Adult Classes

Fun Fiddle adult classes

Our next term of adult fiddle classes will run from 16th January 2020 for a ten week term. If you’d like to  be kept in touch please add your name to our mailing list.

January – March classes will be offered at three levels: Improving Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Cost

£120 for a ten week block. (£100 concession if you are a student, unemployed, or in receipt of a state pension only) for 10 week term. This is payable before the start of term when you enrol. In cases of hardship, alternative arrangements for payment can considered on an individual basis. Online enrolment for classes starting January 16th 2020 will open soon.

Absolute Beginners Fiddle 6.45 – 8.00pm. NOT AVAILABLE NEXT TERM. Please contact us to find out about our next absolute beginners class The  absolute beginners level class is aimed at those who have never played before, or who would like a complete refresh of the basics. There’s no need to be able to read music. You will learn:

  • How to hold the instrumentFiddle and bow
  •  Basic bowing technique and bow hold.
  •  How to get a good sound
  • Play simple open strings rhythms and placing of fingers
  • To play by ear
  • Basic music theory
  • Some simple tunes

Is this class for you? Read about how to choose your level.

Improving Beginners Fiddle 8.00pm – 9.15pm with Ros Gasson.

10 week block

Fun Fddle ceilidh

This class is aimed at those who have completed the beginners level class or equivalent or have been playing for around a year. There’s no need to be able to read music as we will learn by ear in the class. We will build on technique through learning and playing of simple tunes, some of which will be from the Fun Fiddle tune book (available for £10 at classes). You will learn more about:

  • Instrument hold
  • Bowing technique and bow hold
  • How to get a good sound
  • Rhythm
  • Basic music theory
  • Some simple tunes and easy harmonies
  • Playing well together
  • Making effective us of your practice time

Is this class for you? Read about how to choose your level.

FunFiddle-20Intermediate Fiddle 6.45 – 8.00pm – Rona Wilkie

10 week block

We will work on technique, bowing patterns, and how to speed up jigs and reels. We’ll learn tunes from the Fun Fiddle Book and beyond and there will be a chance to look at any issues cropping in your playing that you would like to work on.  If you have been playing for at least two years or more, are familiar with learning by ear, or want to take stock and consolidate your playing this is the class for you. We will take a look at:

  • Tunes from Fun Fiddle book
  • Tunes in less common keys
  • 3rd position
  • Scales and arpeggios
  • Improving fiddle and bow hold and posture
  • Building on learning and playing by ear
  • Improving tone
  • Bowing techniques and phrasing
  • How to build up more speed

Is this class for you? Read about how to choose your level.

Advanced Fiddle  8.00 – 9.15pm – Rona Wilkie

10 week block

Explore bowing and technique in depth, tunes in less common key signatures, vibrato and third position. This class is aimed at those who are fluent in learning by ear, playing up to speed, confident in their playing and keen to be challenged. We will explore:

  • Less common key signatures – scales and tunes
  • Play in different positions
  • Bowing technique
  • Ornamentation and style
  • Dynamics, tone, vibrato

Is this class for you? Read about how to choose your level.

One to one tuition is sometimes available so do get in touch to find out more.

Do I need to be able to read music?

There’s NO need to be able to read music for our classes! Our fiddle classes are based on learning by ear, but sheet music is also available on our repertoire page on the website and in our Fun Fiddle tune books

Learning by ear can seem daunting to some and easy to others. The important thing to know is that it gets easier the more you try it. In Fun Fiddle classes we will teach a tune very slowly in sections, with as much repetition as required.   Once a tune has been learnt and played over, in the more advanced classes we will look at bowing and ornamentation. Classes will also include warm-ups, focus on technique, and simple exercises.

Feel free to contact us to ask any further questions

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