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.
I am a musician with many years experience of playing the violin/fiddle in folk bands, country bands, orchestras, etc. I teach both children and adults the instrument, either in small groups or 1-to-1. I now offer online tuition. 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.
My fiddle / violin course teaches you all the fundamentals and essentials about playing the instrument (which includes reading music / musical theory) but also tells you about the many styles of playing there are out there, providing tips and advice on how best to capture a particular genre.
My teaching methods are informal, friendly and very interactive. I particularly like it when students come to me with tunes or styles they want to learn so I can tailor the course to the individual student. I’m also familiar with and have a large library of different fiddle tunes that can be taught, selecting from this to teach the student in the particular direction he or she wants to learn.
I’m not so keen on study for formal exams but prefer to focus on the fun the side of playing- learning skills to be able to accompany a singer/songwriter, learning some established scales and techniques to allow competent improvisation or jamming, learning how to play as part of a group or band, getting ready to play at open mic or other public performance opportunities, etc, etc
Over time I’ve built up a large collection of backing tracks (most of which I’ve recorded myself) which are offered to students to allow them to practice their favourite pieces alongside a guitar or sometimes full backing band. This helps to keep motivation levels high and is a great way of getting ready for the real thing!
Perfect! Tim is a fantastic tutor, his years of experience in his irish fiddle duo band and bluegrass country band really shine thru and gives of an air of easy confidence and incredibly compitency. The atmosphere is relaxed with tims sense of humour and patience, this lends to a compfortable learning environment, meaning he is a fantastic teacher for begginer and advanced alike. Would highly recomend.
Jo has a keen interested In Irish and Klezmer fiddle and I was impressed by his performance of Hava Nagila. We agreed that learning to read music would improve his ability to learn and play new tunes.
I’ve known Tim for a long while, he is extremely talented and very patient. A great deliverer of lessons with a wide range of skills. we recommended him to all our members who attend our music work shops and will look forward to working together in the future
Stormz Community For Musical Arts CIC
Very knowledgeable and talented. Great tutor highly recommended
Tim is such a good violin teacher, he gives you the confidence, as a complete beginner, to have a go. Then the encouragement to build on what you’ve learnt. I now feel confident to try out new pieces and he teaches you to read music as you go. I would highly recommend Tim as a teacher as he will put you at ease and always be available to answer any queries. You really won’t be disappointed.
Tim is a great tutor. He understands where I am with the violin and the sort of music I like. I am progressing very well with his lessons and am very motivated to achieve all the next steps. I am a beginner but he is very encouraging and pushes me forward. He is easy to talk to and has a good sense of humour!
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