Mar
5
Sat
NEFS 2022 Block 2 – In-person Workshop @ Wylam Methodist Church
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

North East Fiddle School returns with a new block of fully online materials, plus a single day workshop in-person.

The in-person Workshop Day on Saturday 5th March will run from 10:00 until 17:00 at Wylam Methodist Church. There will be three workshops run by Stewart and Melissa, with a session to finish the afternoon.

Check out the NEFS website for full details, see which tunes are being taught this block by myself and Melissa Whitehead, and you can book online through the website:  http://www.northeastfiddleschool.org.uk/

Mar
9
Wed
NEFS 2022 Block 2 – Online @ Videos & Zoom
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

North East Fiddle School returns with another block of fully online materials, plus a single day workshop in-person.

Technique and tunes are taught through Video Tutorials which are added to weekly and can be accessed indefinitely after that so you can work at your own pace.

For those who enjoy the live engagement, there are weekly Fiddle Practice sessions and tunes taught live on Zoom each Wednesday evening for the five weeks of the block. These are great fun, and a good way to keep up with playing your fiddle regularly, whilst improving your technique and learning some core repertoire tunes.

There is a full day’s workshop on Saturday 5th March which is taught in person at Wylam Methodist Church and can be booked separately – a discount is applied if you book both.

Check out the NEFS website for full details, see which tunes are being taught this block by myself and Melissa Whitehead, and you can book online through the website:  http://www.northeastfiddleschool.org.uk/

Mar
16
Wed
NEFS 2022 Block 2 – Online @ Videos & Zoom
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

North East Fiddle School returns with another block of fully online materials, plus a single day workshop in-person.

Technique and tunes are taught through Video Tutorials which are added to weekly and can be accessed indefinitely after that so you can work at your own pace.

For those who enjoy the live engagement, there are weekly Fiddle Practice sessions and tunes taught live on Zoom each Wednesday evening for the five weeks of the block. These are great fun, and a good way to keep up with playing your fiddle regularly, whilst improving your technique and learning some core repertoire tunes.

There is a full day’s workshop on Saturday 5th March which is taught in person at Wylam Methodist Church and can be booked separately – a discount is applied if you book both.

Check out the NEFS website for full details, see which tunes are being taught this block by myself and Melissa Whitehead, and you can book online through the website:  http://www.northeastfiddleschool.org.uk/

Mar
18
Fri
March Workshops 2022: Play-along Session @ Online - on Zoom
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

March Workshops 2022
Play-along Session in Harmony for Mixed Instruments

This will be a Zoom call open to intermediate players (and above) of any instrument. 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 before booking.

Zoom Workshop
Friday 18th March, 19:00 – 21:00

A single March workshop is £20, attend two for £35 or all three for £50.
Bookings opening soon

For more information, please visit the March Workshops 2022 information page.

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 strong and reliable internet connection, plus headphones or an external speaker are recommended. 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.

Mar
19
Sat
March Workshops 2022: Fiddle Workshop 1 @ Online - on Zoom
Mar 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

March Workshops 2022
Fiddle Workshop 1

Zoom Workshop
Saturday 29th Jan: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Competent Beginner to Upper Intermediate level

 

A single workshop is £20, attend two for £35 or all three for £50.
Bookings opening soon

For more information, please visit the March Workshops 2022 information page.

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 strong and reliable internet connection, plus headphones or an external speaker are recommended.

March Workshops 2022: Fiddle Workshop 2 @ Online - on Zoom
Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

March Workshops 2022
Fiddle Workshop 2

Zoom Workshop
Saturday 19th March: 14:00 – 16:00
Intermediate to Advanced level

 

A single workshop is £20, attend two for £35 or all three for £50.
Bookings opening soon

For more information, please visit the March Workshops 2022 information page.

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 strong and reliable internet connection, plus headphones or an external speaker are recommended.

Mar
23
Wed
NEFS 2022 Block 2 – Online @ Videos & Zoom
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

North East Fiddle School returns with another block of fully online materials, plus a single day workshop in-person.

Technique and tunes are taught through Video Tutorials which are added to weekly and can be accessed indefinitely after that so you can work at your own pace.

For those who enjoy the live engagement, there are weekly Fiddle Practice sessions and tunes taught live on Zoom each Wednesday evening for the five weeks of the block. These are great fun, and a good way to keep up with playing your fiddle regularly, whilst improving your technique and learning some core repertoire tunes.

There is a full day’s workshop on Saturday 5th March which is taught in person at Wylam Methodist Church and can be booked separately – a discount is applied if you book both.

Check out the NEFS website for full details, see which tunes are being taught this block by myself and Melissa Whitehead, and you can book online through the website:  http://www.northeastfiddleschool.org.uk/

Mar
25
Fri
Fiddle Technique @ Rydal Hall
Mar 25 – Mar 27 all-day
Fiddle Technique @ Rydal Hall | Grantham | United Kingdom

Fiddle Technique

25th – 27th March 2022
Rydal Hall, Ambleside LA22 9LX

There is just one place left on this course, so please get in touch if you are interested.

Join Stewart in the beautiful setting of Rydal Hall in the Lake District, for a weekend of intensive fiddle tuition. The workshop will typically take a maxiumum of 14 participants and will run from 3 pm on Friday until 3 pm on Sunday afternoon.This course can accommodate a broad range of experience and ability, ranging from competent beginner to upper intermediate, but is not suitable for absolute or early beginners. All tuition, resources, accommodation, food and daytime refreshments are included. Sheet music and mp3 files of the tunes covered are sent out in advance, and recordings of exercises from the course are sent on to you afterwards.

These courses are centred around the technical issues that come with playing fiddle music, with as much emphasis on the how as there is on the what. Focusing on left-hand and bowing technique, with stylistic interpretation of the music a key feature, these workshops delve deep into the tunes, extracting exercises to improve technique and allow its application to a wider repertoire. Tunes are carefully selected for their technical or stylistic content whilst also baring in mind practical considerations such as their usefulness in folk music sessions or as dance repertoire. The tunes are taught ‘as if by ear’, meaning they are taught phrase by phrase at a tempo and with sufficient repetition to enable learning without recourse to reading notation, but with notation available at any point should that be desired or necessary. This encourages the development of aural pattern recognition and general musicality, enhancing musicianship and the enjoyment of playing music in social settings.

For further information or to express your interest in this course, please email Ali (jsarts@stewarthardy.co.uk)

 

**Covid-19 Update

This course will be run in accordance to our Covid-secure Music Workshop Guidelines, and is subject to any restrictions applicable at the time, and any coronavirus protocols from the venue.

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Standard Level courses are aimed at fiddle players with a broad range of experience and ability, from competent beginner to upper intermediate, but please note they are not suitable for absolute or early beginners. We would expect players to have most of the following skills:
  • – playing simple dance tunes at steady to mid tempo (e.g. reels and jigs at 50-80 beats per minute)
  • – able to clap in time to a tune
  • – have basic control of the bow on the string
  • – able to slur notes together
  • – comfortable in the keys of G,D and A major and familiar with their note names
  • – familiarity with C major
  • – able to play basic scales without notation
  • – able to play at least 2 tunes without notation
In addition fiddlers who attend these courses often have some of the following experience:
  • – attend other fiddle workshops
  • – play with a community folk music group
  • – join in folk music sessions
  • – receive tuition on the fiddle/violin
Mar
30
Wed
NEFS 2022 Block 2 – Online @ Videos & Zoom
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

North East Fiddle School returns with another block of fully online materials, plus a single day workshop in-person.

Technique and tunes are taught through Video Tutorials which are added to weekly and can be accessed indefinitely after that so you can work at your own pace.

For those who enjoy the live engagement, there are weekly Fiddle Practice sessions and tunes taught live on Zoom each Wednesday evening for the five weeks of the block. These are great fun, and a good way to keep up with playing your fiddle regularly, whilst improving your technique and learning some core repertoire tunes.

There is a full day’s workshop on Saturday 5th March which is taught in person at Wylam Methodist Church and can be booked separately – a discount is applied if you book both.

Check out the NEFS website for full details, see which tunes are being taught this block by myself and Melissa Whitehead, and you can book online through the website:  http://www.northeastfiddleschool.org.uk/

Apr
6
Wed
NEFS 2022 Block 2 – Social @ Zoom
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

North East Fiddle School returns with another block of fully online materials, plus a single day workshop in-person.

To round off Block 2, there will be a social evening on Zoom in which we will play through the video tutorial tunes taught this block, as well as many of our favourites from our Live Tunes repertoire. The event is included in the price of the Online Block or the In-person Workshop, and will be a lovely way to finish up the block.

Check out the NEFS website for full details, and you can book online through the website:  http://www.northeastfiddleschool.org.uk/