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  • Cheyenne Brown – Funky Scottish Music

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    We will be learning a combination of modern and traditional Scottish tunes with catchy melodies and funky and fun arrangements. The tunes will be specially chosen to fit well under your fingers, with memorable phrases and accessible fingering. We will do lots of repetitions of each phrase and concentrate on finger patterns and placing to help secure the tunes in your muscle memory. Add some great new tunes to your repertoire at a gentle pace with lots of smiles!

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15

    Eira Lynn Jones – Pedal Progress

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    This course is now sold out; but check out Eira’s Masterclass, as well as her concert with Anne Denholm.

    Do you want to develop your pedal harp progress? Then this course will be your whistle-stop tour of all things pedal. On the itinerary: new exercises for fingers and feet; an exploration of extended techniques via graphic scores; and a unique guide on learning the pedal harp repertoire’s greatest hits. Eira’s enthusiasm will steer you towards your next level. Come join the pedal harp party and let’s play and learn together.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15

    Elinor Evans – Borrowing Tunes!

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    As musicians we take inspiration from a variety of resources. This is especially true for the clarsach as most of the old repertoire was lost. Nevertheless, we can recreate “original” music for the harp by borrowing tunes from other traditional instruments such as fiddle or pipes. On this course, Elinor will teach her own arrangements of some of her favourite tunes from Scotland, as well as discussing the sources of the tunes to help you to find new tunes to arrange yourselves.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15
    £42.00

    Esther Swift – Improvising and Composing

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    Having had the chance to hone this course online, Esther has found that improvising can be even more liberating in the comfort of your own home. Following a series of riffs and simple tunes, we will be creative together. We will learn simple rhythmic and melodic tricks to help you feel confident and grounded in improvisation and in writing music of your own.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15
    £42.00

    Heather Yule – Exploring ideas for accompanying the spoken word

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    Instrumental music, art and dance are all art forms that tell stories without words. Accompanying words – be it a song, a poem or a story – is just an extension of the many ways we strive to convey emotion and a sense of narrative when we play our harps. We will delve into interesting harp techniques and develop them into variations and motifs perfect for weaving with the spoken word. It is great fun to play around with language, rhythm, range, chord textures, tonality, dynamics and tempo of both the spoken word and the music. Often the simplest patterns and ideas are the most effective. 

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15
    £42.00

    Isobel Mieras – Post Beginners

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    This course is for those who have had a few lessons, who may be self-taught or who just want to go back to basics. Through simple tunes and a few exercises gently taught we will establish good basic technique to improve tone, while taking care of your hands. We will look at useful time-saving practice tips for those with busy lives and discover how the use of simple chord patterns can make an interesting, musical and successful performance. While written notation will be supplied, there is no requirement to be able to read music to enjoy this course to the full.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15
    £42.00

    Maeve Gilchrist – Advanced Technique

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    This workshop is for those who have the fundamentals down but are looking to go deeper into finger dexterity, sound-control and looking to find more ease with the instrument. We will tackle finger-strengthening exercises, jumps, slides and speed-playing techniques across both hands with a focus on breath, weight-distribution and lightness. Think of this as a boot camp for technique and be prepared to try new things, let go of old-hang-ups and get more connected to your instrument.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15

    Patsy Seddon – Exploring Modes through Scottish Tunes

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    This is a course for those who tried to untangle modes but just got tied up in knots! We will learn some Scottish traditional tunes and uncover the modes in them and also look at the harmonic possibilities.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15
    £42.00

    Rachel Hair – Simply Scottish Harp

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    This course is now sold out, but there’s still space on Rachel’s morning course (10:00-11:15)

    Scottish music has simply spectacular sound – sprightly strathspeys and roaring reels to joyful jigs and wistful waltzes, these fantastic types of tunes all contribute to it’s culture dearly loved throughout the world. We’ll learn selection of them, both old and new, working first on the melody and then progressing to left hand accompaniments, all whilst learning about the stories and history behind them. Music will be taught by ear with the music provided at the end of each session.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15

    Tom Daun – Rural Dance Music in Baroque times

    Sat, 10 April 2021 @ 4:00 pm Mon, 12 April 2021 @ 5:15 pm BST

    Only a few years ago a German music scholar discovered fascinating music manuscripts containing dance tunes of the late 18th century. Johann Dahlhoff was a village musician in Westphalia who wrote down hundreds of popular tunes of his time. The repertoire ranges from elegant Baroque Bourrées to stomping rural dances. Many of the melodies are related to French, Dutch, Danish and English tunes of the same time. And all of them sound gorgeous on harp.

    Three sessions:

    • Saturday 10th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Sunday 11th April, 16:00-17:15
    • Monday 12th April, 16:00-17:15