Class Levels - where should I go?
The fiddle classes at Blazin' in Beauly are split into 4 abilities, from 'Gentle Paced' to 'Super Advanced'. Classes are taught by ear, with music available eat t he end of the course.The approximate standard for each class is as follow:
For those who can play a couple of simple tunes at a slow pace.
For those able to play reasonable number of tunes at a steady pace, with some simple bowing and ornamentation. You should be reasonably comfortable playing in A major, D Major, G Major, A minor, B minor and E minor. =
This class will go at a faster pace, and will include a range of keys and positions, intricate bowing and ornamentation - you should be comfortable playing 'at speed' in most keys.
This class will be more of a masterclass format, looking at individual students playing styles, as well as learning tunes together. This class is for advanced players and is limited to 10 places only.
Anna's guitar class will be aimed at an upper intermediate to advanced level and will be in standard tuning. Participants should already have an understanding of basic chords. We'll look at flat-picking (playing the melody on the guitar) as well as accompaniment styles and rhythm work.
We will spend the week mostly looking at piano accompaniment for tunes. During the sessions we'll go over how to build chords, what inversions to use, techniques to predict what chords work with different tunes & rhythm ideas for reels, jigs, marches and waltzes. We'll also spend some time learning a few tunes together and how to accompany them yourself.
It's a really relaxed class and one that I can adapt to individuals needs as the week progresses.
All levels welcome.
*you'll need your own keyboard
What if I pick the wrong level?
Due to strict limits on numbers, unfortunately you will NOT be able to move class this year, but don't worry if you don't quite have every note, slur, ornament or technique at the end of the classes - all of these things can be worked on at home. We'll have all the music up in the 'Dots etc" section as the week progresses, and you're more than welcome to record/film in class*.
*for personal use only (no youtube!)