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2021 Block 3 – Virtual NEFS

April 21 - May 19

£47 – £59


Five week course of virtual classes: Weds 21st April – Weds 19th May 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 for Level 2, Melissa will be teaching a lovely Irish tune, Ger the Rigger. This is a very popular tune and Melissa will be teaching the swung version as played by Martin Hayes. For Level 3 she will teach Feed the Ducks – a brilliant Irish jig by Kieran Leahy which makes use of all 4 strings of the fiddle thanks to some beautiful arpeggio patterns which roll so naturally from one string to the next.

Stewart will take Level 2 on a further exploration of Dm, with a look at James Hill’s, A Country Lass. With level 3 he will continue the recent French Canadian theme with a fabulous crooked tune, La Belle Catherine – such a popular tune for sessions and great fun to play.

The tune for the Live Teaching call, where we are building a core repertoire with a chance to learn these tunes by ear, will be a wonderful waltz, Wals voor Polle by Wim Poesen. We will also take some time to revise the wonderful hornpipe by Robin Dunn, The Summerhill Hornpipe.

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. Absolute Beginners and Level 1 will resume when we can meet again face to face.


April 21
May 19
£47 – £59
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Ali Say