Category: NEFS Classes

Block 4 – June & July 2019

The year is passing swiftly it seems, and we are planning our classes for the last Block of this academic year. We will be taking a week off on 29th May, and the workshops will begin again on Weds 5th June for 5 weeks. We will then take an extended break over the summer.

For this block Stewart will be looking at one of the definitive tune forms of the North East, the triple time hornpipe with Level 2 Style class and has chosen some great examples to look at in depth. Melissa will be teaching the Level 3 Style class and will be exploring some of the fantastic tunes by Canadian fiddler Oliver Schroer. As usual, Melissa and Stewart will swap groups for the Technique classes, which will teach exercises and techniques geared up to support the Style class repertoire, but are equally applicable to so much other repertoire and general musicianship.

If you are an adult fiddle player who is looking for a supportive and encouraging group in which to improve your playing, with expert tuition at all levels, then do consider joining us. Resources are provided each week in the form of recordings of the tunes and exercises, as well as notation and there is always time for informal chats over coffee & biscuits between the classes! Drop Ali an email or use the contact form if you would like more information or to book.

 


Classes for April & May

Spring is definitely in the air and we have completed another block of classes at NEFS. We are taking a few weeks off over Easter, and will begin our new block on Wednesday 24th April. This will run for 5 weeks again (until Weds 22nd May) and Melissa and Stewart have chosen some lovely tunes for both levels. Bookings are now open for 2019 Block 3 – if you would like to book a place, please use the Contact page to get in touch.

Level 2
The theme for Melissa’s Style class will be fiddle tunes which originate in song melodies, including the lovely The Lea Rig, and will use these to look further into transposing tunes on the fiddle.

Level 3
Stewart will be “Extending the Range” with Level 3, and has chosen to include two modern tunes in the traditional style which embrace all 4 strings on the fiddle, and a wonderful modern composition by Jenna Reid called The Gamekeeper’s Cottage, which extends the lyrical phrase in a most beautiful way

Details of the Level descriptors are on the Classes page. Join us for another five weeks of fabulous fiddle tuition.


A new block of classes

We have reached the second block of the year already, and are taking bookings for the five weeks from 27th February to 27th March. This block we will be running classes at Level 2 and Level 3. Level 2 will have Melissa for Technique and Stewart for Style, and Level 3 will have Stewart for Technique and Melissa for Style. If you would like to book a place, please use the Contact page to get in touch.

Level 2
Stewart’s Style class theme will be “Ringing Strings & Lazy Bows”, exploring how and when to play more than one note in great fiddle tunes.

Level 3
Melissa has chosen to explore the hypnotic time signature of 7/8 with Level 3. This time signature has some great grooves that, once you’ve got the hang of them, you’ll never want to let go.

Join us for another five weeks of fabulous fiddle tuition.


Happy New Year!

Well, here we are in 2019! We are very much looking forward to getting back into our regular Wednesday fiddle tuition evenings and we begin on Weds 16th January for the first 5 week block of the year.

Melissa will be teaching the repertoire for Level 2 in their Style class, and Stewart has chosen some great tunes for Level 3. Each group will also have the other tutor for their Technique class which will provide exercises for improving your general playing and musicianship, along with teaching tips focused on helping you make progress with learning the new repertoire.

There are just a couple of places left for each level so if you are interested in coming or have further questions, do get in touch.

Happy Fiddle Playing!


November/December Half-term

We had a great start to the Autumn term, and welcomed new Level 1 students and Absolute Beginners to the North East Fiddle School. We were delighted to have Melissa Whitehead and Jim Boyle teaching alongside Stewart for the five-week block, which allowed us to run the extra classes.

This coming half-term (7th Nov to 5th Dec) we will be running classes at Level 2 and Level 3. Level 2 will have Melissa for Technique and Stewart for Style, and Level 3 will have Stewart for Technique and Melissa for Style. If you would like to book a place, please use the Contact page to get in touch.

Level 2
Stewart’s Style class theme will be Solid Structures. An understanding of how tunes are constructed is a key element to navigating your way around an aural tradition and acquiring repertoire. These workshops will explore a fundamental structure and see how it helps to learn tunes, join in with other musicians and create variation.

Level 3
Melissa has chosen 3 cracking tunes from a great collaborative collection Gruth is Uachdar by Donald Shaw & Charlie McKerron. As well as being great tunes, these will give the opportunity to look at some different ornamentation styles, as well as some string accompaniment techniques, such as pizzicato and smoothly bowed string parts.

We would like to thank Jim for joining us at the North East Fiddle School this half-term and wish him all the very best with the many projects he has on the go right now. We hope that soon there will be more space in the diary and we will be able to have him back to teach with us.


New Classes for Autumn 2018

We are very excited to announce that there are new classes available for this half-term which begins on Wednesday 26th September. We are introducing an extra level as a foundation for our classes – this will now be known as Level 1, and all current Level 1 and 2 students will be ‘promoted’ to Levels 2 and 3. This should allow everyone to find a class in which they feel comfortable and yet sufficiently challenged! Don’t worry though if you’re not sure where you fit – more details are available on the Classes page, and the levels are set in stone, so you can find which is best for you.

This has been made possible by the fantastic news that we have two new tutors with us this term – Melissa Whitehead and
Jim Boyle are joining the team, and we are very much looking forward to hearing the repertoire they will bring, and experiencing their own unique teaching styles. You can read a little about them on the updated Meet The Team page.

We also have a brand new Absolute Beginners class, which has been made possible by some very generous funding. This means we can offer this class to the community at the bargain rate of £3 per class. We will run it as a drop-in, so if you realise it’s not for you then you can just drop out again – but you’ve nothing to lose by giving it a go (well, very little)!


June/July Bookings open

We are now taking bookings for the Late Summer Half-Term which runs from Weds 6th June until Weds 4th July. Both Stewart and Grace will be continuing to teach both levels and are planning the repertoire that will be covered in the classes.

There are spaces left in both ability levels at the moment, so do get in touch to reserve your place. The cost for the classes is £80 for five weeks of two classes per evening, or £45 for one class per evening (either Technique or Style).

 

Course Summary:

Five week course (Weds 6th June – Weds 4th July 2018)
Class 1 – Technique:  18:30 – 19:45
Class 2 – Style:  20:00 – 21:15
Both classes are available at two ability levels (Level 1: beginner/intermediate;  Level 2: intermediate/advanced)
£80 for both classes each week, for five weeks
£45 for one class per week (Technique or Style)

Please email or use the contact form to reserve your place. Payment is required to confirm your place.


New half-term: April 2018

We are now taking bookings for the Early Summer Half-Term which runs from Weds 25th April. There will be five weeks of tuition leading up to the half-term break following the Spring Bank Holiday on 28th May, so no classes on Weds 30th May.

We are delighted to say that Stewart and Grace will both be continuing to teach at North East Fiddle School and are planning the repertoire that will be covered in the classes. Level 1 students will be taking a lyrical approach to the Irish repertoire, whilst in Level 2 classes we will be looking into the Wonderful World of Hornpipes in all their various forms.

There are limited spaces left in both ability levels at the moment, so do get in touch to reserve your place. The cost for the classes is £80 for five weeks of two classes per evening, or £45 for one class per evening (either Technique or Style).

 

Course Summary:

Five week course (25th Apr – 23rd May 2018)
Class 1 – Technque:  18:30 – 19:45
Class 2 – Style:  20:00 – 21:15
Both classes are available at two ability levels (Level 1: beginner/intermediate;  Level 2: intermediate/advanced)
£80 for both classes each week, for five weeks
£45 for one class per week (Technique or Style)

Please email or use the contact form to reserve your place. Payment is required to confirm your place.


Weds 28th Feb – Cancelled

We are very sorry but we have taken the decision to cancel tonight’s classes. The weather conditions are very severe, and travel is not recommended. The safest thing to do is cancel the classes. Keep warm and keep practising the fiddle! We will see you again next week.


Spring Half-Term Bookings

We are now taking bookings for the Spring Half-Term which runs from Weds 21st February. There will be five weeks of tuition, but as we can’t use the school on Weds 21st March, these classes will be held on Weds 28th March instead. We are hoping to organise a social event on Weds 21st March, which will be run on a drop-in basis, but won’t be included in the course.

Stewart and Grace have been delighted with the take-up of the places and the response of the students from the first half-term. We have taken on board everybody’s feedback and will be making slight changes to the format as we go forwards. There have been many requests for more time spent on exercises and less on learning new tunes and they are very happy to oblige! So the Technique and Style classes will use the same repertoire for this half-term, with the exercises and techniques taught in the first class being used to support the learning of the tune and the stylistic considerations of the second class.

There are limited spaces left in both ability levels at the moment, so do get in touch to reserve your place. The cost for the classes is £80 for five weeks of two classes per evening, or £45 for one class per evening (either Technique or Style).

 

Course Summary:

Five week course (21st Feb – 28th Mar 2018. No classes on Weds 21st Mar)
Class 1 – Technque:  18:30 – 19:45
Class 2 – Style:  20:00 – 21:15
Both classes are available at two ability levels (Level 1: beginner/intermediate;  Level 2: intermediate/advanced)
£80 for both classes each week, for five weeks
£45 for one class per week (Technique or Style)