Block 3: Wednesday 22nd April – 20th May inclusive (five weeks)
Level 2 and Level 3:
Technique and Style/Repertoire – Virtual Classes
** We will be trialling a block of Virtual Classes for NEFS as we aren’t able to meet face to face. This will include tune audio files and notation in advance, audio or videos of exercises and technical elements, worksheets with bowing and ornamentation, and videos of the tunes learned. Live Q&A sessions and a group social gathering via video-conferencing will be included. Details of pricing to follow.
Level 3 classes are aimed at proficient fiddle players who are comfortable with playing tunes in the common dance forms. You will be aware of ornamentation and bowing patterns and aspire to incorporate them more fully into your playing. Repertoire will include tunes in keys with signatures between one flat and 3 sharps.
For our Level 2 classes you will be familiar with basic tune forms (waltzes, jigs, hornpipes, polkas and reels) and will already be able to play simple tunes at a steady tempo in these different styles. Tunes will generally be in keys with signatures of no flats/sharps, 1 sharp or 2 sharps. You might be developing an interest in bowing styles and interpretation of the repertoire.
Not currently running – Absolute Beginners and Level 1 rely much more on face to face interaction during these early stages. If you are keen to continue your fiddle studies, we highly recommend online 1-1 lessons. Please get in touch if you would like contact details for our tutors to enquire about availability.
To get the most out of Level 1 fiddle classes you will be familiar with the basics of the instrument – how to hold the violin and the bow. You will have some rudimentary reading and/or aural skills, be familiar with open strings and the basic finger positions to produce a one octave scale of G, D and A major as well as a two octave scale of G major. You may not have an in depth knowledge of fiddle music, but will aspire to acquire the core beginner folk repertoire.
This is a five week course aimed at those who have not played a violin before. It will give a basic introduction to holding the instrument and playing traditional fiddle. It will introduce bow hold, open strings and your first hand position, enabling you to have a go at your first tunes. You will need to bring a violin with you for this course, but do get in touch if you would like assistance with sourcing an instrument. Places are limited, so please email to reserve your place in advance.
The Technique Classes will cover bowing techniques (tone production, soundpoints and articulation, bowing patterns and groove); intonation and dexterity through scales and exercises, motifs, passage work and ornamentation techniques. The Style Classes will pull these together through tune acquisition, applying the relevant mix of techniques to each specific tune, and adding ornamentation, chords and harmonies, to cover the interpretation of the repertoire. Alternative approaches and related material will be considered.
The tunes for each five week block will cover a stylistic theme (such as a particular groove, a named composer or collection or a particular key, for example). Full resources (both written and audio) are provided for all participants.