Summer Dance – video tutorial

If you have been thinking about signing up for the live Zoom fiddle workshops this month, but weren’t sure about how Stewart goes about teaching tune, you might want to check out this video tutorial recorded last July. It’s a lovely, bouncy English jig, and Stewart introduces different types of bowing patterns with short exercises…


May Workshops 2021

The weekend workshops that have been running every couple of months or so have been very enjoyable, and as we can’t quite run workshops in person yet 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…


March Workshops

It’s March already! More workshops are on their way – a lovely relaxed and steady session on Fri 26th Mar in the evening, with notation provided (including harmonies and chord suggestions) and suitable for all instruments.Then two fiddle workshops on Sat 27th Mar will be aimed at slightly different ability levels, but both looking at…


January 2021 Workshops

And there’s more! To brighten up the winter months during lockdown and with all that’s going on in the world, here is another set of workshops. Join me on the Friday evening, 29th January, for a Play-along Session with loads of harmonies provided, and for two Fiddle Workshops on Saturday 30th Jan. These workshops are…


December Workshops

The autumn has flown by and as we head towards a further lockdown I thought it would be nice to have some more workshops to look forward to. The feedback from the October workshops was very positive, and so we will repeat the format, with a Play-along Session in Harmony on the Friday evening, and…


October Workshops

As we are unable to run our lovely residential weekends at the moment, I thought a few workshops might be welcomed! It will certainly be lovely to see some happy faces taking part on Zoom! The Friday evening Play-along session on 2nd October is open to all instruments. I’ll play the tune through your headphones,…


July Fiddle Workshops

I am excited to annouce that there will be three online Fiddle Workshops on 25th and 26th July, open to all intermediate & advanced fiddle players. Drawing on what we have learned in various group workshops during lockdown these workshops will be held on Zoom, focusing on three fabulous tunes associated with the North East….


Virtual Summer School with NEFS

North East Fiddle School is hosting an online Summer School in August with some wonderful guest tutors. There will be guided fiddle practices, live workshops, exclusive video tutorials, Q&A panels, a play-along session led by the tutors and a Summer School Tutors’ Concert. Melissa Whitehead and I are joined by Sophy Ball, Kevin Lees, Grace…


Virtual NEFS!

North East Fiddle School is online! We are running our first block of virtual classes, using pdfs of worksheets, audio files of studio recordings of the tunes at different speeds, and video tutorials on YouTube for interactive technical practice sessions and for teaching the tunes with bowing and ornamentation. We are also running Fiddle Technique…


Interesting times

Well, it’s the morning after the PM’s address to the nation advising against unnecessary contact and travel, staying away from pubs and theatres and working from home wherever possible. Quite where that leaves us is difficult to say. Schools are still open for now so does that mean educational activity is still encouraged? Probably not,…