Session Tunes Intermediate Fiddle music Course with Anna-Wendy Stevenson.
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Anna-Wendy takes 6 well-known session
tunes and teaches you not only how to play them (we mean
really play them!) with the techniques, bowings and ornamentations
as used by the great players giving you the tools to create the
sound of your favourite traditional fiddlers. This is an invaluable
course for learning the tricks of the trade, boosting your know-how
as a player, and, one which can set you on the path to becoming
a fine and more confident fiddler in those sessions. Included
in this fantastic package is all the written music for download
plus the unique opportunity to chat and discuss issues with the
teacher through scheduled live web chats; what’s more, there
is unlimited access to lessons and live text chats for 1 year
so that you can learn at your own pace.
Learn how to sound like your favourite
Play the tunes you learn in 2 sets.
Listen to a FREE
fiddle music sample of Anna-Wendy playing some
of the tunes you will learn.
Lesson 1: Jenny Dang the Weaver. This is a very popular
session tune in Scotland. In the key of D major, it is also a
single reel lasting 16 bars. This tune can be found with words
in Gaelic Horo Ghoid Thu Nighean.and in Scots the song Jenny Dang
the Weaver was recorded by Jock Tamson’s Bairns. This tune
is a great one for practicing crispy triplets. I also take you
through some simple bowings and a couple of variations.
Lesson 2: The Famous Bridge
(also known as The Twisted Bridge) – probably one of the
only times you’ll be playing in the time signature of 6/4.
This catchy number written in the pipe scale of A is an old tune
played all over Scotland today. Very repetitive, it is a great
one for looking at bowing and grace notes in order to make it
swing. I will show you some bowing that I use as well as some
tips on triplets.
Lesson 3: Snug in a Blanket.
I teach this jig in D major. Sometimes you will hear it play in
G major – that’s no problem just shift down a string
– same fingering. This is an old pipe jig and very popular
today – great for playing for the dance Strip the Willow.
I will teach you how to swing a jig with the use of some simple
slurs. I will also show you some pipe influenced grace notes and
excersises to help them get under your fingers.
Lesson 4: The Battle of
Waterloo – this march is a session winner in the key of
a minor. A pipe tune played the country over by most instruments,
some people repeat the A part, some do not. If you are in a session
you just have to listen out to whoever is leading it – it’s
their choice. In this tune I’ll teach you the key grace
notes to make this march swing.
Lesson 5: The Ale is Dear.
Ale is Dear is a catchy tune in B minor, often heard in Scottish
sessions. This is a single reel – the tune lasts 16 bars
– many reels are the standard 32 bars in length. In this
tune we are looking at clean string crossing in the A part as
well as the use of a couple of simple grace notes throughout.
I give some bowing that I may use which is good practice for gaining
good control of the bow for both up and down bows. I also introduce
the grace note which I like to describe as the “lazy note”.
Lesson 6: Highland Whisky
– this strathspey is great for looking at rhythm and variation.
It’s a well-known tune in the key of A major. I teach you
what a scotch snap is and give you some ideas for variation. I
also demonstrate some bowing possibilities, which I use to help
keep the rhythm steady and springy at the same time.
is the third generation in a line of composer/performer, from
her grandfather Ronald Stevenson through Savourna Stevenson to
Anna-Wendy herself. After winning a scholarship to lead an orchestra
in Texas, Anna-Wendy returned to her native Edinburgh to pursue
her love for Scottish fiddling. Quickly snapped up by globe- trotting
folk group Anam, Anna-Wendy has toured the US, Japan and Europe's
major festivals. She has since helped form all girl quartet Calluna
(who's pure sound of flute, clarsach, fiddle and voice has graced
many a festival) and trio Fine Friday with whom she has enjoyed
great success: BBC 'up and coming' nominees, many tours including
Australia's major festivals and extensive work with Yehudi Menuin's
"Live Music Now' scheme.
Also a respected and sought after teacher,
Anna-Wendy has been a senior tutor for all of Scotland's educational
organizations (Adult Learning Project, Glasgow Fiddle Workshop,
Lochgoil Fiddle Workshop, Feis). And, in 2005 she was invited
to teach and lecture at the prestigious Swannanaoa Gathering in
the USA. Anna-Wendy's distinctive sound is a product of classical
expertise and traditional passion. These two strengths have opened
many doors to Anna-Wendy both as an orchestral leader and as an
internationally traveled ‘fiddler'.
Her CD Gowd
and Silver with her grandfather Ronald Stevenson of his arrangements
of traditional Scottish music for fiddle and a solo
album were both released in 2005.
For our online teaching to work you will have to have Windows
Media Player installed on your computer. This comes with Windows.
If you are a Mac user you can download it here.
You will also need a fast internet connection (adsl, broadband),
and speakers connected to your computer so you can hear it (these
can take the form of computer speakers (connected from your sound
card) or headphones). These lessons are not downloaded to your
computer - they are streamed from our internet servers. If you
have any questions please contact us.
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