Gordon McLeod
Garland, TX
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Gordon McLeod

Gordon M.

Garland, TX
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I specialize in helping students learn practice and listening techniques that will allow you to make faster more efficient progress as well as increase your understanding of music and how you best learn to play. I teach many fiddle styles including Irish, Gypsy Jazz Old Time and Bluegrass. I specialize in Irish fiddle, which I have been playing and teaching for 25 years. I have studied in Ireland with numerous masters of the Irish fiddle such as Kevin Burke, Tommy Peoples , Martin Hayes, Matt Cranitch, Oisin Mac Diarmada and many others. I am founding member of the band Beyond The Pale and have taught at numerous camps and festivals including The O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat.
I also specialize in “Gypsy Jazz” or “ Hot Club of Paris” style jazz fiddle in the style of Stephane Grapelli and played for many years in the very popular Dallas based band The Texas Gypsies.

About Gordon M.

I love music and have been playing music since I was a small child. And I love helping to spread the joy of music by teaching. I have been teaching fiddle for over 20 years. I specialize in teaching fiddle and especially Irish fiddle, but I also teach many other fiddle styles including Gypsy Jazz , Old Time and bluegrass as well as guitar. I first learned to play the violin and guitar when I was about 10 years old and also studied clarinet and bassoon. I really enjoy helping others learn to play and enjoy music. Whether you are young or old, you can learn to play and improve your skills and expand your musical horizons.
I specialize in helping students learn practice and listening techniques that will allow you to make faster more efficient progress as well as increase your understanding of music and how you best learn to play. To help you stay motivated , I will provide weekly assignments as well as custom recordings and music or tablature of your assigned pieces so that you can learn to learn by ear while also having a visual reference.
In addition to being a fiddler I play the guitar, piano, bass, wind instruments and many kinds of both fretted and bowed string instruments.. My musical interests are far ranging and include everything from traditional Irish music to classical, jazz, American folk and popular styles. I have found that by learning to play many instruments and styles has enriched my understanding of music and that each thing I learn informs me about many other areas. I try to bring this broad understanding to my teaching and to give the student the benefit of this broad perspective.
My interest in traditional Irish fiddling began about thirty years ago and I have visited Ireland over 20 times to study with many of the masters of Irish fiddling.
I have been playing professionally for over 40 years and have founded several successful bands including the popular Celtic band Beyond The Pale, The Aisling String Trio, and the Americana duo, McLeod Nine and played fiddle in the popular Gypsy Jazz group The Texas Gypsies. I am also a recording engineer and specialize in recording acoustic music of all kinds.

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Blaine
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I was fortunate enough to attend many years of the O'Flaherty's Irish Music Retreats, and also fortunate to have been able to take under Gordon a couple of those years. He made learning fun, emphasized learning by ear and developing muscle memory, and is also a kind hearted, warm person whom will leave more of an impression than just some knowledge. I would definitely recommend Gordon for those seeking to begin their musical journeys!

Posted Feb 8, 2021
Laura
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"Mom, I don't want to study violin anymore" my young son said.-Oh no!- I was SO sad but I couldn't force him to play an instrument. And then, Hallelujah! we found Gordon. My boy began to take fiddle lessons with this amazing musician. And thus his very own love for the fiddle was born! He still plays. He is now 28. I can't thank you enough Gordon, for your life long musical influence on my son.

Posted Jan 5, 2021
Betsy
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I have played in a band with Gordon for 19 years and he is an amazing musician, composer, arranger, engineer, and producer. Additionally, I benefitted from his teachings and I have observed his fiddle teaching sessions with other students. Gordon is great with children and adults and any student will become a better musician because of Gordon’s teachings. I know I have.

Posted Jan 3, 2021
Loretta
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I have known and worked in the studio with Gordon for over 10 years. He has produced many of my recordings and played multiple instruments wonderfully on those recordings. Though I haven't taken lessons from Gordon he has taught me many things during our recording sessions. Gordon is one of the best fiddle/violinist players I know. He also plays, guitar, bass, mandolin and other instruments very well.
Gordon is a positive fun individual who loves his work and it shows. In my opinion he is a fantastic teacher who I highly recommend.

Posted Jan 2, 2021
Steven
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There is no one more caring, more patient, more helpful than the extremely talented Gordon. I'm older and was hesitant to jump in, but Gordon made it so easy and was so careful to move me along at just the right speed. He's got a great rapport with people, a great talent to share, and a great desire to make you get ahead. I'd recommend him to anyone.

Posted Jan 1, 2021
Ken
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Gordon is a well-respected teacher for in person and online lessons. I have known him for many years as he has taught regularly at two camps that I am associated -- the O'Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp and the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat. Besides having great skills on the instruments he plays, he is a man of good character and his friendly demeanor appeals to students young and old. I highly recommend Gordon.

Posted Jan 1, 2021
Antonio
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Gordon is the BEST fiddle teacher in town.
You’ll love taking classes with him, he’s Awesome!!!

Posted Dec 29, 2020

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Experience

Director
Jun 2008 - Present

O'Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp

The O'Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp is an annual summer camp for school age youth providing classes and workshops in traditional Irish music. I founded the camp in 2008 and have served as Director and Co-Director since its inception.

President
Mar 2005 - Jun 2012

Traditional Irish Music Education Society

I am one of the founders of The Traditional Irish Music Education Society which is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the teaching of traditional Irish music. TIMES produces The O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, one of the premier traditional Irish Music Education camps in the world. I have been a fiddle instructor at The O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat many times . I also founded and am Director of the O'Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp, a summer camp for school age youth providing classes and workshops in traditional Irish music

Education

BLAS Summer School of Irish music
Jun 2000 - Jul 2000

University of limerick ( Ireland)

Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering
Aug 1972 - Dec 1975

New Mexico State University

Associate of Arts
Sep 1969 - May 1971

Florida College

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Mar 2009
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Aug 1996
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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