Live workshops on Zoom with notation and/or audio files provided.
All workshops are £20, attend any two for £35, or all three for £50.
You can book your place by purchasing the workshops from the Shop and the discount will be applied in your basket. If you have any questions, or are unsure as to which workshops are suitable for you, please get in touch using the Contact Form.

Friday 4th December, 7.00 – 9.00 pm
Play-along Session in Harmony for Mixed Instruments
This will be a Zoom call open to intermediate players (and above) of any instrument and there might even be a mid-winter and seasonal slant on the material choice! Notation will be provided in advance for all the tunes, together with suggestions for basic chords and a harmony line but feel free to join in by ear! You can play the tune along with Stewart, play an accompaniment with a bass line, chords or a harmony (your own or follow the suggestions) or enjoy playing the tune whilst Stewart plays a harmony. If you wish to join in on an instrument with a different range from the fiddle, or with specfic key requirements, please get in touch.

Saturday 5th December, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Fiddle Workshop 1
Competent Beginners to Upper Intermediates
This workshop will provide a warm-up, technical session and will teach a tune by ear, phrase by phrase. For this workshop, the tune under consideration will be an absolute beauty from the 1651 first edition of Playford’s Dancing Master, Saint Martin’s. This is a great tune for looking at rhythmic and melodic motifs and also lends itself to learning in more than one key. Full worksheets will be provided, with the tune, bowing and ornamentation, along with audio files of the tune, in advance. A recording of the live call will be available for those who experience technical difficulties, or who find themselves unable to attend the live Zoom call.

Saturday 5th December, 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Fiddle Workshop 2
Intermediate to Advanced Players
As above, except aimed at intermediate to advanced players. The techniques and tune covered will be slightly more challenging giving you further ways to develop your playing. In this workshop there will be a chance to look at one of Stewart’s favourite tunes composed by the great Northumbrian fiddle player, Willy Miller. Dunstanburgh Castle is a superb, joyful rant in the key of A major that is still much used by bands in the North.

Notation is provided, but the tunes will be taught ‘as if by ear’, making sure there is enough break down and repetition of phrases to build the tune up confidently.

The workshops will include regular short breaks to stretch the legs, and rest the ears and eyes. Months of running workshops on Zoom has provided us with enough insight to create a good online learning experience during lockdown.

If you haven’t attended a music workshop on Zoom before, here is a page of Zoom Workshop Tips to get the most out of your experience. A reliable internet connection, plus headphones or an external speaker are strongly recommended.


Ability Level Guide:

Competent Beginners
You will be familiar with the basics of the instrument – how to hold the violin and the bow. You will have some rudimentary reading and/or aural skills, be familiar with open strings and the basic finger positions to produce a one octave scale of G, D and A major as well as a two octave scale of G major. You may not have an in depth knowledge of fiddle music, but will aspire to acquire the core beginner folk repertoire.

Lower Intermediates
You will be familiar with basic tune forms (waltzes, jigs, hornpipes, polkas and reels) and will already be able to play simple tunes at a steady tempo in these different styles. Tunes will generally be in keys with signatures of no flats/sharps, 1 sharp or 2 sharps. You might be developing an interest in bowing styles and interpretation of the repertoire.

Upper Intermediates
These workshops are aimed at proficient fiddle players who are comfortable with playing tunes in the common dance forms. You will be aware of ornamentation and bowing patterns and aspire to incorporate them more fully into your playing. Repertoire will include tunes in keys with signatures between one flat and 3 sharps.

Advanced Players
These workshops are aimed at those who are familiar with tunes from a wide range of dance forms, including some from outside of the British Isles, and who are able to play them at dance tempo. You will be comfortable in keys of 2 flats to 3 sharps, and familiar with 3 flats and 4 sharps. You will be aware of bowing patterns appropriate to different grooves and able to work comfortably either from notation or by ear, and be able to manage in the other medium.