Online fiddle lessons from Scottish fiddlers
Scotland has so many musicians, included many talented fiddle players and tutors. When the Coronavirus pandemic started, most musicians saw the bulk of their work disappear. Over the last few weeks many have started offering online teaching. It’s created a fantastic opportunity for people from anywhere in the world to learn about Scottish fiddle playing, and to pick up tips from some of our top players, and a lovely opportunity for those of us who play to continue to support musicians through this time.
The list below is people I am aware of who are teaching online. If you know of any other Scottish fiddle players who are offering online lessons, please contact me to give me their details, and I’ll add them to the list.
Gregor Borland: Focuses on the techniques which will really bring the tunes alive
Judy Nicolson: Scottish player with strong Shetland influences http://judinicolson.com
Kirstie Mclanaghan: Sheet music and technique videos available at the end of each lesson to help with private practice
Rua MacMillan: Online lessons for all ages and abilities, with a focus on highland fiddle/ornamentation/bowing and FUN!
Claire Gulligan: All abilities welcome
Bernadette Kellerman: Lessons tailored to individual needs and can focus on expanding repertoire, technical aspects such as bowing and ornamentation, as well as performance practice and composition.
Margaret Robertson: Shetland fiddler – lessons to suit all ages and stages.
Kevin Henderson: Glowing Shetland music.
Kriss Moulder: Tuition towards Grades, SQA performance, competition and tattoo performance as appropriate, with musicianship of technique, aural and sight reading skills.
These organisations are running some online fiddle teaching in groups. Follow the links to find out more on their websites
Learn to play the fiddle – other resources
Here’s some links to other online learning resources, including videos online where you can learn Scottish tunes from recordings of the tunes played slowly or in phrases, videos teaching technique and other music skills.
On this website: Information on some of the basic techniques for starting out playing the fiddle
Riddell Fiddles: Tunes taught broken down into phrases http://www.riddellfiddles.co.uk/index.php/riddell-fiddles-online/
Fiona Cuthill: Tunes played slowly for learning
Katherine Liley: Tutorial videos on different aspects of playing/learning
Kevin Henderson: Patreon page. Select a level to access tunes, recordings and video tutorials.
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