Irish Folk Fiddle Course

  • 19.05.10 - 09.06.10
  • 4.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • Prices: £50...


Dates: 14th April to 9th June 2010

Times: Beginner 4.30-5.30pm, Intermediate/Advanced 5.30-6.30pm

A new 10 week course in Irish traditional fiddle styles taught by rising folk star Emma Sweeney. For beginners and experienced players young and old. Some experience of violin or fiddle playing is required for the beginners group. A higher level of proficiency and experience for advanced. Please bring your own instrument.

Advanced fiddle

Get a feel for fiddle music through learning a selection of Irish traditional tunes in a group setting. Tunes will be taught orally and students will learn the bowing and technical skills which give the music its distinctive folk sound. You will also be encouraged to listen, analyze and discuss recordings by recognised  folk musicians and bring some of their stylistic elements into your playing. Towards the final stages of the course, students will get the chance to compose their own fiddle music and to show off some of their new skills at a gig at Band on the Wall.

Beginners fiddle

This group will learn how to hold, tune and find the notes on a fiddle in an Irish traditional style. Emma will teach simple fiddle tunes which will be both written out and later learned by ear. Students will be taught basic technical skills which are used to give the music its folk feel as well as being asked to listen and discuss music from established musicians. At the end of the course everyone will get the chance to play some of the pieces they have learnt in front of a live audience at Band on the Wall.

First taster session free – just turn up and try it out and if you like just enrol. Otherwise no charge at all!