Improve or learn fiddle. Expand your repertoire, learn Scottish technique, bowing, improve your tone. Tension free playing
Technique and tune videos provided after each lesson to help with home practice and consolidation.
"Hello! I hope everyone is fairing well and is managing to stay healthy during these unprecedented times. Lockdown has been both interesting and challenging for me so far. The good news is I FINISHED MY DEGREE!!!! AND....... I GOT A FIRST!!!!!!!! I am now the proud owner of a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Applied Music- how cool is that!?! (can you tell I'm excited?) Trust me, at the age of 47 this is a major achievement!
Teaching practice has changed dramatically during lockdown. I am so grateful to have fabulous students who have adapted to virtual lessons brilliantly. Thank you!!
I now have much more time on my hands which has enabled me to take on new students, and with currently the only option for tuition being online this also means I can now teach students from further afield in the UK and abroad. I was a wee bit apprehensive about the learning experience using online tuition, but my fears have proved to be unfounded as all of my students are learning as much as they would do if we were face to face, with the added advantage of doing so from the comfort of their own homes. All lessons are followed up with tune and technique videos. These really help with home practice between lessons. The usual video format would be - 1. Tune up to speed. 2. Tune played slowly. 3. Technique related to tune style. e.g reel, strathspey, march, jig. 4. Breakdown into segments for tricky parts.
If you are a complete beginner, an improver, an advanced player looking to work on specific techniques, or someone who played when they were younger and are in need of
a refresh, please get in touch. I would be delighted to help.
Much fiddle love,
"Kirstie is an excellent teacher. She is kind and patient, but also highly skilled in explaining the technical aspects of bowing, finger placement, tone and quality that create beautiful music. She selects a wide variety of pieces for the class to play, and focuses on the rhythms and tradition of the tune, whilst also encouraging us to add in our own musical interpretation to make the music our own. I cannot recommend her highly enough!"-
"Kirstie is so enthusiastic about Scottish fiddle music that you can't help being enthused yourself. She is always encouraging never critical. She makes lessons fun, so that you want to learn. A wonderful fiddle player and top class teacher!"-
"As a complete beginner (and a mature student), I have been attending Kirstie's classes for 10 months and particularly love her positivity and overall enthusiasm for playing the fiddle. I have received a loads of great tips for progressing"-
"Kirstie has been teaching me fiddle for about 18 months, and has massively helped me to progress. The lessons are fun, but challenging when they need to be! She has a great selection of "tasty tunes", and uses modern techniques (providing a video of all the tunes we didi). She's friendly, enthusiastic and I'd happily recommend her to anyone wanting to learn Scottish fiddle."-
When I started lessons with Kirstie I'd never even picked up a fiddle before. (In fact I'd never played any instrument and I couldn't read music so I didn't have great hopes that I could ever learn to play well!) But Kirstie had us playing tunes right from the first lesson, now I play nearly every day and I absolutely love it!
She's a brilliant teacher, introducing new techniques and tips through the tunes as we progress, and always really encouraging. We get video files after every lesson which really helps with home practice. And we have a laugh! Go for it! -