london fiddle school
Practical Fiddle Classes in Traditional Fiddle with Pete Cooper
Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent’s Park Road
London NW1 7AY
1. British & Irish Fiddle Tunes
Basic-plus Level (Grade 2 or equivalent)
Wednesday evenings, 6.30-7.45pm 13 April – 13 July (No class on 18 May No class on 1 June)
Learn traditional jigs, reels, polkas, hornpipes etc. from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and elsewhere - and play them by heart! Pete teaches a new tune each week by ear, focusing on rhythm, bowing and intonation. The course is for less experienced players, but NOT for complete beginners. (Pete teaches beginners one on one – please see website or contact him for details.) You should already be able to play a few simple tunes, be fluent in the scales and arpeggios of A, D and G and maybe know the letter names of the notes in first position. Written music is emailed, but not used in class. Just turn up on the first night to enrol or, to reserve a place in advance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8340 7760.
If you're new to Pete's classes, enjoy a free session to see what it's like - bring your instrument. If you decide to join, sign up and pay the next week.
Cost: £110.00 (concessions £75.00)
(by cheque, BACS transfer or in cash)
2. Fiddles in Performance
Intermediate/ Adv. Level
Wednesday evenings, 8.00-9.30pm 13 April – 13 July (No class on 18 May No class on 1 June)
A friendly class for intermediate, new-to-folk and advanced level players. We'll work towards group performances, including Islington Folk Club on Thursday 16 June, learning a new tune each week by ear (from various folk traditions), as well as revisiting favourites from other recent classes - American Old Time, Irish, Scottish etc. We'll also study chords and develop harmony and rhythm parts. Stagefright? We'll look at performance anxiety, too, and how to deal with it. Written music is emailed, but in class we play by heart. Just turn up on the first night to enrol or, to reserve a place in advance, email email@example.com or call him on 020 8340 7760.
If you're new to Pete's classes, come for a free session to see what it's like - bring your instrument. If you decide to join, sign up and pay the next week.
Cost: £130.00 (concessions £90.00)
(by cheque, BACS transfer or in cash)
Friday 3 - Sunday 5 June Folk Fiddling by Ear Benslow Music
Sunday 31 July - Saturday 6 August Pete Cooper will be teaching/ performing at Harald Haugaard’s International Summer School Breklum,
20-26 August Rattle on the Stovepipe Whitby Folk Week
Pete will give a fiddle workshop website
2-4 September Pete Cooper Fiddle Workshops Wallingford Bunkfest
London Fiddle School Two 13-week courses for Autumn 2016
at Cecil Sharp House 14 Sept - 14 December
(no class 26 October)
Course details to be announced
Friday 30 Sept - Sunday 2 October Pete Cooper Fiddle Music of Ireland, Scotland & Wales
Pete teaches fiddle (and mandolin) on weekdays and weekday evenings at 3 Astra House, 53 Mount Pleasant Villas, Stroud Green, London N4 4HB. Total beginners and near beginners welcome, as are basic level, intermediate, new-to-folk and advanced players, including children (generally aged nine or above).
Cost: £50.00 per one-hour lesson, £37.50 per 45-minute lesson, £25.00 per half-hour.
You may wish to bring along a recording device; Pete also has written music available. Inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call him: landline 020 8340 7760 or mobile 07960 329527
Getting to Astra House You can bring your bicycle into the hallway. There's free street parking for cars, except noon to 2.00pm when you can park round the back.
Public Transport: Take the Wells Terrace exit from Finsbury Park overground/ London Underground (Victoria & Piccadilly lines) station. It's a brisk fifteen minute walk to Astra House, or take the W3 or W7 bus. Get off the W3 at Ossian Road stop, walk down Ossian Road to the T-junction at the end and turn right up the hill. Or get off the W7 before the top of Crouch Hill, turn right along Mountview Road, then first right down Mount Pleasant Villas. From Crouch Hill overground rail station walk up Crouch Hill, turn right on Blythwood Road and left up Mount Pleasant Villas. Lost? Pete doesn't pick the phone while teaching, but try calling him anyway on 020 8340 7760, or text 07960 329527.