Learn to play the fiddle - violin and fiddle lessons

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I am an experienced fiddle and violin teacher, based in Bristol, UK.

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, and I specialise in teaching fiddle in the Irish, Scottish, English and Scandinavian styles.

Can I teach myself to play the fiddle?

Many of the great Irish, Scottish and English fiddle players have taught themselves to play. But a good teacher will definitely get you playing the way you want more quickly...

Teaching yourself to play the fiddle

Fiddle or Violin?

Many people get confused about the difference between a fiddle and a violin. So, what is the difference?

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If you are looking to learn to play the fiddle, I teach all levels from complete beginners to advanced players. I am based in Bristol, UK, but can also give lessons online via skype or zoom.

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What a wonderfully crazy way to spend Christmas day. 11cm thick, the ice apparently (safely thick enough I'm told!). And yes, that's the bottom of the lake you can see through the ice and water. #iceskating #telemark #norway
I'm running some fiddle workshops and sessions at this Festival of the Fiddle at The Star in Fishponds, Bristol. The two  workshops will be for beginner/intermediate and intermediate/advanced. Message me for details. All welcome. Going to be some cracking music on across the week, so tell your Bristol friends. I'll also be playing with some other great players on the Monday evening, followed by an all-comers session! 

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First gigs coming up at the weekend, outside obviously, and the weather is going to turn cold, so back out with these great fingerless gloves by @ranveig.s.berg. Left hand customised for fiddle playing to give better neck grip and movement from the first finger...! 😁

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Electric fiddle upgrade, for late night practice when the babba's asleep (only time i can play most days): a Bridge Aquila (with crazy custom paint job). Sounding pretty good already, but lots of tweaking still to have fun with.. #itgoesupto11

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About me

I have been playing the violin for nearly 30 years, and growing up in a folk music family, I have played folk fiddle in the English, Irish and Scottish styles for nearly as long.

I am a classically trained violinist, but I now specialise in teaching folk fiddle. I am a well known player on the Irish session scene in London, Bristol and Bath, and have spent time playing in Scotland, around Ireland and further afield. I have played with a number of Ceilidh bands over the years, including in Bristol and Bath.

I am an experienced teacher, teaching fiddle and violin lessons in Bristol and Bath, UK