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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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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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