Timetable and Full Event Descriptions
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|09:50||Zoom check! The Zoom call will be open early for you to check your connection & settings.||Zoom|
|10:00 – 10:30||Fiddle Practice Call 1 with Stewart|
Get warmed up for the morning’s teaching and learn techniques for effective practice.
|10:45 – 11:45||Live Workshop for Level 1 with Melissa|
Walking on the Moon
“A rhythmic Scottish reel in the key of A major.”
|10:45 – 11:45||Video Tutorial for Level 3 with Kevin|
Bb is not as bad as you may think… or is it?
“The dreaded Bb has become one of my favourite keys on the fiddle and its rich tone lends itself to some wonderful tunes. With a few simple tricks this infamous key might just be friendlier than you think. Blue Bonnets Over The Border will be the main tune feature here, as well as a load of Bb tips, tricks and guidance.”
|12:00 – 13:00||Live Workshop for Level 3 with Sophy|
Up Jumped the Devil
“A lively American fiddle tune with slides, shuffles, some chords and bags of swagger, not big on ornaments but lots of lazy bowing technique.”
|12:00 – 13:00||Video Tutorial for Level 1 with Sophy|
I’ll Buy Boots for Maggie
“A cracking Irish polka with grit and drive, covering accents and attack, some polka bowing, but mostly it’s one of my favourite tunes!”
|13:30 – 14:30||Meet the Tutors!|
An informal round of chat and/or tunes from our lovely tutors, as they introduce themselves and some of the music they have chosen to teach.
|14:45 – 15:15||Fiddle Practice Call 2 with Grace|
A different take on fiddle practice as you get warmed up for the afternoon’s video tutorial slots.
|15:15 – 16:15||Video Tutorial for Levels 1 & 2 with Kevin|
Two Strings are Better Than One
“Instantly double the sound on your violin and send all guitarists (or any other chordal accompanist for that matter) in to a state of unease through fear of job loss. An introduction to double stops, how to play them and when to use them. I’ll also teach a tune which lends itself very well to double stopping, called Stam Villum.”
|16:15 – 17:15||Video Tutorial for Levels 3 & 4 with Sophy|
“A slushy sentimental American waltz. Leave your good taste at the door and expect vibrato, lush chords, slippy slidy chromatic bits and gratuitous florid runs in this workout. Embrace the cheese.”
Video Tutorial for Levels 1 & 2 with Melissa
“A lively Scottish strathspey from the Skye Collection.”
|17:15 – 17:45||Day 1 Video Questions |
A chance to ask specific questions about the tunes taught today, with Kevin, Sophy & Melissa.
|19:30 – 21:15||Play-along Session|
Join us for tunes led by our tutors in turn.
45 minutes of steady sets, with a short break and 45 minutes of regular tunes.
|10:00 – 10:30||Fiddle Practice Call 3 with Stewart|
More tips and techniques for practice, and 30 mins of warm up fiddle playing.
|10:45 – 11:45||Live Workshop for Level 2 with Stewart|
Hey Boys Up Go We
“A classic melody from the English tradition dating back to the Civil War and surviving into the present as a tune for Morris and a melody for numerous folksongs. The strong, punchy melodic lines are great for working on projection, groove and articulation.”
|10:45 – 11:45||Video Tutorial for Level 4 with Stewart|
No. 8 (a Hornpipe by James Hill)
“An F major hornpipe, packed with the idiosyncrasies of Tyneside’s most famous fiddling son, this belter of a tune, spanning all four strings, features triplet runs, sparkling arpeggiated figures and bowing patterns typical of the Newcastle style.”
|12:00 – 13:00||Live Workshop for Level 4 with Kevin|
Proptrækkeren (The Corkscrew)
“Crooked Tunes From a Crooked Island – Læsø! The island of Læsø is quite the outlander in Danish Folklore. Its geographical location meant that dances and tunes were done differently to the rest of Denmark – polkas danced the wrong way round, tunes with extra beats and seaweed roofs for houses?! Come and learn an iconic polka, ‘Proptrækkeren’ (The Corkscrew), with guaranteed extra beats, bars and interesting melodic phrases.”
|12:00 – 13:00||Video Tutorial for Level 2 with Grace|
“With strong ties to the Morris tradition, this is an absolute classic English folk tune! Using Shepherd’s Hey, we will explore and introduce groove, lift, and a ‘dance-like feel’ into our music. A perfect session tune wherever you may find yourself, Shepherd’s Hey is a must-have in your fiddle repertoire!”
|14:00 – 14:30||Fiddle Practice Call 4 with Grace|
Even more tips and techniques for practice with Grace.
|14:30 – 15:30||Video Tutorial for Levels 3 & 4 with Jim|
The Gloucestershire Hornpipe
“Also known as the Gloucester Hornpipe (among other titles) this tune is every bit as satisfying as its namesake services on the M5! A tune with an infectious, bouncing rhythm throughout, I’ll be looking at some of the ornamentation and opportunities for rhythmic tampering which make this tune such a banger!”
|15:30 – 16:30||Video Tutorial for Levels 1 & 2 with Grace|
Bob and Joan
“Versions of this 3/2 hornpipe can be found in many manuscripts, including the Vickers collection. As well as learning the tune itself, we will play exercises to improve dexterity and nimble playing, and explore ways of bringing the tune to life off the page. The ideas we use can also be applied to tunes you already know, as well as tunes you learn in the future!”
Video Tutorial for Levels 3 & 4 with Stewart
Syncopation in Jigs
“A look at how to spice up your jigs with syncopation, toying with the beat and the listeners expectations (and possibly tripping up the dancers). Joe Scurfield’s ‘I’m Going to Speke’ (marvellous tune, but a gloriously dreadful pun!) will be the used as an example of what can achieved.”
|16:30 – 17:00||Day 2 Video Questions |
A chance to ask specific questions about the tunes taught in videos today, with Grace, Jim & Stewart.
|17:15 – 18:00||Ask the Tutors! and Big Tune play-through|
What burning questions (fiddle related!) would you like to ask our tutors? It will be interesting to get different perspectives – are you interested in who has influenced their playing, which rosin they use, or what was their most memorable gig?
An informal question and answer session.
At around 17:50 we will all get our fiddles out and will play through the Big Tune to round off our live Summer School events.
|19:30 – 21:30||Virtual Summer School Tutors’ Concert|
The concert will be livestreamed on YouTube with recorded performances from Kevin, Sophy, Grace, Jim, Melissa and Stewart, with guest accompanists! Hosted by Ali, you will be able to interact with the tutors during the interval via YouTube chat.
When planning your events for the weekend, the Live events are on Zoom, and although these will be available for a short catch-up period, they are best experienced live, as they are about being a part of the event and enjoying the atmosphere, and the recording quality from Zoom calls is not great. However, if you experience technical difficulties or cannot attend on one day, they will be available to watch for one month after the event.
The timetable has been created with space to allow you to attend the Live Workshops for your Level, and for one other level (either the level above or below you) and also to work through a Video Tutorial for your level and two more Video Tutorials for a group containing your level.
So, for example, if you are a Level 2 (Lower Intermediate player), on the Saturday you might decide to attend the Live Level 1 workshop at 10.45 am and work through the Level 1 video at 12.00 pm to consolidate what you know, or you can stretch yourself with the Level 3 workshop at 10.45 and the Level 3 video at 12.00 pm. There are two Video Tutorials aimed at Levels 1 & 2 you can work through on Saturday afternoon. Then on the Sunday you can attend the Live Workshop for Level 2, followed by a Video Tutorial for Level 2, and there is a final Video Tutorial in the afternoon aimed at Levels 1 & 2.
The will also allow you to attend all of the other live Zoom calls which make up the weekend. However, don’t forget that you can come back to any of the Video Tutorials at any point for the next six months, so don’t feel you have to complete all of these during the weekend! As you develop you might also then stretch yourself further to the next level, or watch the other Video Tutorials just for the great tunes!