As we have no beginners’ classes, these classes are a continuation of last year.

You should therefore join the same class as last year, and only sign up for the next level class if you found last year’s class too easy.

We have 7 different class levels for learning fiddle. See the individual class descriptions for information on what the levels aim to cover.

All fiddle groups are on the same night, with the expectation that students will move up or down within the first couple of weeks of term, if space allows, as they find the level which suits them best.

Fiddle 1a

For people that started playing in January 2020, or already know the basics and are comfortable playing a few tunes in easy keys and learning by ear. This term will focus on;

  • Consolidating everything covered since the start of the year
  • Perfecting fingering and bowing technique
  • Getting a nicer overall sound and tone
  • Carry on learning what all the notes are​
  • Looking at some new notes, keys, and rhythms
  • Learning some new tunes by ear

Delivery: Generally 2 x 45 minute Zoom sessions with a 15 minute break, followed by an email with a summary and three recordings of any new tunes at different speeds. Over the term, there will be around three 10/15 minute one-to-ones with each person, with independent tasks for the class on those weeks.
Day/Time: Thursdays from 7-8.45pm
Maximum class size: 12
Tutor: Eryn Rae

Fiddle 1

Suitable for people with 12-18 months playing experience. We will cover:

  • Improve tone and bow control
  • Explore new key and time signatures
  • Expand our knowledge of the stylistic elements of Scottish fiddle music
  • Introduce using grace notes and embellishment in our playing
  • Begin to think about grouping tunes into ‘sets’
  • Build on confident, tension free playing
  • Have fun while doing all of the above!

Delivery: 1.5 hour class via Zoom, with tune breakdown, sheet music & technique videos provided following each class via Dropbox.
Day/Time: Thursdays from 7-8.15pm
Maximum class size: 16
Tutor: Kirstie Mclanaghan

Fiddle 2

For people who have been playing for around 2 years. This class will continue to develop both your technique and your understanding of fiddle music. It will cover:
  • different types of tunes and the form they take
  • basic music theory to help you understand the tunes better, including some scales and arpeggios
  • learning and playing tunes by ear
  • exercises to help improve your technique and posture
  • plenty of opportunities to ask questions and give feedback during the term

Delivery: Weekly 1h 15min Zoom sessions plus extra resources
Day/Time: Thursdays from 7-8.15pm
Maximum class size: 15
Tutor: Jeri Foreman

Fiddle 3

For improvers who have played for around 3-4 years already. Building on basic skills and knowledge, this class will cover:
  • Learning new tunes by ear in a range of different styles, keys and rhythms
  • Grouping tunes together into sets
  • Becoming comfortable playing in different keys
  • Using bowing patterns to develop style, rhythm and phrasing
  • Using ornamentation to create style and interest
  • Using dynamics to create emotion and interest
  • Improving tone, technique and posture
  • Consolidating scales and arpeggios
  • Building confidence in our playing
  • Having fun!
Delivery: 1.5 hour class (with a break) via Zoom. A recording of each new tune will be provided a week before each class for students to listen to during the week in preparation for learning it in the Zoom class. Sheet music, a video of Isla playing the tune (both slowly and at tempo) and a technique video will be provided after each class.
Day/Time: Thursdays from 7-8.30pm
Maximum class size: 15
Tutor: Isla Ratcliff

Fiddle 4

At this level, students will be ready to embrace the challenges of:

  • Playing tunes and exercises at a faster tempo
  • Developing a more expressive, musical way of playing
  • Working on controlling the bow
  • Developing more accurate intonation
  • Playing with others in a sensitive and musical way
  • Increasing repertoire and developing ability to retrieve tunes from memory 

Students will also be encouraged to form a more critical, listening ear for their own playing and to work on their ability to practice effectively at home. 

Delivery: Classes will be delivered via Youtube unlisted videos (and physical resources such as sheet music) released on Fridays and a weekly 1-hour Zoom practice on Thursday evenings. Students will also be encouraged to record themselves playing and send in their videos, for which they will receive individual feedback in video form.
Day/Time: Thursdays from 7.30-8.30pm
Maximum class size: 15
Tutor: Rachel Walker

Fiddle 5

The class will focus on improving technique, including intonation, tone and bowing, and building confidence in your playing.

  • Playing in a range of keys, including more challenging keys
  • Using ornamentation, ringing strings and different bowing styles
  • Learning more quickly by ear
  • Playing up to speed

Delivery: a weekly group Zoom session (1 hr 15 mins) which includes some 1:1 time, plus tuition videos and resources sent out to learn in advance. 
Day/Time: Thursdays from 7-8.15pm
Maximum class size: 15
Tutor:  Sally Simpson


Fiddle 6

For people who have been playing for around 5 years or more and are confident learning quickly by ear.

The class aims to build on your repertoire, learning how tunes can be used (e.g. playing for dancing) and focusing on more complex keys and positions and unusual tunes. We will work on advanced technique, bowing and ornamentation, the understanding of regional styles and the development of your own style. Learn a range of traditional and more contemporary tunes commonly heard in traditional music sessions around Scotland.

Delivery: 1-hour online Zoom sessions, videos of tunes and exercises, other resources. Opportunities for students to submit videos of their playing for tutor feedback. 
Day/Time: Thursdays from 7-8pm
Maximum class size: 15
Tutor: Claire Campbell


Fiddle 7

In this class, we try and go “beyond” the written music. We work on aspects of articulation, interpretation, technique, and performance practice. At the start of term, learners will be provided with a term workbook containing sheet music, recordings, and supplementary material. Learners are expected to familiarise themselves with the tune on a basic level before we discuss the material as a class. 

Delivery: Detailed workbook plus group Zoom classes. Throughout term, we will follow a two-week rhythm. In week one, we will have a group class via Zoom for 2 hours. In week two, learners are encouraged to submit a video or audio recording, and I will provide one-to-one feedback. 

Day/Time: Online Zoom sessions on every other Thursday from 7-9pm
Maxium class size: 15
Tutor: Bernadette Kellermann


TERM 1 2020

As we have no beginners’ classes, these classes are a continuation of last year. You should therefore join the same class as last year, and only sign up for the next level class if you found last year’s class too easy.