Music Tuition, Workshops, Repairs

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About BudeStrings

Two decades of playing experience

The best way to tell you about BudeStrings is to tell you about myself. I am a self-taught musician with over 20 years’ experience in the folk and  local band scenes. Playing in various recording and performance environments including Pro Tools-based studios has given me a working knowledge of sound engineering, gig and studio setup, and hardware.

I write and perform my own songs and compositions and have experience in arranging parts for a variety of instruments. Over the years I’ve developed a keen ability to learn by ear. I have played with a very wide variety of musicians and have almost boundless musical tastes and influences.

Familiarity with a wide variety of instruments

I play a wide variety of instruments, including:

  • Acoustic guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Twelve string guitar
  • Vocals
  • Bass – fretted and fretless
  • Mandolin
  • Fiddle
  • Ukulele
  • Whistles
  • Bodhrán
  • Harmonica
  • Bouzouki
  • Balalaika
  • Autoharp
  • Keyboards
  • Variety of ethnic percussion and gamelan instruments

I also understand the principles and use of MIDI for the broadening of instrumental scope, and the basic principles of mixing and production. Please contact me to find out more about BudeStrings tuition scope.

About BudeStrings Collaboration with local schools

As well as visiting schools to teach pupils, I have also assisted in a number of school composition rehearsals and performances. I have attended music-orientated school trips to the Republic of Ireland in a consultative role, teaching students the rudiments of traditional instruments and music as well as busking and playing traditional sessions with them.

I am regularly employed by the Music Department at Budehaven Community School, where I carry out maintenance of instruments, audio gear and Cubase digital audio workstations, as well as setup and operation of sound engineering equipment for major school performances and events. I also provide teaching assistance during lessons, advising students on instrumentation, composition and recording techniques.

I am also deeply involved with the production of sheet music and arrangement of multi-instrumental scores for school performances ranging from classical music to folk,  jazz and modern pop music.

Another facet of my work with local schools is the workshops I provide. These are currently held at Bridgrule,
Bradford and
Black Torrington primary schools. These workshops are intended to be rolled out to as many local schools as possible.

For more information, please refer to the BudeStrings tuition services and BudeStrings workshops pages.

Repairs and maintenance

I have always been quite fussy about how my instruments are set up and in the absence of large amounts of money to pay luthiers to do the work for me I have over the years taught myself a variety of repair and maintenance routines and methods which of course I am able to offer as a service to my customers.

CRB checked

I hold a current CRB disclosure in accordance with regulations for working with children and vulnerable adults.

For further information about BudeStrings or comments please get in touch via the Contact page.

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