Workshops & Teaching

JUST ANNOUNCED – Summer Mandolin Mini-Sessions 2018

After a few of my students requested this, I am going to run a series of led kitchen sessions aimed at people who are looking to improve their confidence playing in a group setting. The sessions will take place in my kitchen and be for around 6 people at a time. Each day there will be three levels;

Intermediate – Players who are comfortable with a good number of tunes, but might not want to play them at a rip-roaring pace. We can start them slow and then push the tempo and see where we get. Also good if you want to have a go at playing the backing. You can lead or I can lead, whatever takes your fancy.

Intermediate/Advanced – We’ll have a go at playing easy to advanced tunes at the tempo you would hear them in a session. You are also welcome to have a go at the backing. There will be room in this session for solos too if you feel like it!

I will provide music/tab for all of the classes in advance and on the day. If you have a group who would like to come together just drop me a message through the contacts page on this website.

updated summer sessions 2018

Other 2018 Workshops

15th – 17th Feb  – Mandolin Tutor @ Feis Gleann Albainn – Fort Augustus

4th – 6th May  – Mandolin tutor @ The Ullapool Adult Feis

23rd June – Mandolin Workshop leader @ Arisaig Americana Festival – info

6th July – Beginner/Intermediate Mandolin Workshop @ The Big Folk Weekender, Shetland

8th July – Intermediate/Advanced Mandolin Workshop @ The Big Folk Weekender, Shetland

23rd – 28th July – Mandolin Tutor @ Folkworks Adult Summer School, Durham – info

Online Tuition

I can provide lessons over Skype when I am not away on tour. If you would like to do so please get in touch through my contacts page to organise a time. I accept payment for this through Paypal – 1 hour Skype lesson

Other classes

On Monday nights I teach mandolin to adults at Glasgow Fiddle Workshop

On Wednesday nights I teach mandolin to school-age students at Falkirk Traditional Music Project.

I also provide private mandolin lessons in Glasgow. For more information please get in touch through my contacts page.

Previous Workshops

Mandolin Jam 2017 – 1st August 6.30pm

Mandolin Jam 2017

My fourth workshop, by request, will be another lead session to recap repertoire I have taught over the last few years. It will be an inclusive, relaxed session and I will go over any tricky bits of each tune before we start.

Although I have called this a session, I would like the event to be as inclusive as possible, so we wont just go rip-roaring into all of the numbers. I’ll go through each tune slowly, answer any questions, and talk through the chords if anyone would like to focus more on accompaniment.

I will provide a mid-tempo recording, sheet music and tab for each tune in case you haven’t heard them before, or would like to have a go at any before the night, but no rehearsal necessary! These files will be available by the 18th of July.

You can buy tickets for the evening over Paypal here and once you have done this you will be emailed a link with all of the files.

The event will take place in the side room of Avante Gard, 34-44 King Street, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 5QT  and will go on as late as we feel like!

If you would prefer not to pay over paypal just drop me a message and I will reserve you a place and send the music file in advance.

Any questions, just contact me through my contact page on this website. See you soon!

 

 

International Music Day Mandolin Jam – 21st June 2016- 7pm

Mandolin Jam June 2016My third workshop, by request, will be a lead session to recap repertoire I have taught over the last few years. It will be an inclusive, relaxed session and I will go over any tricky bits of each tune before we start.

Bluegrass & Oldtime Melodies for mandolin workshop – 21st November 2015

The second workshop this year will focus on building repertoire in the Old-time and Bluegrass genres. We will learn a few tunes (by ear, but notation a tab provided) and then look at simple decoration, accompaniment and arrangement ideas. Please not the change of venue

Avante Gard, 34-44 King Street, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 5QT.

This will be a daytime workshop, running from 12.30-6pm with breaks.

The ticket cost is £15 and you can purchase them in advance through paypal here. (Don’t worry if you don’t use paypal, it will give you the option to pay by card).

 

Mandolin workshop poster

 

An Introduction to Bluegrass for mandolin

NB – the provisional date for the next in this series of workshops is the 29th November 2015. More info coming soon…..

This event is now over. Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such good fun! I am planning a day long class before Christmas in a bigger, quieter space

£10, 7pm, 16th July 2015 in the upstairs room of Curlers Rest, Byres Rd, Glasgow.

Come and have a go at some simple bluegrass melodies, chop chords, improvisation and a song or two. The workshop will mainly be taught by ear but notation and tablature will be provided for both mandolin and guitar. The class will be aimed at intermediate players, but all levels welcome. (Guitarists welcome, although some focus will be put onto mandolin chords).

 

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