Shetland Fiddle music Intermediate
Course with Jenna Reid.
Fee £24.99 (inc VAT). *
*When you purchase this course you will be redirected to a page where you can download the lessons and materials. This will happen within 24 hours of your
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Jenna Reid takes us on a journey to learn
the Shetland fiddle style. You learn 6 tunes (3 reels, 1 march,
1 jig and a beautiful slow air). After studying these lessons
with Jenna you will be a better fiddler. She concentrates on bowing,
string positions, unisons etc that sound great in tunes. 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.
Listen to a FREE
fiddle music sample of Jenna playing.
Lesson Plan Lesson 1: Traditional Tune – Da Fashion
o da Delting Lasses.
This traditional tune is the key of D major and has 2 parts. Both
repeated. For this tune we focused on ‘ringing strings’
and the use of the down bow giving the tune drive and ‘lift’.
A great example of Shetlands traditional dance music and also
a great example of the musical links between Shetland and Norway.
Lesson 2: Gideon Stove – ‘Willie
be wast da Loch’
This is a tune in A minor and has two parts. It was written by
Gideon Stove who was known as the ‘Shetland Violinist’
he was a great fiddler, as well as being a member of the Lerwick
Orchestra. His tunes are written both in the traditional and contempary
style, delving into position work, and other more complex techniques.
Lesson 3: Ian Burns – ‘Barbara Elmsie’
A jig in the key of D major. This time we’ve looked at the
bowing used to make the jig swing, and we’ve done this by
slurring bows over the bar. It’s a more of a contempary
tune as jigs a relatively new to the Shetland tradition, however
they are becoming very popular, as new compositions are written.
Lesson 4: Gideon Stove– ‘The Carnival
This march has 2 parts and is in the key of A major. This tune
looks at several different disciplines. This includes 4th finger
exercises and string crossing movements. Along side this we also
looked at the position of both our left and right arms and the
movement of our wrist on our right hand.
Lesson 5: Willie Hunter – The Slow Air
– ‘The Love o the Isles’
The slow air is probably one of the most complex performance tunes
within the tradition. In this 2 part tune in D major, we’ve
covered many areas. Those included, keeping a smooth tone, and
continual sound throughout the performance, without breaking the
‘curve’ of the music. Working on dynamics, 3rd position
work – where necessary. The speed and conservation of the
bow movement, both fast and slow. These are all areas that are
to be taken on board when playing a slow air.
Lesson 6: Jenna Reid – ‘Courland’
This is one of my own tunes. It’s a reel in G major and
has two parts. I’ve tried to write it in the traditional
style, using techniques like ringing strings. Look out for the
down bow as my basic rule is to play a down bow with a down beat,
this will give you rhythm and ‘lift’ whilst playing.
Hailing from Shetland, Jenna Reid
grew up immersed in the islands rich fiddle tradition.
At the age of nine, she began to learn the fiddle, and was taught
by the late Dr Tom Anderson. When fiddle tuition became available
in schools, Jenna studied with the late Willie Hunter and was
under his direction until the age of 13; during that time she
was a prominent prize-winner in the 'Shetlands Young Fiddler of
the Year Competition' and by the age of 14 had won both the intermediate
and open sections of this annual competition. Through this success
she was subsequently invited to compete in the Glennfiddich Fiddle
Competition. Whilst still at school Jenna also took lessons from
Trevor Hunter and Margaret Scollay. In addition to playing the
fiddle, Jenna also studied classical piano.
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
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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