NEFS 2022 Block 1

Happy New Year and welcome to another block at NEFS!
We have both in-person and online options available again this block.
Video Tutorials of in-depth fiddle tuition, full Resources and live Zoom calls, with call recordings available for catch up. Plus an in-person full day of fiddle technique and tunes, with a tutor guided session to finish.

This block we are offering both online tuition (including live Zoom calls and recorded Video Tutorials) and an in-person full-day workshop. The five-week block begins on Wednesday 19th January.


  • 5 week course of fully-online fiddle tuition, accessible from anywhere and at any time.
  • Three in-depth sets of Video Tutorials, aimed at either Level 2 or Level 3 players, but available for all to follow. Each set of videos includes technique, a tune taught by the phrase and a detailed look at bowing, ornamentation or stylistic interpretation. Two tunes, one each from Stewart and Melissa will be new sets of video tutorials, and the third will be a revision tune from a previous block.
  • Wednesday evening live Zoom calls, including Fiddle Practice, a Technical Nugget and learning a tune on Zoom (previously known as the Live Teaching element)
  • Recordings of Zoom calls available for catch-up.

This block runs from Weds 19th Jan to Weds 16th Feb. There isn’t time for an extra social evening this block, but we will play the video tutorial tunes in the final Live Teaching call.
Cost is £60 for the five week block.


Saturday Full-day Workshop
Saturday 5th February, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
at Wylam Methodist Church, Chapel Lane, Wylam NE41 8AA
Cost is £40 for the full day. Tea/coffee included, bring your own lunch.

  • In-person group fiddle tuition focusing on developing fiddle technique.
  • Tunes and technique delivered by both Melissa and Stewart.
  • In-depth fiddle teaching aimed at Levels 2 and 3.
  • Day includes 3 mixed ability workshops and a tutor-guided session.
  • Full access to all resources for the Live Teaching tunes played in the session.

We have extended the session which will run from 3.45 – 5.00 pm, and if you are unable to attend for the full day, you can sign up for just the session. Please get in touch to request booking details for this.
All of our in-person workshops will be run under our COVID-Secure Music Workshop Guidelines.
By signing up to attend you agree to follow these guidelines which are available here, and may be updated at any point up until the workshops begin.

Book your place by purchasing your options from the Shop.

  • A 5% discount is applied if you purchase both options.

Add the products to your basket where the discount will be applied. Check what you have added by using the menu: Shop > Cart. You can checkout using PayPal, or by indicating that you will pay by bank transfer or by posting a cheque. All details are provided after you click “Place Order”.

Details of Online option:

Fiddle Practice Calls are available to all participants on a Wednesday evening (7.00 – 7.40 pm). These are held on Zoom and are an optional extra to learning the tunes in the video tutorials. They 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, including a useful ‘Technical nugget’. 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 Social event on Zoom at the end of the block, where we will play through the video tutorial tunes together and a selection of the Live Teaching tunes. A recording of every call will be available on YouTube, and is included in the cost.

The Live Teaching calls 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 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. 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.

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. 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.