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NEFS Online Classes

Welcome to NEFS. We are now taking bookings for our next 5-week block which will run from 24th February to 24th March inclusive. For more details and information on how to book please visit the Classes Page.

There will be another four fantastic tunes taught this block in Video Tutorials from Stewart Hardy and Melissa Whitehead, with full supporting materials. New videos are released each week to take you through useful techniques and to teach the tunes by ear, with bowing and ornamentation suggestions. Work at your own pace and in your own time. We also get together on Zoom each week for a warm up and 30 minutes of Fiddle Practice. If you can’t make it on Wednesday evenings, or don’t enjoy live Zoom calls, the recordings are available for you to catch up with on YouTube. There is an optional Live Teaching call following the Fiddle Practice, and in this Stewart will teach another two tunes by ear to build up a core repertoire. Notation and audio recordings of all tunes will be available. More details of the upcoming tunes…


Online fiddle tuition in the comfort of your own home! North East Fiddle School has moved online during the COVID-19 lockdown, bringing the same excellent standards of fiddle teaching into your home – wherever you are. Worksheets, audio files and in-depth video tutorials will take you through exercises to develop your fiddle playing and teach you tunes with bowing, ornamentation and style. You can progress through the materials at your own pace, and you can repeat any section as often as you wish. There will be two tunes taught for each of two ability Levels by our wonderful tutors, Stewart Hardy and Melissa Whitehead.

Fiddle Practice sessions for all will take place weekly on Zoom, and a group social gathering at the end of the block will be included. These are an optional extra – if you aren’t able to join Zoom (or prefer not to) this won’t impact your progress through the video tutorials, and the sessions are recorded for you to play back later via YouTube if you wish.

There is also an optional Live Teaching element which will focus on teaching Core Repertoire using fundamental fiddle techniques, and will be accessible to both Level 2 and 3 players. This will be taught on Zoom and will be available as a replay on YouTube.

The cost for 5 weeks of in-depth video tutorials presented weekly, full worksheets and audio files and live Fiddle Practice Calls (or access to the Recordings) is £47. Add the Live Teaching element with 45 minutes of repertoire building each week for just £12. Follow the links for further details or get in touch with Ali if you have any questions.

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Access to previous materials

As all our Resources are online, including worksheets, audio files, video tutorials and recordings of our live Zoom calls, you can still sign up for previous courses. Materials for the following blocks are available:

The cost for the Resources from previous classes is £47 for each block. This includes in-depth video tutorials for 3 tunes for Level 2 and 3 tunes for Level 3 (see the Ability Level Guide) with full supporting materials and recordings of five Fiddle Practice Calls. The blocks with the Live Teaching element are £59 per block.


If you are interested in hearing more about NEFS, our next block of classes and any future events, you can sign up to our Mailing List.
[N.B. If you have previously registered for an NEFS Block you are already on the Mailing List!]


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Before the pandemic…

The North East Fiddle School offers weekly classes on Fiddle Technique and Style on a Wednesday evening at the Westfield School in Gosforth. Our excellent team of tutors teach classes based on fiddle technique and style, for different ability levels. Over the course of each evening all ability groups will be taught by two different tutors, which alternate each half-term, thus allowing for a range of teaching styles and repertoire.

The evenings run on Wednesdays from 6.30 – 9.15 pm and aim to provide an encouraging and stimulating environment for those wishing to improve their fiddle playing and musicianship. Students should be aged 16 or over and details of our full class offerings are available on the Classes page. Please use the contact form to get in touch and for booking details.