Adult classes & groups

Adult Fiddle Classes/ Groups

The focus is on learning by ear, it doesn’t matter if you read music or not. The genre is mainly Scottish folk, with some European/ Americana / Scandinavian tunes thrown in too. Starting in April, we will be taking thing slower (after much ceilidh excitement!), and delving into more technique, ornamentation, bowing style, tone, and musicality. So it’ll be more about process than tunes tunes tunes! We welcome you on the journey!

We are not currently running an Absolute Beginners class but keep in touch with us for information about future beginners classes.

For those returning, please note change of venue for the groups below! 

Play Together

Improver Beginner Classes

When? Every 2nd Week 25th  April – 6th June , and free stramash on 13th June 2024, from 7pm – 8.30pm

Where? The Wash House

Cost? £48. You need to enrol for the whole block of 4 classes. Please get in touch to book your place.

Taught by Sarah Hoy, we welcome  back improver beginners from last term, as well as new recruits. The group will continue to  build on learning some simple tunes, starting to build in ornamentation, taking a look at bowing technique, and getting a nice sound from your instrument. For more information or to book a place, please contact us. Cost £48 for 4 classes, payable to Fun Fiddle once we have confirmed a place for you.

Intermediate/ advanced group

When? Every week, 18th April – 6th June, and free stramash on  13th June 2024, from 7pm – 8.45pm

Where? Portobello Baptist Church Hall, Portobello High St 

Cost? £6/£4  This group operates as a drop in class, with weekly cash or BACS payment

This group is aimed at more confident players of intermediate or advanced level,  and is a mix of self led and tutored. The focus for this term is to delve into bowing, tone, ornamentation, enhancing musicality and breath!  Gica Loening will tutor the group on 18th April, 9th May, and 30th May. The in-between weeks will be a self led group and a chance to practice and work on the tunes and technique being taught, as well as brush up on wider repertoire.
Please bring weekly cash payment of £6, (or £4 if you join as a member) for this group, or pay in a block by BACS.

Fun Fiddle Membership

Once you have joined the intermediate/advanced group, we encourage you to consider taking out a Fun Fiddle annual membership. You can join any time. Membership income helps keep Fun Fiddle afloat and subsidises the weekly drop in group/ self led session, so please consider supporting us!

Find out about Fun Fiddle membership and discounts










Learning Methods at Fun Fiddle

The Thursday groups will mainly play by ear, and sheet music is available if you want it on our Tunes page and in our Fun Fiddle tune books. Once you have come along on a Thursday, you will be kept in touch with what tunes are being played this term.

Here’s what Fun Fiddlers said about the recent lockdown times:

“Fun fiddle has been a very significant support and inspiration for me to remain positive during the past months. The fact we have all remained in touch gave me a focus for practising when we were staying at home. Towerbank gave us renewed focus and encouragement.”

“It is a sense of a ‘spiritual home’ in times when it is difficult to keep in close contact with family living far away.It has boosted my confidence to reach out to other fiddling opportunities on line as well as bringing a sense of ‘family’ enjoying good happy friendships, keeping us practising meaningfully, trying out new tunes, providing that bit of spontaneity when so much of your day has to be planned. We’ve found, with Fun Fiddle, ways to manage the difficulties that this crisis has thrown up.”</em

“Playing the fiddle has been keeping me sane and focussed on something positive, enriching and shared in this turbulent world of separation and lockdown.”

“It’s been an opportunity to share a musical experience with others when there is so little closeness with other people. It is an escape into a world of cheerful tunes which are uplifting and help us to live in the moment which is so important now. Expressing feelings through playing music is relaxing and so necessary at this time.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or to find out more about groups, classes or anything else.