

    Explain to us the most difficult or riveting course you could personally give to a student of music.

    The most difficult course to pass is one where the student starts to really understand what playing is all about and starts to take ownership of his/her playing. The technical issues are still there, but the understanding of playing music as a way of communicating emotion becomes understood. Once that point is reached, my job is largely done - the student is now a musician and will take control of his or her playing.

  • 04

    What do you think is the most complicated instrument to master and why?

    The most complicated instrument to master is your own brain. Any instrument is simply a vehicle for communicating from one person to another. We should ask ourselves: Why do I play any instrument.? What is it I am trying to do? If the answer is 'because I want to play like so-and-so' - it's time to think again. That is not the answer - you need to look for a reason that is more fundamental. You need to be yourself and understand who you are.

  • 05

    What are your keys to success?

    These days, success is measured by seeing students develop and enjoy playing. I like getting positive feedback, who doesn't? But at the end of the day when I see a student developing and understanding it's the best possible feedback you can have.

  • 06

    Name three musicians you dream of meeting in your favourite bar in the early hours of the morning. Explain why.

    This is a difficult one to narrow down. More recently I've been interested in bluegrass music and tuned into the genius of Kenny Baker (who was a fiddle player with Bill Monroe). For me he is up there amongst the greats of fiddle/violin players, but may not be so well known. I love a nice waltz played on a fiddle and he has some superb examples: Roxanna Waltz, Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Mississippi Waltz, etc.

    For the pure joy of playing, I would also like Steve Wickham (fiddle player of the Waterboys). I'm a massive Waterboys fan and Fisherman's Blues is one of my favourite albums.

    Finally, the night would be completed if Eliza Carthy were to turn up. I'm a big fan of both her singing and fiddle playing and I've seen her perform with her band on many occasions.

    All three exude joy and pleasure in their playing, but the list is much longer than just three for me.

  • 07

    Provide a valuable anecdote related to music or your days at music school.

    Before the Pandemic struck, going to see musicians perform was something I would regularly do. I've seen a singer songwriter called Boo Hewerdine quite a few times now. He's written songs for many famous singers, most notably perhaps Eddie Reader. Co-incidentally, he was also an old school chum of mine. At the end of one if his gigs he offered a free CD to the best dancer to his final song of the set. As I was his old pal, I was appointed dancing judge. Half way into the song no-one had the nerve to get up and dance - the stage was empty and it was starting to get a little awkward. I had had such a good evening that I thought - to hell with it - I got up and danced for the remainder of the song, on my own. Afterwards someone complemented be for being so game. I thought they had said for being so gay. It was a great night. I never did get the CD.

  • 08

    What are the little touches that make you a Superprof in music?

    I play a guitar as well and I'm always willing to record a guitar backing track to play fiddle against. Nowadays I have quite a catalogue, though I'm always adding to these, largely driven by student requests.

    Making music should first and foremost be fun. I want to communicate my passion and enjoyment of music to my students. I want them to feel the same way, no matter how gifted or able they are. It's given me a lifetime of pleasure, and nothing would give me more pleasure than passing that passion on.

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