- Hourly rate £30
- Response Time 1h
- Number of students 11
Experienced, patient and friendly musician and music tutor near Abergavenny offering one-to-one and online violin/fiddle lessons
- at their home
- at your home
- By webcam
We host the best tutors. Quality of their profile, experience in their field. Tim will be happy to arrange your first Violin lesson.
About the lesson
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 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.
Perfect! My daughter’s first lesson with Tim was fun and just what we had hoped for. Our daughter was free to be able to play her favourite folk music with Tim to accompany and teach. She loved her lesson and can’t wait for the next. Tim is a consummate professional. Highly recommend.
- Tim's response : Samantha's daughter was very good at sight reading and had good tone and intonation on the instrument
Perfect! I immediately felt relaxed with Tim. He was extremely helpful, patient and encouraging. The lesson was just what I needed. Many thanks.
- Tim's response : Piers made some great progress with learning a fiddle part to play as part of 'Fairytale of New York' - just in time for Christmas.
Perfect! I very much enjoyed my first session with Tim. He put me at ease and gave lots of clear information about what he offers as a fiddle tutor. I look forward to learning more about how to improve my playing so that I can relax and enjoy the music more.
- Tim's response : Kath has clearly some experience of fiddle playing and was able to competently play some common scales. She also demonstrated her ability with playing a Scottish fiddle tune. I look forward to helping her develop her playing further.
Perfect! For a perfect balance of a progressive yet chilled out approach to learning an instrument, I can not rate Tim more highly. As a complete beginner to the violin, I had no idea how well I would take to it but, thanks to Tim's experience as a performer and tutor, my confidence has increased drastically along with my ability. If you're looking to have fun in learning an instrument Tim is definitely the tutor for you.
- Tim's response : Josh is really picking up techniques for fiddle playing quickly. I was quite impressed. He'll be bashing out some great fiddle tunes pretty soon.
Perfect! I've just had my first lesson with Tim and it was excellent! I learnt more than I thought I would in one lesson and it's made me excited to have my next one.
Tim is very lovely and easy going and made me feel very relaxed. He helped me with all sorts of extra tips and he knows his stuff!
Would highly recommend! Thanks Tim! :)
- Tim's response : It was a pleasure to meet and teach Hannah and discuss with her fiddle playing in general. It was clear she had played before by the way she held the instrument and the bow. She was picking up an Irish fiddle tune we agreed to learn very quickly and I'm confident she will soon be able to play it well and perform it to others.
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.
- Tim's response : 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.
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I am thoroughly enjoying my lessons with Tim. Having searched for a while to find a tutor that I didn’t want to feel pressured with a strict examination approach etc. I like that it’s fiddling for fun and for that reason Tim is perfect and I highly recommend. I was very nervous to start with but Tim made me feel very relaxed and he is Extremely patient. I look forward to future lessons in my fiddling journey.
I've had two lessons at Tim's studio now and have enjoyed both of them very much, I've a third booked already and can very clearly see the progress I've made with the violin. Tim is a very friendly guy and a great teacher and I'm very grateful to have found him.
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
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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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- 5h: £130
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Find out more about Tim
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.