Today, we’re introducing you to one of our fantastic Strings Club Course Leaders – Jonas Aaron!
In this interview, we talk to Jonas who’s had over 20 years of experience, learning several stringed instruments, playing in various bands and even composing music for theatre – He is one of our ukulele & guitar course leaders over at our Birmingham sites.
Jonas talks us through his time with us at The Strings Club and what he loves most about working with our children.
Where did you study music?
Dartington College of Art
Tell us about your musical experience?
I have over 20 years experience. I started violin in school when I was 9, then picked up and taught myself guitar when I was 14 by listening to my parents’ record collection. Since then, I have learnt several stringed instruments, played in various bands and composed music for theatre.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
Seeing how much the children progress even between just one lesson to the next. Seeing when something clicks for them and the joy they get when something suddenly makes sense that they didn’t know before.
Your biggest achievement / most enjoyable musical experience so far?
I quite enjoyed composing and performing with Rashdash theatre a couple of years ago. We toured our shows and even won an Edinburgh Fringe First award!
Who is your favourite musician and why?
Too many! And also quite diverse. Often I say a band called Ween. Everything they do is different. Even on one album, the songs sound memorable and eclectic. I like music that is made to be made rather than to fit a genre.
How did you start learning your instrument?
I was taught violin at school. Then, I played it in the orchestra throughout. I also taught myself guitar and bass by reading books, watching videos, jamming with records and friends, and listening to advice from people who’s opinions I valued and respected.
Top practice tip for our Strings Club children?
Break a part down into smaller sections even if it is just the transition between literally two notes. Do it super super super slow on a continuous loop as you increase the tempo slowly and steadily. It doesn’t need to reach the correct tempo that day. Tone is the most important. Speed will magically build over time if you respect this regime.