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Workshops

London Fiddle School
Online
Pete is currently teaching via Zoom only. Course participants receive an audio recording before each week’s class. He teaches the tune by ear during the ninety-minute session, then sends out written music and a video afterwards. Learning by ear may sound daunting if you have only ever played from written music, but Pete’s method ‘seems to somehow high-speed and hardwire the music into the brain’ - (Sheila Hill, The Guardian). Newcomers to Pete’s teaching are welcome to a ‘taster’ session, no obligation, before deciding whether or not to join a course. 

For 'reunion' sessions, videos are not available, but written music can be sent in advance on request.

How to enrol
To enrol, please email pete@petecooper.com and specify which course (or courses) you wish to join. Please pay by bank transfer, or by PayPal from outside the UK. Sadly, Pete is no longer able to process cash or cheques. Once your payment is received, you are added to the email group list for that course, and will receive a Zoom invitation before each session. Tune up your fiddle, click on the link a few minutes before the class and we're ready to go.

If you are new to Zoom, fear not, it's easy. Go to zoom.us to download the Zoom app to your laptop, desktop, tablet, smartphone or other device.

 

 Pete teaching on Zoom


Early Summer 2021 Courses
The 10-week course European Tunes course which began in January continues until 24 March. You can still join for the remaining sessions. Please email Pete for more details. 

 
Fiddles in Harmony: European Traditions
Wednesdays 7.30-9.00pm (London time)
…24 February to 24 March
Playing level: Lower Intermediate/ Advanced

Learn tunes by ear in a variety of dance rhythms, from horas to minuets, and second parts to accompany them. In the first half of  term we studied (and harmonised) tunes from France, Denmark, Sweden, Macedonia and the Klezmer tradition. More to come. An audio recording of each week's tune is emailed to participants before the class; notation and a video are sent out afterwards. 

Cost: Please email Pete for details. 

 
6-week course
Fiddle Music of Britain & Ireland
Tuesdays 7.30-9.00pm (London time)
13 April to 18 May
Playing level: Basic-plus/ Lower Intermediate
 
Catchy, haunting and foot tapping jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas etc. made easy. In a practical introduction to this rich fiddle legacy, Pete stresses the importance of good rhythm and intonation, explains the scales employed, the structure of the music, and shows how traditional players use bowing and left hand techniques to convey its inner life. Using gentle, yoga-based warm-up exercises, he also touches on such aspects as posture, holding the violin and developing an effective bow hold. An audio recording of each week's tune is emailed to participants before the class, and notation and a video are sent out afterwards.

Cost: £60.00 (concessions £48.00)

 

American Old Time Fiddle Reunion

Wednesday 14 April, 7.30-9.00pm (London time)
Playing level: Lower Intermediate/ Advanced
 
A chance to revisit the tunes from the Appalachian Mountains some of us studied at the back end of last year. Your months of tireless practice in lockdown have not gone to waste! Even if you weren't there first time round, you're welcome to join us - just let Pete know and he'll email written music in advance (videos not available). We'll go over the tunes at a slower tempo first, ironing out any technical problems, then try them up to speed. Tunes: Back Step Cindy, Flowers of Edinburgh, New Money, Shakin' Down The Acorns, Cumberland Gap, Elk River Blues and Ora Lee.
 
Cost: £12.00 (concessions £10.00

 
A new 10-week course
Scottish Fiddle Tunes
Wednesdays 7.30-9.00pm (London time)
21 April - half term break 2 June - to 30 June 
Playing level: Lower Intermediate/ Advanced
 
Scottish fiddle traditions have developed over three centuries or more - striking and beautiful strathspeys, pipe marches, reels, laments and jigs etc. kept alive, and added to, by generations of fiddle players to the present day. We'll learn memorable tunes by heart, exploring the regional styles of the West Highlands, the North-East and Shetland. An audio recording of each week's tune is emailed to participants before the class, Pete teaches by ear, and notation and a video are sent out afterwards. Gentle, yoga-based warm-ups at the start encourage the free, subtle movement and strength needed for tuneful, rhythmic playing. 
               
'Pete Cooper - not bad for an Englishman' - Bruce MacGregor (Blazing Fiddles)
 
Cost: £100.00 (concessions £80.00)

 

One-to-one lessons 
Pete offers individual tuition on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lessons cost £60.00 an hour (concessions £50.00), or £30.00 per half hour (concessions £25.00). 

Enquiries to pete@petecooper.com, or phone him on 020 8340 7760
or 07960 329527.


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