Book Kora lessons with professional teacher Josh Doughty.
Hello! My name is Jack and I am a professional kora tutor located in Bristol.
I believe that more people should know about this wonderful instrument which is why I am offering my tutoring skills.
I like to maintain a high level of tuition for all of my students whilst keeping my lessons enjoyable.
I have experience in teaching all ages but I would recommend starting no younger than age 7.
I teach a wide variety of styles and techniques. Make sure and let me know if there is a direction you want to learn in.
I also offer mobile lessons where you can learn from the comfort of your own home.
I currently offer my tuition in hour-long sessions. I believe a lesson once per week is the key to great progress.
During a lesson we will work on everything from song work to theory & technique. I will build each lesson around your own personal interests.
'Josh has an excellent teaching method, progressive, rigourous and always smiling.'
'...Josh and his team have some great techniques to help you learn some of the basics and they are all great fun, patient, passionate about what they do and extremely talented...'
I began playing the kora (a West African 21-stringed harp) when I was eight years old. First learning from my father, Adam Doughty, I then soon developed a fascination for the instrument and would practice for hours on end, rewinding and replaying cassette tapes of kora masters and figuring out how to play along.
As a teenager, my talent was spotted by Malian kora legend Toumani Diabate, who invited me to visit him in Mali to deepen my learning. I made his first trip to Mali in 2007, aged 17, and since then I have made countless extended visits to Mali and the neighbouring regions, embedding himself in the culture and traditions of West Africa. In this time, Toumani has become my teacher, mentor and friend.
Over the past decade, I have collaborated with a number of leading musicians from Africa and Europe, including Sampha on his Mercury Prize-winning album, Process. I have played at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, St James’ Palace, the renowned Le Diplomate club in Mali and several UK festivals including WOMAD, Tribe of Doris, Tropical Pressure and Shambala. Winner of the World music category at the Welsh International Harp Festival in 2018, Josh also has been featured in Songlines Magazine and has delivered a TEDx talk on my life and my music.
As well as teaching private students, I run a regular workshop at Basel Music Academy in Switzerland and residential workshops in the UK as part of his co-founded venture, Korason Workshops. I also work with Live Music Now, providing music therapy to people in hospitals, care homes, hospices and special schools.
I currently take the majority of my lessons from my home teaching space in the BS3 1PB area of Bristol.
I believe this is a great place to learn because you can really feel comfortable and be yourself whilst learning to play. My place is well connected via transport links all over the city.
My full address will be disclosed upon booking your first lesson.
I also offer mobile lessons if you wish to learn from your own home. For more information, please send me an email.
Music Shops in Bristol:
Bristol has a great range of music shops on offer in the city. Here are some of the best examples.
PMT Bristol is a UK wide chain of stores that seem to have never-ending amounts of equipment. Here you can find everything from percussion to guitar to world instruments. If you have something in mind, they can order it for you. The Store is located at 5 Rupert Street, Bristol, BS1 2PY.
Hobgoblin Bristol can be found at 36 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5JG is fantastic for folk instruments - including acoustic guitars, mandolins and banjos. If folk music is your thing then don't miss this place. They also have a great range of sheet music available.
Mickleburgh Musical Instruments is a locally owned music store where you can find anything you might need. This place is particularly great for beginners looking for their first instrument. The Shop is based at 1-9 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3PL.
Music Courses in Bristol:
For those wanting to take education to the next level, These further educational options could be the best option for you.
Probably the most well known would be the music industry courses at BIMM Bristol. This is a world-renowned school that will help prepare you in every way for a career in the music industry, from law to musical performance, they will have you covered.
Another great course that is available in the area would be the BSc (Hons) in Audio Music & Technology at The University of the West of England. This is a great course for all those future studio owners/engineers. The course is focussed on music technology and recording using pro tools.
The University of Bristol also has a world-leading Music Department, offering both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in music. This is a great option for anyone who has a love for any genre of music and wishes to gain a degree in music & further their career.
Get in touch today & get ready to dive into the world of Kora.