NEFS 2021 Block 4

Weds 9th June – Weds 7th July inclusive (five weeks)
with an additional, optional Social Event on Weds 14th July.

Online Classes with Video Tutorials, full Resources and live Zoom calls, with call recordings available for catch up.

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. 

In this block there will again be Video Tutorials for two 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.

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. 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 learning the tunes in the videos. There is also a Tune Surgery Q&A event which is held from Week 2 onwards at 6.45 pm (before the Fiddle Practice Call) to address any questions raised from the video tutorials. Signing up includes an invitation to the NEFS Block 4 Social event on Zoom, on Weds 14th July 7.00 – 8.30 pm where we will play through the video tutorial tunes together, and a selection of the Live Teaching tunes and some from our Big Tunes list. A recording of every call will be available on YouTube, and is included in the £47 fee for the 5 week block.

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 Block 4 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 at which each level is aimed, please see the Ability Level Guide.