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Workshops

Monday 29 July - Friday 2 August
Haugaard's International Fiddleschool
Breklum
Germany
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London Fiddle School
director, Pete Cooper
at Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road
London NW1 7AY
Two 10-week courses for 
Autumn 2019 with Pete Cooper

1. Fiddle playing: the Inside Story
Wednesday evenings 6.30-7.45pm
18 September - half term break 23 Oct - 27 November

Playing level: Basic-plus, i.e. for less experienced players, but NOT for complete beginners. You should be able to play simple tunes, the scales and arpeggios of A, D and G and maybe know the letter names of the notes.

Playing fiddle is physically demanding, involving not only the arms, hands and fingers (to an outside observer, the moving parts), but the whole body, especially the shoulders and back. We’ll learn fiddle tunes by ear (from British, Irish and other traditions), and use gentle, yoga-based exercises to develop the free movement and subtle strength needed for tuneful, rhythmic playing. Written music will be emailed, but not used in class. 

For reasons of space, enrolment is limited to eighteen places (on a first-come-first-served basis). To reserve one in advance, please 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, just sign up. 

Cost: £95.00 (concessions £75.00). Pay by cheque, BACS transfer or in cash.

2. American Old Time Fiddle
Wednesday evenings, 8.00-9.30pm
18 September - half term break 23 Oct - 27 November

Playing level: Intermediate/ new-to-folk/ advanced

Join this friendly class and explore the rich traditional fiddle music of the Appalachian Mountains, with its roots in Britain, Ireland and West Africa. '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 will teach bowing, fingering, tunings and other aspects of style as part and parcel of the tunes. Written music is emailed to participants, but in the class we aim to 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, just sign up. 

Cost: £120.00 (concessions £85.00). Pay by cheque, BACS transfer or in cash. 

Pete’s teaching ‘seems to somehow highspeed and hardwire the music into the brain’Sheila Hill, The Guardian

Enrolment: Pay by cheque, BACS transfer or in cash. To make a bank transfer, please email pete@petecooper.com and he will send you his bank details (which some of you may have already - they haven’t changed) Or please make cheques out to ‘P. Cooper’ and post to Pete at 3 Astra House, Mount Pleasant Villas, London N4 4HB.

 

Saturday 21 September
Fiddle workshop
Ripponden
Details to be announced

Friday 27 - Sunday 29 September
Scottish and Irish Fiddle
Benslow Music
Hitchin
Herts
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Individual Lessons
Pete teaches fiddle during term time on Tuesdays and Thursdays, daytime and evenings, at 3 Astra House, 53 Mount Pleasant Villas, Stroud Green, London N4 4HB. Beginners welcome, as are basic level, intermediate, new-to-folk and advanced players.
Cost: £60.00 per one-hour lesson, £30.00 per half-hour.
Inquiries, please email pete@petecooper.com
or call him: landline 020 8340 7760 or mobile 07960 329527

Getting to 3 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: Walk left out of Finsbury Park overground/ London Underground station (Victoria & Piccadilly lines), then left again under the railway bridge on Stroud Green Road, and you'll see the W3 and W7 bus stands on your left. It's a twenty minute walk to Astra House, or take the W3 or W7. Get off the W3 at Ossian Road stop, walk up 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. It's also only a ten minute walk to Astra House from Crouch Hill overground station. Lost? Pete doesn't usually pick the phone while teaching, but try calling him anyway on 020 8340 7760, or text 07960 329527.


 

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