Show & Talent #2

10may7:30 PM8:30 PMShow & Talent #2

Event Details

Show & Talent, presented by AUSTA VIC is an opportunity to learn about Australian makers of educational resources especially made for string teachers and students. Meet the creators in this forum-style event, with a designated Q&A after each presenter.

Show & Talent #2 features the work of Lisa Wallace and her String Learning Method Workshop book series. You can find out more about Lisa’s books at her website  Charlie McCarthy will be presenting his Post Classical Violin books on improvisation:

This session will be presented online, and is FREE to attend. Booking essential to receive Zoom link.

Monday May 10, 7.30pm AEST ONLINE
  • 7.30 String Learning Method
  • 7.50 Q&A With Lisa Wallace
  • 8.00 Post Classical Violin
  • 8.30 Q&A with Charlie McCarthy


Bookings & Enquiries via Trybooking HERE


The String Learning Method Workshop books are designed for a classroom setting or for the individual student.

The Workshop series (books 1 and 2) are for the younger student or younger class. These beginner books feature SingleStringLearning, enabling students to learn each string carefully and accurately. Major and minor finger patterns are learnt right from the beginning together with note reading, bowing style, articulation and musicianship. Improvisation and Composition opportunities are provided to promote creativity and note knowledge. Step by step logical learning enables both hands to strengthen gradually. At the end of book 2, all notes in first position will be learnt together with Ensemble pieces in 3 major and 3 minor keys. Learning tools and specific information assist students to play in tune and with good bow control. This learning is enhanced with fun string characters and colour coding for all sections, assisting students to thoroughly understand the strings and notes used. Notes used for each piece are given in diagram and note form. A Practice and Sticker Chart are provided in all books.

For the older student or class, the Rapide Workshop books also feature SingleStringLearning. These books also cover note reading, bowing style, articulation and musicianship as well as Improvisation and Composition opportunities. Worksheets are provided to enhance string and note knowledge together with Ensemble pieces in major and minor keys. A Practice Chart assists students and teachers in their understanding of what has been practised.

Audio support is offered plus attractive posters to remind students of good left hand and bow hold shapes plus instrument knowledge.

The design of all books is the give string students as strong a foundation as possible, assisting them to play with strength and understanding right from the beginning of their learning.

About Lisa:

I have taught the cello for many years. My students have ranged from the very young to adults. I have taught in primary schools and secondary schools, in public and private situations. I love to arrange and compose for cello and for string ensembles and have had the great pleasure of directing many ensembles over the years. The enjoyment that comes from ensemble performances and from students proud of their efforts always gives me great pleasure.

Since commencing teaching, I have always composed and arranged my own music. Logical, progressive learning that instructs on many levels has been the motivating factor in bringing these books to fruition. Ensemble learning, fun and the desire to have beginner students knowledgeable in as many aspects as possible of string playing was the focus behind the learning in these books. To provide a solid foundation for future studies has been my aim.



The Postclassical method book is an 80 page comprehensive guide to improvising for bowed string players with a classical background. Improvisation is a process you experience, not an event to prepare for. The objective of this book is to guide string players through a structured and sequenced path to becoming a more fluent improvisor and a more effective ensemble member. You will achieve this by also expanding your role as an accompaniment instrument in an ensemble setting. This book is aimed at players who are already reasonably fluent with their instrument and musical vernacular and who can read sheet music.

Some testimonials and reviews from other improvising violinists around the world:

The Postclassical Violin book is a welcoming tome of clearly structured information, practical advice, and good humour. What a great combo!

  • Jazz violinist and composer Zach Brock

Charlie has done a fantastic job of bridging the gap between classical and post-classical styles. This book should remove a lot of the “mystery” and fear that classically trained violinists have of contemporary music. His method should feel very accessible to classical players, with sheet music transcriptions and step-by-step instructions. I especially like the staged approach where players can gain fluency a bit at a time. This book should be a staple for anyone wanting to explore jazz violin!”

  • Electric violinist and host of the Rockstar Violinist Podcast Matt Bell

This book really connects the jazz and classical violin worlds, clarifies the creative process and enables classically trained musicians to engage with music outside of the concert hall. The ten-level system is sequential, comprehensive and the concepts all have practical application in the real world.”

  • Multi-award-winning Australian violinist and composer Shenzo Gregorio

About Charlie:

Originally from Ireland, Charlie McCarthy is an Australian based violinist/fiddle player who has performed with symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz combos, bluegrass and Irish bands as well as being a session musician/soloist for movie soundtracks, pit orchestras, studio recordings and everything in between. Charlie began learning the violin when he was two years old and comes from a classical background. From an early start in the Suzuki system and humble beginnings playing viola in youth orchestras, busking and string quartet gigs at weddings he has gone on to perform as a professional orchestral musician, session recording player, live looper and sideman in folk and jazz ensembles.

Charlie has performed at most of the major music festivals and music venues in Australia with the bluegrass group The Seals, jazz quartet Belleville and presently with Hobart based ensembles The Harry Edwards Quartet and Django’s Tiger.

As an educator he has previously held the position of Head of Strings at Perth College in Western Australia and Head of Strings at St Michael’s Collegiate in Hobart. Charlie is currently a lecturer at the University of Tasmania in contemporary violin and also offers online violin lessons for players of all ages and styles. As an artist constantly developing and refining his own pedagogical philosophy his students benefit from his genuine love of music and his ability to kindle artistry as well as sequencing practical technique.

Above all, Charlie McCarthy just loves playing the fiddle and having a great time sharing the joy of music with others



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