WHERE:  Classes mostly conducted over Zoom, Some Classes now at John Wheatley College

WHEN: Wednesday 7.30pm - 9.00pm Online, 7:30pm-9:15pm In College           

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TERM DATES, ENROLMENT AND COST: See Membership page 

GFW Playing Together – Wednesday Warm Up


Which Class?

We have 11 Fiddle classes, split by 5 skill levels.Don’t overthink it. Glance down the bullet points on the class descriptions and try and gauge which level seems to fit with where you’d like to be in 12-18 months.

Which Tutor?

Student numbers is the key factor in hiring tutors. Tutors own circumstances during Covid-19 will also impact which tutor will be available at your level. We are piloting some face to face classes in College this term and keeping online available in every skill level. It is possible you will not get your favourite tutor, as we will hire tutors to match student numbers. We can say for certain that you will get one of Scotland’s top tutors.  Please support GFW in this tricky time and sign up for your class now.

FIDDLE CLASS

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

CLASSWORK  

FAB  Absolute Beginners

Jamie Smith

COLLEGE CLASS

This class is for people who have never played the fiddle before.

  • tuning your fiddle
  • holding your fiddle & bow correctly
  • bowing the strings
  • fingering & naming notes
  • learning by ear
  • learning simple tunes

FB1  Beginners 1

Finlay Allison

ONLINE CLASS

Beginners Level


This level is for those who have completed Absolute Beginner level, know how to hold a fiddle and play a tune or two hesitantly and are ready to learn playing more tunes and continue improving understanding and range of tunes.

We have 3 tutors at this level and we will organise the classes to differentiate the various needs of the students. Transfer between levels will be easily done to accommodate your playing level, so it is important that you find the level where you are comfortable but still feeling a challenge

  • playing simple tunes by ear
  • learning simple scales and arpeggios
  • playing a range of different time signatures
  • enjoying an introduction to traditional music styles e.g waltzes, reels, marches, jigs, hornpipes, strathspeys etc.
  • practising simple bowing techniques (eg string crossing)
  • increasing knowledge of traditional music
  • learning/practising simple ornamentations

FB2  Beginners 2

Rua McMillan

ONLINE CLASS

FB3  Beginners 3

Bernadette Kellermann

ONLINE CLASS

FI1  Improvers 1

Trish Strain

COLLEGE CLASS

Improvers Level

 

For those who have completed Beginners level and have developed more confidence and stamina on fiddle e.g. able to play a few simple tunes from memory at a slow pace.


We have 3 tutors at this level and we will organise the classes to differentiate the various needs of the students.Transfer between levels will be easily done and encouraged to accommodate your playing level, so it is important that you find the level where you are comfortable but still feeling challenged.


  • playing more confidently
  • playing more tunes by ear
  • improving tone, fluency, speed
  • extending repertoire e.g waltzes, reels, marches, jigs, hornpipes, strathspeys
  • playing more complex tunes
  • learning simple sets
  • improving your technical skills/ornamentation
  • continuing scales /arpeggios
  • Up to 7 new tunes per term, (depending on which group and what the tutors think can be managed)
  • extending knowledge of different time signatures

FI2  Improvers 2

Graham Mackenzie

COLLEGE CLASS

FI3  Improvers 3

Jeri Foreman

ONLINE CLASS

FP1 - Progress 1

Sandie Forbes

COLLEGE CLASS

Progression Level

 

We have 3 tutors at this level and we will organise the classes to differentiate the various needs of the students. Transfer between levels will be easily done and encouraged to accommodate your playing level, so it is important that you find the level where you are comfortable but still feeling challenged.



  • playing by ear confidently
    playing complex tunes
    using fluent bowing style
    building understanding of range of traditional styles
    playing for performance
    enhancing technical skills, bowing, ornamentaion, harmony
    creating and playing complex sets of tunes
    developing wide range of repertoire
    at the upper level, more than one new tune per week

FP2 - Progress 2

Ryan Young

ONLINE CLASS

FP3 - Progress 3

Dan Thorpe

ONLINE CLASS

 

   

FT1 - Technique 1

Douglas Lawrence

ONLINE CLASS

This is a standalone class
Class postponed for Term 1 2021

Will restart in College once Classroom space is confirmed

 If you would like to join this class in future, please register your interest by dropping a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PLEASE NOTE

It is not expected that students will automatically move up a class level each year/term. Students should remain in the same class until they feel ready to move up to the next level.  Speak to either your own tutor or a Senior Tutor for advice on which level would suit you best. We ask that Students refrain from moving class after week 3 of term to minimise disruption to other learners.


 

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