Maybe you're a fiddle player who wants to connect with their Celtic heritage (and know that sharing your passion of playing music is the best way to do that), but you get 'butterflies' at the thought joining in a Celtic music session.
Or perhaps you're a musician who loves Celtic music, but hesitates to play tunes by ear with an interpretation of the music that makes those tunes so meaningful.
Or maybe you've been feeling the pull to travel and join in Celtic music session anywhere in the world - but are just not sure where to start or how to do it in a way that is fun and incorporates a sense of adventure, connection with your Celtic heritage.
Do you have some tunes that you want to play in a Celtic music session... but can't quite wrap your head around how to play the tunes?
Energetic players are passionate and dedicated musicians who buck the typical playing approach because they want to bring their authentic, connected and courageous playing voice to the Celtic music session world and have fun in the process!
I'm a musician, educator, avid traveller, Scottish Australian, and Celtic cultural music and storyteller who has spent the last 35 years helping several thousand students all over the world learn to peel back layers of instrument playing myths to share powerful ideas and insights with patient authenticity, a cohesive narrative, and a powerful point of view.
I don't believe in formulas. There are a million ways to approach learning Celtic fiddle tunes by ear and playing from the heart and once you find the best approach for you, playing from the heart can begin to feel less terrifying and more exciting.
I also don't believe in perfection. The things you think make you seem 'unpolished' or 'uninteresting' are often the very aspects of your personality other musicians find truly refreshing and fun!
I know—you want to cover your fears, self-doubts, and mistakes and get your playing note perfect. I totally get it.
When we're in a Celtic music session or on stage, what we are playing feels like it carries the weight of the world. Like it has the potential to make or break our credibility.
Clients hire me to:
To some extent, I can. (I'm really good.)
We practice and build their skills—which expands their confidence.
But then I tell them something surprising:
I don't want you to be perfect.
And here's why...
"Perfect" playing skills don't really matter. What does? The ability to truly have fun and join in a Celtic music session anywhere in the world.