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Thursday Evening Complete Beginners 7.00pm- 8.00pm
This zoom classes is suitable for complete beginners on fiddle (violin).   We learn and play at a very slow pace.  All participants are muted except for questions.  Loan instruments are available.  

 

Beginners Advice - click this link to access pages with lots of information you need before you play a note!

This is a zoom class.  Please e mail Jill jillyelliot@gmail.com for the zoom link - it is the same each week for any class or session - please arrive 5-10 minutes early.  As you progress there are several other groups and sessions for you plus the opportunity to play in the Highly Strung Community Band when we can meet again.

This is an introduction to playing fiddle or violin (the same fingering is used for mandolin and tenor banjo - 4 string banjo tuned GDAE - so could be of interest to those starting with these instruments.)

Once you have a violin, absolute beginners will be taken through everything needed to get you off to a flying start, answering all your questions in a special personal or group zoom meeting which is 40 for an hour.  Thereafter it is recommended that you come to the group learning sessions which are 10 for an hour.  We will be working on the tunes on the beginners learning resource page.

If you are weighing up various options on whether to play an instrument and where to learn, I am happy to talk you through the website to show you how to use the audio and visual aids and to answer your questions - just get in touch -  jillyelliot@gmail.com or ring 07515 904 707 

 

Spring Term  2021 - Thursday - January - April

Date

Tunes

Thursday 7th January Tip Top Polka
Thursday 14th January Tip Top Polka - play through Uncle Bernard's and Winster Gallop
Thursday 21st January Tip Top Polka and play three tune in a "set" - Uncle Bernard's, Winster Gallop and Tip Top Polka.  Also made a start on the first half of Maggie in the Woods with new bowing pattern.
Thursday 28th January Warm up with Uncle Bernards, Winster Gallop and Tip Top Polka - then learn Maggie in the Woods first half with bowing.
Thursday 4th February Maggie in the Woods 2nd half and play through Uncle Bernard's
Thursday 11th February  Maggie in the Woods, Winster Gallop, change from Winster Gallop into Tip Top Polka, 1st Q and 1st A of Tip Top Polka with extra notes and joining notes.
Thursday 18th February Uncle Bernard's, change from Uncle Bernard's into Winster Gallop, change into Tip Top Polka.  1st Q and A of Tip Top polka with extra notes and joining up notes.  Learned 1st half of Bear Dance completely by ear - a very busy evening !!
Thursday 25th February Learn 2nd half of Bear Dance - before class try to fill in the missing notes on the tab sheet - download from beginners page.
Thursday 4th March Le Tourment - listen to the tune to familiarise yourself with it - we will learn it phrase by phrase - the recording is on the A-Z tunes index
Thursday 11th March  
Thursday 18th March  
Thursday 25th March  
Thursday 1st April  
Thursday 8th April  
Thursday 15th April  
Thursday 22nd April  
Thursday 29th April  

 

Autumn Term  2020 - Thursday 7pm-8pm - November-December

Date

Tunes

12th November  The parts of the violin, the bow, accessories, tuning, first notes.
19th November Uncle Bernard's - see beginners learning resource page.
26th November  Uncle Bernard's - we have now played the whole tune - we also played 2 octaves in the key of G starting from the open G string and ending on the second finger on the E string
3rd  December  Uncle Bernard's play the whole tune - have a listen to Winster Gallop as it is the next tune we will play
10th December Winster Gallop 
17th December Uncle Bernard's and Winster Gallop
Wednesday 23rd December Highly Strung and Folk Feet Christmas Party 1.45pm - dancing and playing starts at 2pm - 3pm chatting to finish around 3.15pm - email Jill jillyelliot@gmail.com for the programme