Fiddle Symposium presented by GFW
Strathclyde University Union, Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Fiddle Workshop 2018 10:00 – 12:00 Morning Technique Workshop Primarily oriented towards fiddlers wishing to improve their technical abilities, this class will dive deeply into the mechanics of ergonomic, pain-free playing, developing good intonation (ptich), examining bowing patterns that produce a compelling rhythmic groove, and how to develop a beautiful tone. Two or three tunes will be taught with an emphasis on how to pick up new tunes quickly, how to improve one’s speed and fluency, and the best way to practice for maximum results. 12:00 – 12.45 Lunch 12:45 – 2:45 Afternoon Workshop Tunes and Style Several new tunes will be taught (jig, hornpipe, reel, march, strathspey, etc.) while discussing the finer points of authentic traditional styles and a range of appropriate individualisms. Both common ornamentation and advanced bagpipe-style ornamentation will be examined. Performance considerations such as the construction of imaginative tune sets, improvising backup accompaniment, and expounding upon the emotional character of a melody will be explored. 2:45 – 3:15 Tea Social 3:15 – 5:30 Concert & Session Jamie will give a short performance of some of his favorite Celtic and original selections which have won him accolades. A community tune session will then commence in which all participants are invited to participate.