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  • Bill Taylor – Music from the Rowallan Lute Book for Wire-strung Clarsach

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 10:00 am Sun, 11 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    To a certain extent, players of harps and lutes shared a common repertoire across Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries, and this was certainly the case in Scotland. The Rowallan Lute Book is the oldest source of Scottish lute music, dating c. 1612-18, and contains delightful Continental and Scottish tunes. We will explore playing several contrasting tunes using historical damping techniques. Some pieces are decidedly French; others are undoubtedly Scottish; some are reminiscent of the mysterious ‘ports’ found in other lute books. All sizes of wire-strung clarsach are welcome.

    Four sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 10:00-11:15
    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 10:00-11:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15

    Corrina Hewat – Exercises can be Fun!

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 10:00 am Sun, 11 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    Corrina will be working through some of the exercises she uses on a daily basis for herself and with her students to support the learning of Scottish music. Can exercises really be fun? She will help you develop the exercises to match your level of ability, incorporate ornamentation within them, make them more of a joy to play than a chore by extending them into more musical pieces which you will enjoy. The basic exercises will be written out with ideas on how to develop, but the majority of the development will be done hands-on during the course.

    Four sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 10:00-11:15
    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 10:00-11:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:00

    Park Stickney – Jazz Harp: Fun for All (without any Existential Crises)

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 10:00 am Sun, 11 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    In this virtual, yet hands-on, up-close class, we’ll use a harpful of jazz standards as a means to explore jazz techniques and theory (writ large), and (let’s just say it), some generally interesting musical ideas. Here’s a non-comprehensive list: improvisation, comping, lever/pedal slides, harmonic risk-taking (and risk-management), rhythmic epistemology (don’t panic!), and, judging from this description, “stream-of-consciousness”-hyphen-use combined with a freewheeling approach to punctuation and musical reality. 

    Four sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 10:00-11:15
    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 10:00-11:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15

    Wendy Stewart – Notes for Spring

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 10:00 am Sun, 11 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    Especially for our online class, Wendy has arranged a set of two Scottish tunes per day that, taken carefully but steadily, will flow together under the fingers. Join her on this mini musical odyssey from reflective to lively, from minor to major and from dark to light.

    Four sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 10:00-11:15
    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 10:00-11:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15