All Students are expected to bring their own instrument.
In this class we’ll be looking at different types of tunes from the Highlands and North West coast of Scotland in the main and the stylistic means to play them, focusing on grace notes and articulation to give your playing authenticity and swing.
Particular attention will be paid to tunes and idioms from Gaelic ‘puirt a’ beul’ music and the piping tradition, music perhaps seldom heard very widely. We’ll also talk about the background of the tunes and discuss the regional musical styles of Scotland.
Teaching will be primarily by ear but sheet music for the tunes covered will be provided, where possible, during classes. All sheet music will be provided by the end of the camp.
The reason for this distinction is that it will allow us greater flexibility within the class. If we’re enjoying a particular type of tune we can maybe look at another similar one, for example, rather than sticking to prepared tunes the whole time.
It will be very useful for you to have some kind of audio recorder (be it on your phone or a dictaphone) for future reference.
About our 2020 Fiddle Instructor
Alasdair White is an exceptional exponent of West-coast Scottish music and is widely regarded as one of the foremost Scottish fiddler players of his generation.