Absolute Beginners Class

Thursday 15th February
Mid-term break

Thursday 8th February
Tonight we worked on keeping the bow perpendicular to the strings throughout the bow stroke. We also played the D scale, and then looked at how to transfer the weight of the arm into the bow, to help the bow hair to really connect with the fiddle string at the start of the note.

After the mid-term break we’ll learn the tune ‘The Fairy Lullaby’

Thursday 1st February
Tonight we looked at how to tune the fiddle using the fine adjusters. Click on the link to find out more about how to tune your fiddle.

We tried out playing the notes in the scale of D, starting on the open D string.  Find out more about scales and how to find the correct finger positions for the scale of D.

 

We also learnt an accompanying riff to play with the tune Loch Ruan, a Fun Fiddle favourite. We revisited the bow hold, and fiddle hold, and spent some time working on playing this  riff in time with one another in the group.

Thursday 25th January

We spent some more time going over the bow hold, and how to move the bow and keep it perpendicular to the fiddle strings throughout the length of the bow stroke.

We also played open Ds, working on keeping a steady tempo with the notes, and playing in time with each other.

Thursday 18th January

In our first absolute beginners fiddle class this term we looked at the bow hold and how to hold the fiddle.

Bow hold for fiddle players
How to hold the fiddle bow
Photo ©Ros Gasson

We also tried out playing the open strings, using the full length of the the bow to play each note, and working on keeping the bow perpendicular to the fiddle strings throughout the length of the bow stroke.