Sue M.

Certified teacher in banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar
From £18.00 / 30 min.

Lowest price includes 20% discount for block booking.

Replies in 7 h. and 34 min.

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From £18.00 / 30 min.

Lowest price includes 20% discount for block booking.

Replies in 7 h. and 34 min.

About Sue M.

Su has been a musician since the age of 16 starting on guitar with good ol' Oasis tunes! Then she got bored and became interested in folk music picking up the mandolin with melodies and then advancing tunes on banjo and fiddle as an Old Time musician. After graduating from Dartington College of Arts in 2006 in Music as a performer, she is regularly performing in the South West. You may see her in local sessions and occasionally in a duo called Southern Belle with Vic Wilcox. It was her former group, The Temporary Trio that pushed her performance to a new level with the group performing on a regular basis across the south west.

Su has been known to be a 'library' of tunes but now struggles to remember how they all begin! She was the former webmaster at Friends Of American Old Time Music And Dance's website where she has developed connections with old time musicians across the UK.


Su teaches on a range of instruments. Lessons are based in Somerset, UK (or online!). One hour lessons per week or fortnight are recommended instead of over an hour in one day.

Su specialises in Old Time music but can cover other genres in folk, she teaches mainly banjo and mandolin but due to her reputation in teaching methods, she has been asked to teach instruments she doesn't even advertise! These are just some of what the lessons will cover in both beginner and intermediate level:

Basics on the instrument and instrument setup.
Different tunings
Reading music notation (some instruments)
Left & right Technique
Muscle memory
Subconscious performance
Confidence & memory improvement
Duo work
Avoiding aches & pains!
Links to a jam sessions of all abilities without being put on the spot.
Lots of tunes!

Having been taught by performers, her teaching style is very informal and all about being comfortable with making funny noises on the instruments. "It doesn't matter what notes you play, as long as they are on time' will be her quote." Always remember that and then you're almost there!
With the informal style of teaching aside, Su has also been taught classical methods from classical guitar that will transfer easily to the instrument of your choice. These methods are very important to take on to improve speed and accuracy of your playing as well as avoiding injuries.


If you wish to venture into the digital world of having lessons via the internet, this also is possible with the use of webcam communication.


Private lessons Mandolin & Fiddle 2021
"Totally recommend Su as a music teacher. She has taught me mandolin for 4 years and fiddle for 1 year, plus a bit of guitar and double bass. This has been online and face to face. I'm in my 60s and don't want to be bothered with exams and minute serious details of technique. I want to make music and perform as best as I can. So Su's teaching is just right for me . She makes it fun, and has a way of finding the positive, and of finding the funny side when playing goes wrong. She knows her stuff and is a talented musician. She has introduced me to a whole world of old time music I knew nothing about and made me welcome in the music sessions she leads both online and in the real world. These are a joy The main thing is that thanks to Su my mandolin and fiddle playing has gone from 0 to 60 in very quick time. Don't hesitate to book up some lessons with Su before she gets too long a waiting list." - Nick W

Private lessons Banjo 2021
"I was a complete beginner at the banjo when I first went to Su for lessons. She patiently guided me through my instrument set-up, basic clawhammer techniques and a few simple old-time tunes. From there she skilfully taught me more advanced tunes and playing techniques until I was confident enough to play with others. She even gave me great advice on buying a new banjo. Lessons with Su are really relaxed and enjoyable and I always come away from them humming a new tune that she has taught me! She's a friendly, welcoming and above all patient tutor and I would highly recommend her.." - Simon P

Gainsborough 2015 Banjo Workshop (Intermediate level)
"I attended Su Mo's beginners banjo workshop at Gainsborough 2015. I liked the way she asked around the class to establish each student's playing experience and ability. I also liked the way she worked through techniques rather than just knocking out a 'new tune'. She also managed to convey the 'feeling' that you should get when mastering a technique. I think that most, if not all students, gained from the experience and if they took away the three or four small exercises and mastered them, the improvement would be quite significant. I would definitely attend another Su Mo workshop." - Lyndon Smith

Reviews of Sue M.

Created at 27/01/22
Bruce F. Reference
Excellent teacher who has taken me on an exciting musical journey , learning partly by ear , exploring musical notation and sufficient theory to allow my mandolin playing to continue to improve . Lessons either through zoom or face to face are empathetic and fun!
Created at 02/02/22
Angie B. Reference
I have had banjo and mandolin lessons in person and on Zoom with Sue. Others have said that my playing has improved immeasurably, she makes learning music fun and enjoyable. Sue is always very patient and encouraging. I highly recommend her as a teacher.
Created at 07/02/22
Andrew K. Reference
Sue has been involved in many music projects at our art centre including tuition and performance. The quality of her music teaching and talents have been loved by many and she has patience for all levels of tuition.


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