A best-selling author and in-demand string tutor, Tim Kliphuis brings the tradition of improvisation back into the classical world, with a current-day twist. Techniques from gypsy jazz, Nordic and Celtic folk and African-based styles such as kwela, blues and funk are used to free up the players, improve their sound palette and rhythmic pulse.


Teaching materials

Tim is the author of best-selling books “Gypsy Jazz Violin” and “Grappelli Licks” and the DVD series “Hot Jazz Violin”. To order these and other physical products, please go to:

His newest book, “Improvisation for Strings”, written for classical players, is a complete introduction to different styles of rhythm music. From the pentatonic scale, ostinato, ghost notes, modal playing, leading notes and the chop, it gives a host of practical exercises supported by online sound and video. Order it on this website.

A brand new education series “In The Style Of Tim Kliphuis” was recorded in Canada. It showcases how Tim learned jazz improvisation and features techniques from the different musical worlds he moves in. Download these new, in-depth videos at DC Music School.







Amsterdam Conservatoire


Follow Tim’s improvisation classes (BA and MA) at the Amsterdam Conservatoire’s Classical String department. Candidates audition for the classical department. To apply, send your CV and any questions to:


Private Lessons


In certain cases, it is possible to have lessons over Skype or a private masterclass in The Netherlands. Please send an email with your improvisation background:

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Tim’s annual summer school draws students from over 25 countries who work on gypsy and string jazz for four days. Tutors are the world’s top players on violin, guitar and double bass.
Sign up and info here:




From Tokyo to San Francisco, St Petersburg to Cape Town, Tim has hosted workshops at festivals, competitions and conservatoires. Whether Gypsy Jazz and the music of Stéphane Grappelli or general improvisation and teachers’ tips, the workshop is tailored to fit your group. Please get in touch with your workshop request: