Joel Laviolette is creating mbira and matepe lessons!
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THANK YOU for making your way to our Patreon page! Whether you're an experienced mbira player or are just now discovering the beautiful complexities of this incredible music, you're in the right place.  The weekly lessons are generally split up so that Joel offers a Nyamaropa tuned mbira lesson and a mavembe tuned mbira lesson every week.  We also have fun teaching the theory and concepts behind the music, Shona language and singing, Zimbabwean style guitar, matepe, and sharing Joel's electronic music and DIY creations.  

In Depth Teaching - This community is NOT simply about showing you notes to play. I (Joel) do my best to show you the reasons for playing certain variations and I guide you through the building of those variations from the ground up. This community is about going deep in to this music and really exploring the "why" for a lot of the variations around this music.

Context is everything-especially in mbira music. In these videos we also look at mbira singing, Shona language, matepe, Sungura guitar, studio musings, video field recordings from Zimbabwe, and more.

Joel generally does a weekly live video (gigging schedule permitting) where he connects with this growing community, answer questions, and talk about what he will be teaching for the following week. These videos are public and will give you a sense of what will be offered in the classes-scroll down to see these live videos.

Thanks to you we have a growing global community of over 60 Patrons and we have shared well over 200 videos!
Here are only a few of the videos that become instantly available when you join:

Introduction to Mbira with Nhemamusasa - This is a 23 video course (3 hours of content!) on the song Nhemamusasa. It starts you right at the beginning, teaching you how to pick up your mbira and progresses all the way through learning the basic kushaura mbira part, several variations, and a high line. 

A sampling of some of the other songs we are going deep in to - Muchanwa Muteyo, Kariga Mombe, Mbavarira, Nyamamusango, Vari Mugomba, Karingezuva, Svosve Harina Munda, Mapiye Mana, Bangidza, Marenje, Chipembere, Buka Tiende, Kuenda Mbire, and the beautiful "song with no name".

Shona Guitar - Joel's first instrument was guitar. He even went to college to study Jazz guitar at University of North Texas. Join him as he dives in to some of the really great Zimbabwean guitar styles.

Matepe - Intro to Matepe with Muchenjedza Mutonga, Kanotamba MuBani, matepe theory, and ongoing deeper lessons based on matepe players input.

New Music (Mbira, Electronic, Marimba & more) - Joel is a working musician in Austin, TX with several bands and projects that excite him. He regularly shares new or unreleased songs here before releasing them on Itunes, Amazon, etc. As a patron you get to hear the new songs first as a bonus perk, and get access to a lot of his process behind-the-scenes as he is making music.

Ideas that are Brewing - We are creating a beginning matepe course. Joel is also in the process of building a chromatic marimba so he can begin offering marimba lessons here (coming....some day!!).  There are other things in the works as well-including lessons on the 19 key 'Dandaranyika' kalimba that Matemai and Joel co-developed.

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Are you a new patron here? 
Watch this video to see how to quickly navigate through the lessons!

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About Us
I'm Joel, and my mbira journey began over 25 years ago at a hot springs in New Mexico, USA. From that moment, I've dedicated my life to learning the music of the Shona people. I moved to Zimbabwe, studied the language, and respectfully asked my two main teachers, Newton Gwara (Matemai) and Sekuru Chaka Chawasarira to accept me as their student.

Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to deepen my knowledge of the music, build lasting relationships with Zimbabwean teachers and instrument builders (let us know if you're interested in purchasing an instrument), and to start the Rattletree School of Marimba with my wife, Rakefet, in Austin, TX.
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Hey folks - Rakefet here, otherwise known as the woman behind the camera. This music found me in 2012 when I met Joel, and completely changed my life. It has become my community and my inspiration for living a full and whole-hearted life.

It is our sole purpose in life to teach this music. This Patreon community is an incredible way to share the mbira experience with people like you across the globe.

We are so fortunate to have a world-wide mbira family! People who are willing to help fortify us and be a part of who we are and what we do. Your support means the world to us! We have ideas for video lessons that will help you go deeper in the music, no matter what your level of experience. Above all, this community is a space for conversation and connection. We want to hear what interests you, so we can continue to create lessons that speak to you.

Thanks again for taking the time to learn about our mbira community here on Patreon. We hope that you'll decide to join us.

Love & Gratitude,
Joel & Rakefet Laviolette


Tiers
Love
$5 or more per month
Pay what you can, and know that every contribution helps keep this community alive.  No matter what you're able to contribute - we'll give our all.  Thank you for your support!
Gratitude
$10 or more per month
Pay what you can, and know that every contribution helps keep this community alive.  No matter what you're able to contribute - we'll give our all.  Thank you for your support!
Joy
$20 or more per month
At the $20 level and above, you get access to our monthly mbira audio loops so you can practice your parts and gradually increasing tempos!

Pay what you can, and know that every contribution helps keep this community alive.  No matter what you're able to contribute - we'll give our all.  Thank you for your support!
Harmony
$50 or more per month
Along with everything else, You get access to our monthly mbira audio loops so you can practice your parts and gradually increasing tempos! 


Pay what you can, and know that every contribution helps keep this community alive.  No matter what you're able to contribute - we'll give our all.  Thank you for your support!

Happiness
$100 or more per month
Along with everything else, You get access to our monthly mbira audio loops so you can practice your parts and gradually increasing tempos! 


Pay what you can, and know that every contribution helps keep this community alive.  No matter what you're able to contribute - we'll give our all.  Thank you for your support!

Goals
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Y'all are amazing! Let's keep growing this community and spreading mbira music. Help us reach 70 patrons!
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THANK YOU for making your way to our Patreon page! Whether you're an experienced mbira player or are just now discovering the beautiful complexities of this incredible music, you're in the right place.  The weekly lessons are generally split up so that Joel offers a Nyamaropa tuned mbira lesson and a mavembe tuned mbira lesson every week.  We also have fun teaching the theory and concepts behind the music, Shona language and singing, Zimbabwean style guitar, matepe, and sharing Joel's electronic music and DIY creations.  

In Depth Teaching - This community is NOT simply about showing you notes to play. I (Joel) do my best to show you the reasons for playing certain variations and I guide you through the building of those variations from the ground up. This community is about going deep in to this music and really exploring the "why" for a lot of the variations around this music.

Context is everything-especially in mbira music. In these videos we also look at mbira singing, Shona language, matepe, Sungura guitar, studio musings, video field recordings from Zimbabwe, and more.

Joel generally does a weekly live video (gigging schedule permitting) where he connects with this growing community, answer questions, and talk about what he will be teaching for the following week. These videos are public and will give you a sense of what will be offered in the classes-scroll down to see these live videos.

Thanks to you we have a growing global community of over 60 Patrons and we have shared well over 200 videos!
Here are only a few of the videos that become instantly available when you join:

Introduction to Mbira with Nhemamusasa - This is a 23 video course (3 hours of content!) on the song Nhemamusasa. It starts you right at the beginning, teaching you how to pick up your mbira and progresses all the way through learning the basic kushaura mbira part, several variations, and a high line. 

A sampling of some of the other songs we are going deep in to - Muchanwa Muteyo, Kariga Mombe, Mbavarira, Nyamamusango, Vari Mugomba, Karingezuva, Svosve Harina Munda, Mapiye Mana, Bangidza, Marenje, Chipembere, Buka Tiende, Kuenda Mbire, and the beautiful "song with no name".

Shona Guitar - Joel's first instrument was guitar. He even went to college to study Jazz guitar at University of North Texas. Join him as he dives in to some of the really great Zimbabwean guitar styles.

Matepe - Intro to Matepe with Muchenjedza Mutonga, Kanotamba MuBani, matepe theory, and ongoing deeper lessons based on matepe players input.

New Music (Mbira, Electronic, Marimba & more) - Joel is a working musician in Austin, TX with several bands and projects that excite him. He regularly shares new or unreleased songs here before releasing them on Itunes, Amazon, etc. As a patron you get to hear the new songs first as a bonus perk, and get access to a lot of his process behind-the-scenes as he is making music.

Ideas that are Brewing - We are creating a beginning matepe course. Joel is also in the process of building a chromatic marimba so he can begin offering marimba lessons here (coming....some day!!).  There are other things in the works as well-including lessons on the 19 key 'Dandaranyika' kalimba that Matemai and Joel co-developed.

----
Are you a new patron here? 
Watch this video to see how to quickly navigate through the lessons!

----
About Us
I'm Joel, and my mbira journey began over 25 years ago at a hot springs in New Mexico, USA. From that moment, I've dedicated my life to learning the music of the Shona people. I moved to Zimbabwe, studied the language, and respectfully asked my two main teachers, Newton Gwara (Matemai) and Sekuru Chaka Chawasarira to accept me as their student.

Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to deepen my knowledge of the music, build lasting relationships with Zimbabwean teachers and instrument builders (let us know if you're interested in purchasing an instrument), and to start the Rattletree School of Marimba with my wife, Rakefet, in Austin, TX.
___

Hey folks - Rakefet here, otherwise known as the woman behind the camera. This music found me in 2012 when I met Joel, and completely changed my life. It has become my community and my inspiration for living a full and whole-hearted life.

It is our sole purpose in life to teach this music. This Patreon community is an incredible way to share the mbira experience with people like you across the globe.

We are so fortunate to have a world-wide mbira family! People who are willing to help fortify us and be a part of who we are and what we do. Your support means the world to us! We have ideas for video lessons that will help you go deeper in the music, no matter what your level of experience. Above all, this community is a space for conversation and connection. We want to hear what interests you, so we can continue to create lessons that speak to you.

Thanks again for taking the time to learn about our mbira community here on Patreon. We hope that you'll decide to join us.

Love & Gratitude,
Joel & Rakefet Laviolette


Recent posts by Joel Laviolette

Tiers
Love
$5 or more per month
Pay what you can, and know that every contribution helps keep this community alive.  No matter what you're able to contribute - we'll give our all.  Thank you for your support!
Gratitude
$10 or more per month
Pay what you can, and know that every contribution helps keep this community alive.  No matter what you're able to contribute - we'll give our all.  Thank you for your support!
Joy
$20 or more per month
At the $20 level and above, you get access to our monthly mbira audio loops so you can practice your parts and gradually increasing tempos!

Pay what you can, and know that every contribution helps keep this community alive.  No matter what you're able to contribute - we'll give our all.  Thank you for your support!
Harmony
$50 or more per month
Along with everything else, You get access to our monthly mbira audio loops so you can practice your parts and gradually increasing tempos! 


Pay what you can, and know that every contribution helps keep this community alive.  No matter what you're able to contribute - we'll give our all.  Thank you for your support!

Happiness
$100 or more per month
Along with everything else, You get access to our monthly mbira audio loops so you can practice your parts and gradually increasing tempos! 


Pay what you can, and know that every contribution helps keep this community alive.  No matter what you're able to contribute - we'll give our all.  Thank you for your support!