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Attending courses is a great way to improve your playing and meet other players to exchange ideas and experiences.

You can try out new styles and even new instruments, meet new teachers and broaden your knowledge of repertoire, history and techniques.


Dave regularly runs mandolin courses for the Banjo Mandolin and Guitar Federation (BMG) for their Summer Schools and at their Biennial Rally. The Summer School weekends are run each year in wonderful locations throughout the UK for both individual and mixed instrument groups. Courses have included Baroque, Folk, String Band, Blues, Jazz and Classical.

Creative Vacances in France

This is a week long course in September in the beautiful grape growing region of central France in the picturesque village of La Moreax. If you are looking for a relaxing break in the sun with swimming pool, fantastic food and improving your mandolin playing at the same time then this is the course for you. Dave focuses on developing inventive playing using Blues, Ragtime and Folk.

Performance Confidence

This is the course for you if you find playing to audiences makes you nervous. It is ideal for learning strategies for managing your state during performances, auditions or taking exams. These courses are open to players of all instruments or anyone needing confidence in front of audiences.

Come and Play

Bristol Mandolin Ensemble is a regular fortnight session to come together with other players to make music for all abilities who have a basic grasp of reading music.

Come and Try

This is the course for you if you have never played a mandolin and would just like to have a go. No experience necessary. If you don’t live in the Bristol area and can’t find a teacher near where you live why not consider lessons via SKYPE. If you have a good internet connection SKYPE is a good option.


Latest News

  • Bristol Mandolin Ensemble at Colston Hall

    Bristol Mandolin Ensemble conducted by Knud Stuwe will be playing at Colston Hall Foyer on Saturday 17th December at 6.15 p.m. Some great tunes including Gabriel's Oboe plus duets including Villa Lobos' Bachiana No 5. A great way to rest your feet after a day of Christmas Shopping.

  • Colston Hall Cancelled

    Sorry everyone who had planned to come to this one on 26th March. The gig has been postponed by the venue pending another date.

  • New Recording

    Dave and Jim's new album "Reclaimed" is now out and available from this web site or direct from me. 17 amazing tracks of your favourite Jimbo and Griff songs and tunes.

  • Mandolin Course in France Tutor Dave Griffiths

    Mandolin Summer School 29th May - 4th June  2016 - La Moreau, France
    Mandolin and Guitar Workshop