Courses currently available at Mad About Music School.
“There is no good or bad reason to start playing music. My own musical adventure began as an excuse to get out of a maths class when I was 9. From then on, I fell in love with music and all that it is. Music is a platform not only for creativity, but self awareness and emotional interpretation. It is fun, exciting and a lifelong quest. The most important thing is to find the instrument(s) that speak easiest to, and through you…. Your voice is unique and deserves to be heard …. “
Tamasine Plowman (Co Founder & Musical Director)
Here are the main instruments/courses we teach. For more information, click on your area of interest
The Acoustic guitar is a similar shape to the classical guitar, but with a scratch plate next to the sound hole. It has a narrower neck, with fret markers on the finger board. Some versions are electro-acoustic, which means they can be plugged into an amplifier. The steel strings make this style of guitar ideally suited to trad, pop, jazz or blues.
Electric guitars are often smaller than the other styles of guitar. They are made in all sorts of shapes, colours and sizes and need an amplifier to produce sound. Their solid bodies can make them quite heavy to hold. The steel strings on the electric guitar, are actually easier to push down for younger fingers than the acoustic guitar. Electric guitars are typically found in modern music, rock and pop (make sure you invest in a set of headphones or have nice neighbours).
Bass guitar, typically has a solid body, and like the smaller electric guitar, is electric based, so needs an amplifier. Usually they have four or five strings, which are strung and tuned differently from a standard guitar. The strings are a lot thicker, but are quite easy to push down on. It is worth remembering, the frets/notes are spaced wider apart than other guitars. Bass guitars are used in all forms of modern music. They really are the driving force behind all styles and genres of modern music.
The main challenges a beginner student will encounter, is building hand strength, and developing the hard skin on their fingers, which all guitarists need. Gentle finger exercises’ and practice can overcome this quickly.
Percussion instruments fall into two different categories tuned and untuned. Tuned percussion consists of many different instruments from all around the world; here are examples of some of the most common ones majority of these are struck with beaters/mallets.
Hand bells set
Then we have the un-tuned…. Hand held instruments like maracas, claves, bells, castanets, tambourines.. etc and naturally, drums are available in all sorts of shapes and sizes from hand held bongos to the majestic timpani .
The difference comes in when describing what is being played on the instrument. Generally, fiddles describes an instrument being played in folk/traditional genres, like Irish trad, Blue grass music, and klezmer. The bowing style of this genre tends to be looser, and relaxed. The instrument is referred to as violin when playing composition based genres, like classical music, orchestral and jazz, where the bowing style is different, and more technical than “the fiddle”. But when it comes down to it, it’s the same instrument. It’s not uncommon to hear a virtuoso violinist refer to his Stradivarius as his “fiddle,” or a bluegrass fiddler to fondly describe how his family “violin” was whittled by his grandaddy in the woodshed. Physically, the beginner is faced with the same challenges as the violinist. It is worth noting here that trad music tends to be based in the aural tradition, meaning it is learnt more by ear and repetition.
It’s not being different that’s the problem. It’s people being the same 🙂