NEFS 2021 Block 2

Weds 24th February – Weds 24th March inclusive (five weeks)

Online Classes with Video Tutorials, full Resources and live Zoom calls with recordings available on demand:
NEFS 2021 Block 2 Booking Form

In this block for Level 2, Melissa will be continuing the D minor/one flat theme with one of the great Scottish slow airs, Archibald Macdonald of Keppoch – a real stunner of a tune and a valuable addition to any musician’s repertoire. The great Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham famously recorded it on his solo CD ‘Fair Warning’ and it is a fabulous vehicle to reinforce the finger positions required for D minor. For Level 3, Melissa is bringing something more recent – one of Ed Reavy’s finest compositions, In Memory of Coleman. This tune is in G minor but requires no E-flats – an opportunity to expand the tonality available to us with these finger positions.

Stewart is bringing a very recently composed English jig to Level 2 – Stay at Home Jig by Becki Driscoll. She and her partner Nick Wyke are two of English music’s finest champions not only as performers but also teachers and composers. Apart from its unfortunate topicality, this tune is great for looking at English jig bowing patterns and NEFS is delighted to have the opportunity to introduce those who haven’t come across Becki and Nick to their music. Level 3 will be exploring the joys of the French-Canadian repertoire with a session favourite and Québécois classic commonly known as Old French Reel – loads of joyous energy and lots of fun to play.

The French-Canadian theme will continue into the Live Teaching with an opportunity to learn Rejean Brunet’s immensely popular jig Maison de Glace. and we will also revisit that English classic Bonny Kate.

Welcome to another block of Online Classes for NEFS. In this block there will be 2 tunes for both Levels 2 and 3 with worksheets, audio files of the tunes, and in-depth video tutorials of exercises including tuition of the tunes, with bowing and ornamentation. Melissa and Stewart will each teach both Levels, and all materials are available to all participants.

Fiddle Practice Calls are available to all participants on a Wednesday evening (7.00 – 7.40 pm). These will be held on Zoom and are an optional extra to learning the tunes in the video tutorials. Recordings of the calls are available for catch-up on YouTube after the event. If you prefer not to take part in the Fiddle Practice this won’t impact your progress through the Video Tutorials.

There is an additional optional Live Teaching element to the course again this block. This will be on a Wednesday evening following the Fiddle Practice Call, running from 7.50 – 8.30 pm for the 5 weeks. This event will focus on Core Repertoire using fundamental fiddle techniques, and will be accessible to both Level 2 and 3 players. This will include revision of the tunes previously taught with full resources and recordings of past calls are provided for those new to the Live Teaching element. There will also be new tunes to add to your core repertoire, taught be ear with full supporting resources available. The additional cost of this event is £12 for the block and is only available as an add-on to the standard Online Block (total cost £59). Recordings of the Live Teaching calls will be available each week if you miss one, have technical difficulties, or prefer to work from YouTube and not Zoom.

Registration for this block including the Live Teaching element is £59 per person. Without the Live Teaching, the cost is £47 per person. Payments can be made by bank transfer, cheque or PayPal.

All course materials are provided via a password protected webpage. Worksheets (pdf files) and audio files (mp3 files) are available to view/listen online or download. Video tutorials and Recordings of live calls are provided as links to unlisted YouTube videos. New resources will be added each week, and then all materials will be available for you to access in your own time for as long as you need them.

Please use the contact form if you have any queries. To reserve your place please use the Online Booking Form. Payment (by bank transfer, cheque or PayPal) is required to confirm all bookings and can be made through the Shop for the relevant product.

Materials for both levels will be available to all participants, so you don’t need to decide which level you are signing up to in advance. For information on the standard each level is aimed at, please see the Ability Level Guide.