Joel Laviolette is creating mbira and matepe lessons!
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THANK YOU for making your way to the mbira 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 lessons are generally split up so that Joel alternates between Nyamaropa tuning and Mavembe tuning mbiras.  We also have fun teaching the theory and concepts behind the music, Shona language and singing, Zimbabwean style guitar, matepe, hosho, marimba, and other instruments!

In Depth Teaching - This community is NOT simply about showing you notes to play. I 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, guitar, marimba, hosho, studio musings, video field recordings from Zimbabwe, and more.

Mbira Radio listeners! If you are here because of mbira radio-thank you for stopping by! Your support on this page helps keep Mbira Radio alive!  You can listen to mbira radio at MbiraRadio.com or subscribe on your favorite podcast app. 

Thanks to you we have a growing global community of over 70 Patrons and we have shared well over 300 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, Shumba, Mbirimo, and many more!

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, Marume, 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.

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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 Me
I'm Joel Laviolette, and my mbira journey began over 28 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.  If you want to know more about me, you can visit my personal website at https://joellaviolette.com.  

With love and gratitude,
Joel
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

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

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

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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Thank you so much for your support! Help us reach 100 patrons so that this will be a sustainable community space!  
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THANK YOU for making your way to the mbira 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 lessons are generally split up so that Joel alternates between Nyamaropa tuning and Mavembe tuning mbiras.  We also have fun teaching the theory and concepts behind the music, Shona language and singing, Zimbabwean style guitar, matepe, hosho, marimba, and other instruments!

In Depth Teaching - This community is NOT simply about showing you notes to play. I 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, guitar, marimba, hosho, studio musings, video field recordings from Zimbabwe, and more.

Mbira Radio listeners! If you are here because of mbira radio-thank you for stopping by! Your support on this page helps keep Mbira Radio alive!  You can listen to mbira radio at MbiraRadio.com or subscribe on your favorite podcast app. 

Thanks to you we have a growing global community of over 70 Patrons and we have shared well over 300 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, Shumba, Mbirimo, and many more!

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, Marume, 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.

----

Are you a new patron here? 


Watch this video to see how to quickly navigate through the lessons:

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About Me
I'm Joel Laviolette, and my mbira journey began over 28 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.  If you want to know more about me, you can visit my personal website at https://joellaviolette.com.  

With love and gratitude,
Joel

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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

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

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

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!