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9th – 11th July 2021
Rydal Hall, Ambleside LA22 9LX
This course is scheduled to run in person, but is subject to the Steps out of Lockdown proceeding as planned and any further mitigations that are placed upon groups meeting together indoors or by the venue. Those people who have signed up for a previous course that has been cancelled have had their bookings rolled forwards to this course, and will have first offer of the available places. Further bookings are not currently being taken, but an Interest List is being kept in case of spaces being available. Once the course is confirmed as going ahead, this list will be contacted in order and offered places. Please email Ali if you would like to be added to the Interest List for this course.
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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 between 10 and 15 people from Friday evening until 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- – 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
- – attend other fiddle workshops
- – play with a community folk music group
- – join in folk music sessions
- – receive tuition on the fiddle/violin
2 days agoJust one week to go until our May Workshops! Next Friday evening will be the Play-along session with lots of luscious harmony lines. Then on the Saturday there will be the chance to learn two great tunes; the beautifully lyrical tune, Marino Casino, by John Sheahan, and a terrific, punchy rant from the legenday Northumbrian piper, Chris Ormston, called Saint Cuthbert Crossing the Rhine.If you've been wondering about signing up to the fiddle workshops, but weren't sure about how Stewart goes about teaching a tune, you might want to check out this video tutorial on the English jig, Summer Dance, recorded last July. Stewart introduces different types of bowing patterns to try, and breaks down the tune, teaching it phrase by phrase, before adding ornamentation and lazy bows to the whole tune. Enjoy!youtu.be/dQEAhat-PlY ... See MoreSee LessStewart Hardy Music updated their cover photo.
7 days agoWe have been enjoying these weekend workshops on Zoom tremendously, and whilst we still can't run workshops in person they are a great way to continue playing and learning.Friday's evening play-along session is open to all instruments, and the notation (with harmony and chord suggestions) and audio files of the tunes will be provided in advance. 🎻🎹🎸🎷🎺🪕 (yes, transposing instruments and other clefs are welcome and will be catered for! Please get in touch early to request details)🎻 The two fiddle workshops on Sat 22nd May will each teach a tune, phrase by phrase with all the tips and techniques required to bring the tune off the page - once you know the trick to playing any awkward passages you’ll wonder what the problem ever was! The morning workshop will look at John Sheahan’s beautifully lyrical tune, Marino Casino, and in the afternoon we will explore a terrific Northumbrian rant by legendary piper Chris Ormston, Saint Cuthbert Crossing the Rhine.Notation and audio files are provided in advance and recordings of the Zoom calls will be available afterwards for participants to replay on demand. 🎧💻Full details and links for booking are here:www.stewarthardy.co.uk/may-workshops-2021/Play-along Session in Harmony: Fri 21st May, 7.00 - 9.00 pmFiddle Workshop 1: Sat 22nd May, 10.00 am - 12 noonFiddle Workshop 2: Sat 22nd May, 2.00 - 4.00 pmWorkshops are £20 each, 2 workshops for £35, or 3 for £50 ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks agoTwo years ago today our ensemble Woolsington Strings played at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering. Here's a snippet of one of the tunes, Majas Brudvals - a Swedish bridal march by Fredrik Lindh.It will be so lovely when we are allowed to get together and play some glorious fiddle harmonies once again! ... See MoreSee Less
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