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Good beginner fiddle tunes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by allan cairns Feb 23, 2013. 12 Replies

Hi All,Anyone recommend some good fiddle tunes for a beginner?So far I have:Glenside polka (no 1)Britches Full of StitchesStar of the County DownThanksIanContinue

Name for this polka?

Started this discussion. Last reply by frank p mcenroe May 22, 2012. 5 Replies

Anyone know the name of this polka (if it has one)?
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5405164/Wiston%20Polka.mp3ThanksIan Continue

BLAS Summer School in Limerick

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian Wilson Mar 20, 2012. 2 Replies

Has anyone here been to the BLAS Summer School, of know of anyone who has? What sort of age ranges attend?  I was thinking of going, but dont really want to be the only middle-aged bloke amongst a…Continue

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Ian Wilson replied to Enda Seery's discussion Whistle & Flute Tunes Blog
"Great idea!  Keep the tunes coming :-) Ian"
Jul 7, 2013
Ian Wilson replied to Gordon Paterson's discussion keys on Irish flutes in the group Flute Players
"From my somewhat limited experience, I think pin-mounted keys give you more room for your fingers.   I use a pipers grip on my right hand, and the pin mounted keys seem to get in the way less.    (I dont have a keyed flute,…"
Jul 7, 2013
Ian Wilson liked Dulahan's blog post Drowsy Maggie without ornamentation as an aid to learning it on fiddle.
Apr 20, 2013
Ian Wilson replied to Tony Lawless's discussion Best phone Apps for traditional Irish music.
"Yes, there is a relatively recent Windows/Mac program called Riffstation: http://www.riffstation.com/ I think its written by those clever Dublin Uni people who developed Tunepal. Ian"
Apr 1, 2013
Ian Wilson replied to Tony Lawless's discussion Best phone Apps for traditional Irish music.
"One excellent resource is Spotify.   However there is no way to slow down any tunes you find there and would like to learn. If you have an Apple Mac then there is a neat little app called "Wavtap" that "listens" in on…"
Mar 31, 2013
Ian Wilson and Tom Morley are now friends
Feb 26, 2013
Ian Wilson left a comment for Tom Morley
"Hi Tom,The Greenmantle session is no more.    There's a much better session I go to in the Canons Gait pub on the Royal Mile, Wednesdays 9pm.    Its pretty big - 10-20 players, mostly fiddlers - but the pub has…"
Feb 26, 2013
Tom Morley left a comment for Ian Wilson
"Ian, there are plenty of good tunes for the intermediate player! I'd recommend many of the same ones that others have suggested. Actually, I've recently published an instructional book/cd set for fiddlers called 'Learn to Play Irish…"
Feb 26, 2013
allan cairns replied to Ian Wilson's discussion Good beginner fiddle tunes?
"i use magnets but might not work on thick books allan"
Feb 23, 2013
Paul Ivory replied to Ian Wilson's discussion Good beginner fiddle tunes?
"Hi Jack, Why not give Paul a shout.  He's based on the North side, not too far from the city centre.  Here's a link to his web site http://www.irishfiddle.ie/contact/   Paul"
Feb 12, 2013
Jack Healy replied to Ian Wilson's discussion Good beginner fiddle tunes?
"Hi, I'm learning fiddle too and the Paul McNevin DVD is really good, you can get it in Waltons on George's St Dublin. Does anyone know of a good fiddle teacher in Dublin (city centre)? Thanks Jack"
Feb 12, 2013
Kevin Madden replied to Ian Wilson's discussion Good beginner fiddle tunes?
"I have taught for many years on the fiddle and I always try to get them playing simple tunes to get a good rhythm into the music as this is essential tunes like Rosemary Lane, Paddy's Return, trip to athlone as jigs keep it simple"
Feb 10, 2013
Maurice McGrath liked Ian Wilson's discussion Good beginner fiddle tunes?
Feb 7, 2013
Michael McCollum replied to Ian Wilson's discussion Good beginner fiddle tunes?
"I take my music books to an office supply store where they convert them to spiral bound for about 5 dollars. Money well spent!"
Feb 7, 2013
Vicki Gish replied to Ian Wilson's discussion Good beginner fiddle tunes?
"The Sunny Banks & The Blacksmith's Daughter are simple reels that have a lot of room to grow with you. I love them! I learned them in a workshop that had beginners to advanced fiddle players, taught by Sean Clohessey.  "
Feb 6, 2013
Paul Ivory replied to Ian Wilson's discussion Good beginner fiddle tunes?
"I got a Kinsman music stand. It has little wire gadgets for keeping books open. You should be able to get one for less than 20 quid. Either that or do a load of photocopying!! P"
Feb 3, 2013

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Edinburgh
Your County or State
Scotland
What Instrument ( inc Voice ) Do You Play ?
Flute. I currently own two flutes - an Olwell Nicholson, and a Martin Doyle. Both keyless.
What level are you at ?
Intermediate Level 1 (1-5 years)

Greenmantle Session, Edinburgh

I attend a pub session in the Greenmantle Pub, West Crosscauseway, Edinburgh on Monday evenings starting at around 8.45pm.

It’s a small, friendly, informal group (improving beginner/intermediate level), and new members are welcome to come along and join in. The Greenmantle Pubis a Shetland pub, and the owners love having traditional music in the bar.

The music is a mix of Scottish and Irish tunes.  I maintain a tunebook for the session, which can be found here.  http://greenmantle.iwilson.co.uk  Playing from the music is fine.

Bennetts Session, Edinburgh

There is also a session in Bennetts Bar, Tollcross, on Wednesdays from 9pm thats also aimed at the improver/intermediate level.   This is mostly attended by people coming from the Scots Music Group classes at Boroughmuir High School.  Most of the tunes played are from the SMG tunebooks and Nigel Gatherer's Joy of Sets books.

 

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At 4:59 on February 26, 2013, Tom Morley said…

Ian, there are plenty of good tunes for the intermediate player! I'd recommend many of the same ones that others have suggested. Actually, I've recently published an instructional book/cd set for fiddlers called 'Learn to Play Irish Trad Fiddle' that includes 50 classic tunes of every type, from jigs & reels to polkas, hornpipes & slow air/waltzes. It's for fiddlers obviously but the tunes are adaptable for most any instrument, flute included. The CD includes every tune in the book, played at comfortable tempos, so one can learn from the printed music, by ear with the CD, or a combination of both. AND it's spiral-bound so it stays open on your music stand! You might want to check it out at the companion website: www.irishtradfiddle.com.

I'm going to be in Edinburgh for the first time this summer, from June 12-16th, coming over from Ireland where I'll be leading a group of my adult fiddle students on a fun trip to play at special sessions in pubs, hosted by other trad players who are friends of mine. Maybe a visit to the Greenmantle is in order once I wind up in Scotland!!

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