About

Phil Berthoud – Devon based Musician (Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Bass guitar), Music Teacher, Composer and Author of Music Instruction books.

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Phil Berthoud is a Musician and Teacher (Fiddle, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele), Composer and Author

Born in Zimbabwe, Phil first took up the guitar aged 14, teaching himself by learning rock and pop songs. In his early 20’s, he discovered Irish traditional music and took up fiddle and mandolin. He’s played with many bands over the years in London, Brighton and Devon, and has many years’ experience teaching all age groups and standards. Phil offers one-to-one online lessons – specialities include Irish fiddle playing, folk mandolin, folk/blues/pop/rock guitar, composing and arranging for guitar.

Phil has had a number of instruction books and music collections published (mostly by American publisher Mel Bay) on fiddle, mandolin and guitar playing, which are available internationally.

As well as being known as an outstanding musician, Phil has made a name for himself as a composer, especially of string quartet music, guitar arrangements of well-known songs and beginner to advanced level pieces for students.

As a performer, Phil often plays with Freedom Fields Ceilidh Band, and currently plays in two duos with his wife, Mahrey – folk duo Rhillig and Stringing Along, a duo that performs for the elderly and those with learning difficulties. He also performs as a solo guitarist.

Products

When Two Rivers Meet by Rhillig – CD album

When Two Rivers Meet by Rhillig – CD album

£10.00
When Two Rivers Meet by Rhillig – digital album download

When Two Rivers Meet by Rhillig – digital album download

£7.50
The Thought Expressed – CD Album

The Thought Expressed – CD Album

£10.00
The Thought Expressed – digital album download

The Thought Expressed – digital album download

£7.50
In the Footsteps of the Vagabond – CD album

In the Footsteps of the Vagabond – CD album

£10.00
In The Footsteps of the Vagabond – digital album download

In The Footsteps of the Vagabond – digital album download

£7.50
Traditional Music of the British Isles for Electric Guitar

Traditional Music of the British Isles for Electric Guitar

£14.99
101 Tips for Guitar

101 Tips for Guitar

£8.99
101 Tips for Fiddle

101 Tips for Fiddle

£9.99
101 Tips for Mandolin

101 Tips for Mandolin

£12.99
International Fiddle Method

International Fiddle Method

£19.99
International Mandolin Method

International Mandolin Method

£19.99
World Music for Flatpicking Guitar Made Easy

World Music for Flatpicking Guitar Made Easy

£14.99
World Music for Mandolin Made Easy

World Music for Mandolin Made Easy

£14.99
World Music for Fiddle Made Easy

World Music for Fiddle Made Easy

£14.99

Latest Articles

Phil Berthoud – Solo Acoustic Guitarist – based in Devon

South Devon Solo Acoustic Guitarist Phil Berthoud - available for bookings - read more about Phil here

Irish Jigs – Reverse Bowing

Free up your Irish jigs with reverse bowing. Energise your playing and breathe new life into tunes that seem to have gone past their best before date!

Movable Chord Shapes for Guitarists – A shape

Tired of playing the same old chords over and over again? Get acquainted with movable chord shapes to open up new possibilities for your playing.

What Key is that Tune? Tunes that Change Key

Learn about the keys of folk tunes - looking here at a few tunes that change key midway through (or appear to)

John Bradburne album – In the Footsteps of the Vagabond

John Bradburne is the inspiration for this album of traditional music from Cumbria, Devon and Norfolk by John's Godson Phil Berthoud.