String Circle fiddle workshops

Learn to play fiddle in Edinburgh



I’m taking a break from running the String Circle fiddle workshops. I’ll post my plans for developments soon!

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 class at Fun Fiddle from September 2018. The classes run 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.

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.



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

Fiddle 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’ve covered 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 December 2017