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Workshops

London Fiddle School
Two 13-week courses for Autumn 2016
at 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
14 Sept - 14 December
(no class 26 October)

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 pete@petecooper.com 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: £120.00 (concessions £80.00)
(by cheque, BACS transfer or in cash)

 

2. American Old Time Fiddle
Intermediate/ Adv. Level
Wednesday evenings, 8.00-9.30pm
14 Sept - 14 December 2016
(no class 26 October)

A friendly class for intermediate, new-to-folk and advanced level players, exploring the traditional fiddle (and 5-string banjo) music of the Appalachian mountains, which has its roots in Britain, Ireland and West Africa. Different tunes from last year! 'With regard to bowing,' Pete writes in 'American Old Time Fiddle Tunes' (Schott ED 13236), 'it is probably as far removed from classical violin as you can get without falling off the edge of the known universe.' He teaches by ear. Written music is emailed to participants, but in the class we play by heart. Just turn up on the first night to enrol or, to reserve a place in advance, email pete@petecooper.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: £140.00 (concessions £97.00)
(by cheque, BACS transfer or in cash)

 

Friday 30 Sept - Sunday 2 October
Pete Cooper
Fiddle Music of Ireland, Scotland & Wales
Benslow Music
Hitchin,
Hertfordshire
website


21-23 October
with Matt Cranitch, Sam Sweeney and Sian Philips, Pete will be teaching at this year’s
Strings at Witney
Henry Box School
Witney
Oxon
website

 

10.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday 6 November
Pete Cooper
Mixed Instruments Workshop
Tulse Hill, South London
Cost £40.00
For more details or to book a place, contact
Hilary Waterfield 07891 561 683
hilarywaterfield(at)gmail.com


Individual Lessons
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 pete@petecooper.com 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.

 

 


Pete Cooper with a young student, Billy Hill



Billy Hill with Dave Arthur and Pete Cooper


 

 

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