Mandolin teacher in Bristol

Lessons for all levels.


This video is part of my lesson for Horpe’s Reel.

I’m Katherine Boon, and I am excited to announce I am offering mandolin lessons in Bristol.

My lessons are informal and fun, based on learning by ear or using tab. You don’t need to be able to read music, though I can provide it if you do.

I can teach you:

  • technique
  • music theory
  • tunes
  • jam skills
  • improvisation

I play mostly bluegrass, old-time and new acoustic music, but my aim is to help you develop the skills required to play whatever you want.

Lessons are £30 an hour, and held just north of Bristol, within easy reach of Bath, Gloucestershire, Somerset and south-east Wales. Our first session together will include an assessment of where you are and what you’d like to get out of the lessons.

So, if you’re looking for a mandolin teacher in the Bristol area, please send me a message!

About me

I have been playing mandolin for over 15 years, having been inspired to take up the instrument after seeing Nickel Creek live in Bristol in 2003.

Over the years, I have attended various workshops and camps including Sore Fingers Summer Schools and  Targhee Music Camp. I’ve studied with some of the best mandolin players in the world including Mike Marshall, John Reischman, Joe K Walsh and Tim O’Brien. I therefore have vast experience of different teaching methods and techniques, and I have a good understanding of how lessons can be adapted to suit the individual needs of the student.

I have played in a number of bands over the years. In 2010, I placed second in the Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival mandolin contest in Wyoming.


Here’s me playing all the parts on Hunting The Buffalo.

Free mini-lessons

I add mini-lessons to my blog on a regular basis. These include tab, notation and recordings of some of my favourite tunes, and will give you a taste of the kind of teaching I do in my in-person lessons.

Get in touch

If you want to book a lesson or ask any questions, please feel free to send me a message! You can also like me on Facebook.