Fiddle teaching

Stuart OmondStuart Omond
09:51 29 Jul 22
Bradon is an engaging and patient teacher and his knowledge of folk fiddle playing is second to none. He introduces a new tune at each lesson so you are always learning something new and provides recordings and learning aids online so you don't forget what you've done previously.I'd recommend Bradon for anyone wanting to learn folk fiddle or improve their playing.
Glenda CollierGlenda Collier
15:18 27 Jul 22
Highly recommended! Bradon is an intuitive and flexible teacher - focused on your objectives but gently challenging you as well. He is very patient and creative with how he teaches - I have lessons over zoom but because of his creativity it works really well. I have learnt a lot and feel I have really improved from my lessons.
Bernie PrettejohnBernie Prettejohn
19:35 26 Jul 22
Bradon is an incredibly patient and knowledgeable teacher. He has the ability to break down learning the fiddle into a way that makes sense. This is especially helpful as a mature student learning from scratch. The online resources are also really useful, meaning you can be learning and consolidating tunes wherever you are... you don't always need your fiddle with you to be able to learn! Definitely recommend. B
Malcolm ChurchillMalcolm Churchill
10:49 26 Jul 22
I had given up on fiddle playing a few years ago after my previous teacher left to live in Ireland. When I decided to start again and found Bradon via Google I was thinking that I would just give it a try again.Bradon was welcoming and managed to work out the level I had reached very quickly. His lessons are tailored to fit my level exactly, and he pushes just enough to make good progress. He is patient (which is definitely needed with me!) and explains technique very well, at the same time as teaching new tunes. He supplies a recording of any tune learned at the lesson, at a speed suitable for the student, to play along to at home to enable practice between lessons, which is very useful. I feel like I am making good progress at last, and would highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in playing Irish/Scottish folk music.
Catherine MichelleCatherine Michelle
13:06 11 Jul 21
Bradon is a patient and friendly tutor who has offered me clear and direct strategies to go about achieving the essence of the traditional fiddle sound. In particular I’ve enjoyed learning how to effectively articulate a tune and ornament it in a way that compliments its points of interest. It has been a pleasure to learn many wonderful new tunes from a deeply knowledgeable tutor who gives them context and makes them come alive.
20:46 29 Jun 21
As an adult beginner Bradon is a fantastic teacher. Excellent communicator, amazing teaching skills and really easy to get on with. He has great patience teaching me and has revived my love of playing fiddle tunes.
Kate MKate M
15:37 21 Jun 21
I’m an adult beginner, and have enjoyed learning with Bradon. He’s very easy to get on with and I’ve definitely learned some violin skills. I would recommend him as a teacher
15:00 21 Jun 21
One of the best music teachers I've had. Good value, quality and professionalism in teaching you how to play one of the harder instruments, thanks Bradon!

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 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, including in Bristol and Bath.

I am a classically trained violinist, but I now specialise in playing and teaching folk fiddle. I mainly teach from my home in Bristol (BS4), but can also travel throughout Bristol and Bath (an additional charge may be made depending on distance). I am also available to give online teaching via skype or zoom if you are based elsewhere.

Whether you are a complete beginner, or already an advanced player, I can help you improve your technique, teach you about the subtleties of phrasing and ornamentation in fiddle playing in different traditions, and build your repertoire of tunes. I can teach orally – learning tunes by ear – but can also teach you to read music if you wish.

I have recently built each of my students an individual online workspace where I can share online learning resources with them including audio and video recordings, sheet music, and learning notes. This allows my students to keep track of what they have been learning with me, and return to tunes and techniques we have learned in the past. As far as I know, this is a unique resources for traditional fiddle students.

You can find more information about my fiddle lessons at Learn to Play the Fiddle.

I will also be uploading more free video tutorials to my Youtube page, so do take a look at them as well.

Please contact me if you would be interested in lessons.