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Friday, July 3, 2020

A World of Music Tuition & Masterclasses

Learn and play with professional musicians

1200X600 Masterclass SL

Global lockdowns may have us stuck inside, but looking on the bright side, that does mean it’s the ideal time to finally pick up that instrument you’ve been dying to learn. Hankering to try your hand at the banjo? Pining to pluck your way around a mandolin? Here are some folk and world musicians who have embraced the virtual world we find ourselves in and are offering masterclasses and lessons online, allowing you to receive the best tuition wherever you are in the world – lockdown or not. Contact the musicians directly through the details listed below and start learning today!




Anandi has studied under Debashish Bhattacharya for 20 years. Her debut, Joys Abound, secured her the Newcomer Award in the Songlines Music Awards 2019 and other accolades. Her online classes will combine tradition with Western vocal technique. 

Contact details: anandibhattacharya42@gmail.com



(Indian slide guitar)

The multiple Grammy-nominated, Songlines and BBC awardee is a global inspiration who has received recognition for his patented guitars – Chaturangui, Gandharvi and Anandi. His slide guitar programme is suited for any instrumentalist looking to learn arrangement, composition and Indian music. 

Contact details: debashishguitar@gmail.com 



(Frame drum)

The original and best online frame drum courses (beginner/intermediate levels). With over 275 hours of tutorials and bonuses at a fraction of the cost of college courses – plus FREE added soul and 24/7 support from like-minded drum-lovers. Private lessons and retreats also available.

Contact details: marla@marlaleigh.com 



(fiddle and voice)

Bryony Griffith is regarded as one of England’s finest fiddlers and most distinctive singers with a broad repertoire of traditional English dance tunes and songs. Her 2018 album Hover received five-star reviews and nominations including fROOTS Editor’s Album of the Year. ‘… sublime!’ Mojo Magazine

Contact details: bryonygriffith@gmail.com



(mandolin, tenor banjo and Irish bouzouki)

Robin Phillips Jones has been playing fretted instruments and writing songs for as long as he can remember. Influenced by Celtic, American and Eastern European traditions, he currently plays lead mandolin in award-winning folk trio The Trials of Cato. Tuition available from beginner to advanced.

Contact details: robinphillipsjones@gmail.com


(mandolin and clawhammer banjo)

As well as private tuition, Eastman Guitars endorsed mandolin player Polly Bolton teaches at York St John University, runs workshops at various festivals and has guest tutored with Simon Mayor. She has toured internationally for many years and is influenced by a wide range of musical styles from across the globe.

Contact details: marthapollybolton@hotmail.co.uk




The South African guitarist has made a name for himself with his sublime arrangements of West African kora music for the classical guitar and he is widely considered one of the instrument’s finest virtuosos. Learn the music of Africa on guitar, merging oral and written musical traditions in group online lessons with Derek Gripper.

Contact details: www.derekgripper.com/guitar-lessons


(DADGAD Guitar)

I am a guitarist in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning band The Trials of Cato, offering online tuition in DADGAD acoustic and electric guitar.

Contact details: tomoswilliams@me.com

Angharad Jenkins


Angharad is a Welsh fiddle player and composer, and founding member of celebrated folk groups Calan, DnA and Pendevig. She’s an experienced teacher, who applies the principles that she learnt through her own classical training, to traditional music repertoire.


email: siencomusic@gmail.com

If you’re a musician and would like to offer tuition or masterclasses to our global readership, you can advertise in the magazine and on this page for just £95 (plus VAT). If you would like further information, please contact james@songlines.co.uk or call +44 20 7501 6683

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