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2021 Block 4 – Virtual NEFS

June 9 - July 7

£47 – £59


Five week course of virtual classes: Weds 9th June – Weds 7th July 2021

Online Resources covering technique and style for Levels 2 & 3 with tutors Stewart Hardy and Melissa Whitehead. Worksheets (pdf), audio files (mp3) and in-depth video tutorials (via YouTube) are provided for each of the tunes taught. The videos include exercises relevant to the tune, tuition of the tune by phrase so you can learn by ear if you choose, suggestions for bowing and ornamentation, and demonstrate of the style of each piece. On average, each tune will have over an hour of video content. Each level will have two tunes, one tune from each tutor.

Fiddle Practice calls will be held on Zoom on each Wednesday evening from 7.00 – 7.40 pm including a ‘Technical nugget’. These are a chance to play along with a tutor-led practice session, giving you 30 minutes of fiddle practice and ideas to take away for your own practice. These are an optional extra and aren’t integral to the video tutorial element of the course. A recording of each Fiddle Practice Call will be available on YouTube. There is a 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. There will be new tunes to add to your session repertoire, plus some you may have learned in previous blocks at NEFS. Recordings of the Live Teaching event will be available each week if you miss one, have technical difficulties, or prefer to work from YouTube and not Zoom.

In this block, Melissa will be teaching The Kilnamona Barndance – a real treat for Martin Hayes fans as he famously recorded this tune together with Ger The Rigger (which she taught last block) as a set on his fantastic CD ‘Under the Moon’. She’ll also be introducing another Irish classic, The Porthole of the Kelp by Bobby Casey, which is such a beautiful reel and would make a great partner for In Memory of Coleman, which she taught in Block 2. Stewart will be teaching one of his favourite crooked English tunes, White Fryars Hornpipe, along with another gorgeous old English tune, Westmoreland, which appears in Playford’s ‘Dancing Master’ and to which he was first introduced by the wonderful guitarist Matt Price.

Registration for the block is £59 per person including the Live Teaching element, or £47 without (resources, video tutorials and Fiddle Practice Calls are included) Please email or use the contact form for with any queries. To book your place, please use the Online Booking Form.


June 9
July 7
£47 – £59
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