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String Circle fiddle workshops

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The String Circle one-day fiddle workshops are held on the first Saturday of each month in Portobello. You can enrol in all workshops here. The workshops are linked with Portobello Fun Fiddle‘s weekly classes, which have been running since 2003.


Join the String Circle fiddle workshops to learn fiddle technique in a fun and relaxed group. Find out more about how the workshops run.

Venue: Tribe Porty, 19 Windsor Place, Portobello EH152AJ

Workshops: 1st Saturday of the month

Time: 10am – 4pm

Dates: All workshops run on the first Saturday of the month. Each workshop has a general focus, but there is also plenty of time to explore issues that arise in the course of the day.

Saturday 4th June: Playing together

I’m taking a break in July and August. Workshops will restart in September!

Saturday 3rd September: topic tbc

Saturday 1st October: topic tbc

“A journey of 1000 miles start3rd Septembers with a single step”

Workshop prices: (includes a simple ‘soup & bread’ lunch)

Full price £40

Concession: £30


To attend a workshop, enrol online before 6pm the night before the workshop date.

How to enrol in the String Circle fiddle workshops

Learn to play the fiddle in Edinburgh

Photo ©Ros Gasson 2013

In these friendly workshops we’ll be focusing on producing better tone from the fiddle, and developing relaxed playing with a strong sense of rhythm, rather than learning tunes. Some of the tunes we do learn will be common Scottish session tunes. The classes can help you with particular issues that you would like to work on. We play and learn new tunes by ear. Written music is available online after each workshop, as a reminder.

“Really useful advice on bowhold and pulse. Also tips for the left hand – already making a difference!”

The String Circle workshops are open to adult fiddle (violin) players aged 18 years and over, and are suitable for people who have been playing for a few years, who are able to learn by ear. We’ll be exploring many aspects of playing technique, aiming to build players’ ability to play more fluidly, and develop their own style.

“You created a really good atmosphere – very positive. We both left with a buzz!” JMcK

If you’d like to find out more about what we do in the workshops, there are notes written from previous classes on the  fiddle class update page, which include brief details of what we worked on during previous terms. The one day workshops will each have a specific focus.

Ros Gasson has been teaching String Circle fiddle classes since 2009.

“I really enjoyed the classes, the atmosphere and the friendship.

I felt it was exactly what I needed” JG

Page last updated April 2016