Tuition: Workshop Leader

n experienced workshop leader and teacher, John’s knowledge, experience and enthusiasm combine to make him a much sought-after tutor in academic institutions, festivals and music-camps and academies.

He has taught at venues and events including the Australian National Festival, Sidmouth Festival, Whitby Folk Week, Towersey, Ashokan, Goldsmiths University and regularly teaches on the Folk Music degree course at Newcastle University and the World Irish Music MA Course at Limerick University.

John’s passion for vernacular music led to his degree dissertation focussing on the interpretation of field recordings, looking at intonation, tuning and expression. With his knowledge of the construction and physics behind the workings of the violin and concertina, and his musical knowledge and approach, he is able to offer a unique insight into the world of music and music making.

Online Zoom Music Workshops

If you would like an online lesson or to join a workshop then please do
get in touch
. I hope everyone stays safe and well.


Saturday 6th, 13th, 20th

Sunday 28th


10.00am WORKSHOP: SESSION TUNES - FIDDLE  more info...



The morning Workhsops last for around 1 hour and look at common session tunes and are priced at £40 for all four or individually at £12 per person. The afternoon workshops are usually around 90 minutes and cover more complex and interesting tunes and techniques - they are £15 per person, or or you can book all four workshops for a month at a discount for £50.

Each week John will focus on one tune, that he will teach by ear, and explore how to create appropriate phrasing, rhythm and groove, as well as tone and dynamics to bring the tune to life. John will teach tunes on his fiddle, and while there will be some fiddle-centric content, the workshops are open to all musicians and instruments.

Each workshop will be available ‘live’ or afterwards on Youtube if you are unable to make the broadcast time. John will also record a specific video for Youtube of each tune - an MP3 audio version will also be available, and he will also provide links to an MP3 of the whole workshop as well as an annotated PDF of the tune.

Please contact John about teaching . You can message him directly from here...

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“Thank you for your sessions at the English Fiddle Weekend this year and your workshops at Sidmouth over the last few years. I think you are an inspirational tutor and your sessions have helped me so much to improve my bowing technique. I have not found another tutor who explains with such clarity how to produce the range of the tonal qualities of the violin.” David Easeman

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"John is an amazing fiddle player and inspirational teacher. He not only has a deep understanding of the music, but is incredibly skilled at bringing out the best of a musician, on a personal expressive and creative level, whilst improving technique and musicality." Newcastle Folk Degree Graduate, Nicola Beazley

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"John has taught me semi-regularly over the last 10 years, culminating in some lessons as part of my music degree at Goldsmiths University. His lessons are always extremely insightful and fulfilling. I owe an awful lot of my technique and repertoire to John's brilliant teaching and playing." Goldsmiths Graduate, Tom Moore

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"John is engaging and knowledgeable, with a great easy to follow teaching style. Above all though he is great fun!" Newcastle Folk Degree Graduate, Alex Cumming

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"John had listened to me, and taken me seriously, and that really, really mattered. His response to my question has changed the course of my playing, and I had glimpsed something of that place in music that cannot be held onto or made solid, but can be known just for a moment.” Judith, student at the English Acoustic Summer School

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“A great workshop! Your easy style of teaching and tips on how to enhance the basic tunes made them accessible for the range of players who attended." Ann Abbot, FaceBook comment after a workshop at Whitby Festival 2015

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"John can take a simple tune and paint colour and vitality into it, transforming it into an exciting and unique interpretation with a passion that his students will strive to emulate. He has a patient and understanding approach to teaching that can be followed by students of all levels.” Christine 2021

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John’s teaching (individually and in workshops) is pure gold...he has a rare ability to combine spontaneity and attention to detail on technique which makes learning with John joyous and fun. Just what we need at the moment!” Liz 2021

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"Loved the online workshops! Great tunes, but also a chance to learn and experiment with different accompaniment styles. You can play along with either tune or accompaniment afterwards as John records them on separate tracks - a brilliant resource.” Diana 2021

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“John's workshops are delivered in an enjoyable and engaging way and he makes the tune easy to pick up. The tunes are quirky and fun to play. He provided really useful tips on using bowing and ornamentation to bring the tune to life. The resources are excellent quality and very detailed." Adam 2021

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"If John Dipper played 'Three Blind Mice', people would jump up and start to dance. In his fiddle workshops, John demonstrates the techniques that can be used to transform even the simplest of tunes into something exciting and vibrant . A must for any aspiring folk fiddler.” Tony 2021

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"I enjoyed your online workshops enormously and your teaching methods! Your approach has definitely inspired me to practise more and my playing has improved. All the materials that you supply are so helpful and have enabled me to work at my own pace." Judy, Hereford. 2021