MUSIC EDUCATOR | CELTIC FIDDLE MENTOR | SELF PACED BEGINNER TO BRILLIANT CELTIC FIDDLE MASTERY PROGRAMS

I'm Colin MacLeod, and I build student self-confidence through learning by ear and playing from the heart.

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The Heart Of Listening

As a musician, you want to have fun.

Deep down, you know it too.  

The problem is—you don't think of yourself as someone can join in a Celtic music session. Fiddle Playing found you; you didn't seek it! And yet, you can play the violin. Turns out, you're someone who wants to join in a Celtic music session. Sometimes, musicians are worried about being good enough before being able to join in a Celtic music session because they believe some common myths about playing in sessions, like:

  • You need to have played in numerous Celtic music sessions before
  • You need to be note perfect when you play tunes
  • You need to know all the music off by heart
  • You need to know all the tunes that everyone is going to play at that particular session even if you have never visited the session before
  • You need to be able to start off your own set of tunes

But guess what? Your job is simply to have fun. And perfection kills fun and connection. 

Becoming a fiddle player who joins in Celtic music sessions is a process of peeling back layers of self judgement to reveal yourself—in down-to-earth ways people feel a natural resonance with. And this is a skill that can absolutely be learned.

“Thank you Colin MacLeod for your encouragement and sympathetic ear. You showed me I could play along even if I don’t know the tune. That I could add to the beauty of the music if I just kept playing. I realized most of my insecurities were of my own making and my judgements kept me from playing.”

Jacqui Wallace Skinner, USA

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“Colin not only taught several pieces of music to a group of fiddle players of a wide range of ages and abilities, but had the audience smiling and singing as well. Even the most musically shy of us were playing and moving around the stage to the rhythm of the music. Colin's love for Celtic music is contagious! Thank you Colin. I had so much fun - can't wait to do it again!”

Sarah O'Brien, USA

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