Jan
29
Sat
January Workshops 2022: Fiddle Workshop 1 @ Online - on Zoom
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

January Workshops 2022
Fiddle Workshop 1

Zoom Workshop
Saturday 29th Jan: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Competent Beginner to Upper Intermediate level
Parnell’s March
– a Northumbrian version of a lovely Irish tune which was popularised in the North East of England by ’The Shepherds’ (Willie Taylor, Will Atkinson and Joe Hutton). This gives us a chance to look at some articulation and bowing techniques used in the playing of jigs in the Northumbrian tradition.

 

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

For more information, please visit the January 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.

January Workshops 2022: Fiddle Workshop 2 @ Online - on Zoom
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

January Workshops 2022
Fiddle Workshop 2

Zoom Workshop
Saturday 28th January: 14:00 – 16:00
Intermediate to Advanced level
Tich’s Reel – one of Willie Taylor’s fabulous compositions. He didn’t write many, but the ones he wrote are all good and invaluable additions to the Northumbrian fiddle repertoire.

 

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

For more information, please visit the January 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
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
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
May
28
Sat
May Workshops 2022: Fiddle Workshop 1 @ Online - on Zoom
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

May Workshops 2022
Fiddle Workshop 1

Zoom Workshop
Saturday 28th May: 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 May 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.

May Workshops 2022: Fiddle Workshop 2 @ Online - on Zoom
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

May Workshops 2022
Fiddle Workshop 2

Zoom Workshop
Saturday 28th May: 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 May 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.

Jul
8
Fri
JSArts Fiddle Foundations @ Rydal Hall
Jul 8 @ 3:00 pm – Jul 10 @ 3:00 pm
JSArts Fiddle Foundations @ Rydal Hall | Grantham | United Kingdom

Fiddle Foundations

8th – 18th July 2022
Rydal Hall, Ambleside LA22 9LX
3.00 pm start and finish time.

Join Stewart in the beautiful surroundings of Rydal Hall in the Lake District for a weekend of intensive fiddle tuition. The workshop will typically take between 10 and 15 people from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon. The residential weekend fee of £348 covers all food, tuition, daytime refreshments and two nights single occupancy accommodation, most of which is en suite.

The Fiddle Foundations workshop is a standard level technique course and is being run as an opportunity for fiddle players to look at, in some detail, the fundamental building blocks that Stewart uses to create stylistic interpretations of tunes. He will be teaching some of the basic bowing patterns that help to bring out the distinctive flavour of the most common tune forms. For the left hand, he’ll be concentrating on hand frames and melodic motifs (those note patterns that occur again and again in folk tunes), as well as an approach to ornamentation which is designed to help players access ornaments in a way that is both natural for them and appropriate for the tunes.

This course can accommodate a broad range of experience and ability, 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.

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

We would expect participants 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
Jul
23
Sat
July Workshops 2022: Fiddle Workshop 1 @ Online - on Zoom
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

July Workshops 2022
Fiddle Workshop 1

Zoom Workshop
Saturday 23rd July: 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 July 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.

July Workshops 2022: Fiddle Workshop 2 @ Online - on Zoom
Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

July Workshops 2022
Fiddle Workshop 2

Zoom Workshop
Saturday 23rd July: 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 July 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.