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Irish Tenor Banjo, Guitar, Tenor Guitar, Bouzouki, Cittern and Bodhran tuition.
Learn traditional music on a range instruments with Louis Bingham (BMus 1st Class Folk and Traditional Music, Newcastle University). Irish traditional music a specialty, other styles include bluegrass, old-time, Breton Fest Noz repertory, Balkan, Iberian, Mediterranean and Scandinavian traditional music.
I learnt music first from my family and the Totnes session scene, later whilst studying from a range of musicians including Chris Newman, Desi Wilkinson, John Carty and Arty McGlynn, and the many fine players too numerous to mention who I had the pleasure of sitting with in sessions from Durham to Tyneside, the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh. I've always learnt and now I teach by ear, with a focus on the repertoire as a living tradition. I can of course provide notation as an aid to memory if needed. Full DBS check and musician's union PLI. Please do get in touch with any enquiries. Email telephone 07708 298146 - Listen on SoundCloud

Want to play by ear?
Totnes-based Griselda Sanderson is an experienced teacher of traditional music with a focus on learning and playing folk music by ear. With the aid of notation and recordings she has a dynamic approach to teaching that is designed to get people playing and enjoying the social side of music-making as soon as possible. Her main instrument is fiddle, and she has a wide knowledge of Scottish, Irish and Scandinavian repertoire as well as English and other European styles. She has also helped musicians who want to play in a more 'folky' style on concertina, wind and other stringed instruments and is one of the UK's rare teachers of the Swedish nyckelharpa and Norwegian Hardanger. Get in touch by email or telephone 07792319809 or 01803 864286

Violin/fiddle lessons
Adults and children welcome.  This can take the form of learning tunes by ear, or from the notation (music reading can also be part of lessons). Totnes area Please telephone 07557 526242 or email

Bodhran Tuition
Put a heartbeat into Celtic music! Have fun at sessions. Friendly, experienced player and teacher offers lessons on playing the bodhran, from basics for beginners to advanced and performance playing. Based in Newton Abbot and willing to travel the South West. Group work and workshops a speciality, especially working with disadvantaged groups, adults with learning disabilities, etc.  CRB checked. Practice drums provided. Good rates, I don't charge much as I enjoy teaching and playing. Interested? Please contact Bruce 07770 567639 or eMail

See also Bodhraphonics Celtic drumming for all

Acoustic/Electric Guitar - Lapslde - Dobro - Bottlekneck and Song Writing Tuition
Specialist guitar lessons catering for students of all abilities and levels. Focusing on Roots, Folk, Blues, Country and Rock plus bespoke topics such as traditional finger picking, slide guitar styles, modern percussive acoustic/air-tap and applied music theory.
Contact Sam, North Devon based tutor - First Class Honours Degree in contemporary guitar performance from London College of Music 2009. Recently described by The Independent Newspaper as "One of the hot new acts making the summer swing" at Glastonbury Festival 2013.
Offering one-to-one tuition, small group lessons (ideal for couples, friends and family to learn together) plus workshop options for larger groups. For more information email

Old-Time Clawhammer Banjo Tuition.
No previous experience necessary. Lessons are designed to meet each individuals requirements and levels. I also provide full support material in the form of audio files and tablature.

I've been playing and performing this style of banjo for 30 years and I can tell you that once you begin to learn and master a few basic techniques you'll never want to stop playing! If you are interested or would like more information you can contact me, Pete, on 01822 853189

D/G Melodeon
D/G Melodeon Tuition - also Tin Whistle. Having problems learning to play the D/G Melodeon.  If you are not making progress, why not give me a call for a completely different approach.  Based in Torquay.  Telephone Steve Gill 01803 290427 or email

Olivia Dunn - Fiddle Player/Teache
I'm a professional, experienced and versatile fiddle player based near Plymouth. My playing/touring/recording credits include The Phil Beer Band and Mad Dog Mcrea. I'm always interested to hear about new projects. For more information telephone 07748 166943 

Tin whistle and low whistle tuition available.
I have been playing for over 20 years, teaching for over 10, very experienced musician. Can teach traditionally, by ear or from written music. Beginners and beyond welcome, can teach all the session tunes.
Please telephone Mairi 01566-786622 (Cornwall)

Melodeon and Anglo Concertina
I am based near Dulverton on the Somerset/Devon border and can offer tuition in melodeon (beginner/intermediate), Anglo Concertina (beginner) and music theory (beginner/intermediate) I have been a Morris musician for thirty years and ran a ceilidh band throughout the 1990's. I hold the Open University OU 241 'Elements in Music Theory' and a Postgrad Cert. in Further Education. Contact me for face to face or online help and support. eMail.

Piano Accordion Lessons
Lynn Baxter (BA Hons. Dip H.Ed) is a teacher and professional musician of 25 years experience. Folk styles a speciality, including Celtic, Gypsy, Klezmer, Musette, Balkan and cajun/zydeco. Adult learners taken gently through tune playing, including accessible intro to theory and demystification of musical gobbledigook. Learn with or without the dots. children welcome. Beginners to advanced (previously accordion tutor at Dartington college).
£22 per hour. Newton Abbot / Torbay / Dartington areas. Telephone 01803 875176/ 07899 025818 or eMail See band website - to hear music.

Guitar Tuition
I teach guitar, both acoustic and electric in most styles. Based in Kingsbridge, I am also a singer-songwriter and have my own small recording studio at home where I help students to get their ideas down.
Pete has been CRB checked and have a look at his website
For more information please contact Pete eMail

Bodhran Tuition
Put a heartbeat into Celtic music! Have fun at sessions. Friendly, experienced player and teacher offers lessons on playing the bodhran, from basics for beginners to advanced and performance playing. Based in Exeter and willing to travel the South West. Group work and workshops a speciality. CRB checked. Practice drums provided. Good rates. Interested? Please contact Bruce 07770 567639 or eMail

West Country Concertina Players
West Country Concertina Players have been running playing days and weekends for some years. We run bi-monthly meetings at Ruishton Village Hall which comprise workshops and playing for absolute beginners and others, all are welcome irrespective of ability, we do have concertinas for use if you just want to try one out. Also we have two weekends at Kilve Court, Somerset, the one in March caters for post beginners up to advanced playing and the October weekend caters for complete beginners and post beginners. Contact information: secretary Mall Derricott 01258 450927 or visit website

Workshop Leader Available
Beginners workshops in Tin Whistle, Accordion, Session Playing, Reading music, Singing, Accompanying Folk Songs with Piano, Harmony, Folk Flute. Plymouth & area. Also all types of musical entertainment and writing or music workshops for care homes & small clubs (daytimes). Please see details on website Contact Deni 07854 725 399 or eMail

Phil Berthoud - Irish fiddle, folk mandolin, guitar
Phil offers tuition in Irish fiddle, folk mandolin, guitar (folk/world/rock/pop). He is author of three books on Irish fiddle playing and one on Irish Mandolin playing, all published by Mel Bay. He's written 12 other books, all due to be released in the next year. Phil has over 20 years experience of instrumental tuition. All standards are catered for from absolute beginners to advanced students. Traditional and popular styles are normally taught by ear but written music can also be used if desired. Please contact Phil on 01803 862282 for more information.

Learn Melodeon
If you would like to learn the Melodeon or are already a learner and would like to have lessons - I teach both English or European styles of playing on GD or CG/CGF boxes. Please contact Louise on 10364 649227 or 07737 238 076 for further information

The Devon Accordion Project - Leslie Thompson
I have been given/loaned a number of piano accordions which I will use to teach complete beginners, making the accordions available on short-term loan. The teaching sessions start at KEVIC in September, in the meantime I'm appealing to anyone with an unused accordion to either come along to the sessions or consider loaning the instrument on a sale-or-return basis to the Devon Accordion Project. Minor repairs will be done free, and the accordion will benefit for being used as well as give someone the chance to learn and possibly buy the instrument at a fair price.
If interested please visit website eMail or telephone 01803-862393

Piano Accordion Tuition
from experienced and qualified teacher based in Totnes. Instruments available for loan/sale. Expertise in British folk, French musette, Klezmer and East European styles, and anything else from Chopin to Zydeco. Telephone Leslie Thompson 01803-862393 or visit website.

Anglo Concertina and Melodeon Tuition
All levels catered for. Three publications for Beginners, Improvers and Irish style on the Anglo.
Contact: Mick Bramich 01364 649339 eMail or visit website

Guitar Tuition
Learn a wide range of musical styles through TAB. Early music and folk song accompaniment are my specialisms.
Contact: Mick Bramich 01752 895054 eMail or visit website

Guitar/Fiddle/Mandolin Tuition
Guitar/Fiddle/Mandolin Tuition - For players at all levels in North Devon. Torrington based. All ages welcome. Please telephone Adrian on 01805 622072

D/G Melodeon Lessons
For players at all levels of competence, from beginners to advanced - Mainly English-style (D/G instruments) Telephone Chris on 01626 871 260

Guitar / Bass Guitar Tuition
Guitar / Bass Guitar Tuition one to one in you own home by experienced professional musician Beginners onward - folk / jazz / rock
Please call Martin Henning 01837 83347 or eMail