String Circle fiddle workshops

Learn to play fiddle in Edinburgh

The String Circle one-day fiddle workshops are held on the first Saturday of each month in Portobello, Edinburgh. You can enrol in all workshops here. The workshops are linked with Portobello Fun Fiddle’s weekly classes. I’ll be teaching a weekly Absolute Beginners and  Improving Beginners classes at Fun Fiddle from January 2018. The class runs on Thursday evenings during the school term at the Wash House in Portobello.

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

Time: 10am – 4pm

Dates: All workshops run on the first Saturday of the month.


Each workshop focuses on a particular area of technique, but there’s also plenty of time to explore issues that arise in the course of the day.

Saturday 2nd September: Tone and tuning – what can you do to improve your tone, and confidently play in tune

Saturday 7th October: Effective practicing – how to make the most of the time you have available to practice, so you see improvements in your playing

Saturday 4th November: Playing up to speed – how to play tunes faster without losing control of the tempo

Saturday 2nd December: Bowing patterns. Using bowing patterns to create interesting rhythms in the tunes you play.


Saturday 6th January: topic tbc. The tutor for this workshop will be Gregor Borland

Saturday 3rd February: topic tbc

Saturday 3rd March: topic tbc

“A journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step”

Workshop prices: (includes a simple lunch)

Full price £42

Concession: £31


To attend a workshop, enrol online before 10pm the night before the workshop date.

How to enrol in the String Circle fiddle workshops

Fidde class, 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. 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, and 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 workshops on the  fiddle workshop update page, which include brief details of what we worked on during previous sessions. The one day workshops each have a specific focus.

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

“I really enjoyed the classes, the atmosphere and the friendship. I felt it was exactly what I needed” JG

Page last updated July 2017