Kitty also teaches anglo concertina, melodeon, classical piano, violin.
You are welcome to attend a taster session, try out the instruments and learn about their different qualities. Kitty will also be happy to advise on what to purchase and may be able to loan an instrument to get you started.
Kitty teaches 'by ear' - which means there is no need to learn to read musical
notation unless you want to.
A graded series of tuition CDs are provided free to all regular students. Lessons are also supported with personalised YouTube videos, (invaluable reminders of bowing techniques) and sheet music, if required.
Lessons are open to individuals or small groups, in fact there is no better way to keep motivated than to share your music making with like-minded students. Likewise, those learning individually will be encouraged to network with other beginners. Kitty often organises informal social gatherings, giving students the chance to swap tunes, tips and share their musical passions.
Playing traditional fiddle music is sociable and great fun. All you need to start is a violin and lots of enthusiam!
In your first lesson, you'll learn the best way to hold the violin and then accompany a traditional tune, just by plucking the fiddle strings. Within a few weeks you'll be playing the tunes yourself. It’s not unknown for a complete beginner to join in with a pub session after just one lesson with Kitty!
Perhaps you already know some folk tunes, but can't seem to bring them to life? Kitty will show you how to play with greater flair and confidence, including ornamentation, bowing patterns, phrasing and improved intonation.
Lessons with Kitty can equally be a great introduction to traditional fiddle music for classically-trained violinists.
Whatever your starting point, Kitty will inspire you with a refreshing and infectious repertoire of jigs, reels, airs and hornpipes from Brtain and around the world.