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Dates and Times
 Morning Assembly
Tuesday 9.30am Class 
Tuesday 7pm Irish Class
Wednesday 7pm Class 
Thursday 9.30am Slow and Steady
Thursday 11am Irish Class
Thursday 7pm Brand  New Players!
 
A-Z Tunes
A-Z slow and steady session
A-Z Irish session
A-Z Morning assembly 2021
A-Z All Tunes
 
Complete Beginners
Complete Beginners Help
Beginners first tunes
 
General Info "old norm" periods 
Pre March 2020 Timetable Summary
Highly Strung Event Timetable 2020
Dance Timetable and Events 
 
 

Dance Classes 

Folk Feet Tuesday
Morning
Thursday Morning Dance Class

Monday evening Irish Set Dance classes and dances

It's Your Ceili Friday Dance Party

 
 

Book a Barn Dance/ Ceili  Band

Refs caller and band

 
Group Lessons
One to one lessons
Refs for lessons
 
Fees
 

Music Classes Archive 

Monday Morning Group  

Monday Evening Falfield  Archive

Tuesday  Irish Group archive

Wednesday Evening Groups Archive

  Monday Evening Star Inn Archive

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Contact Jill:   jillyelliot@gmail.com 07515 904 707

Introduction

Join our online zoom classes and sessions - all welcome - distance no object!  

Fee for Classes and Sessions is 10 per week for any/all classes and sessions - only pay when you attend

Free complimentary trial class and session to check if it is suitable for you - e mail Jill for the zoom link 

Morning Assembly Tunes Session is Free! -  come along and start the day in a really jolly way!

Classes  - learn tunes and how to play them with rhythm and phrasing - open to all melody instruments, accompanists and percussion - so not just fiddle !!  

Sessions - zoom in to the various sessions to play English, Irish and Scottish Traditional dance tunes.

Morning Assembly - Tuesday and Thursday 9.00 am - 9.30am - the band play tunes from from the Morning Assembly list.   Not just for musicians.... Audience welcome to play, clap or jig along - and start the day with a smile! 

Please email  Jill jillyelliot@gmail.com  for the single zoom code that you will always use for all classes and sessions. Simply click on the link I send you, follow the on screen instructions - and contact me (preferably before the class or session has started!) if you have any difficulty logging on, as I can invite you directly from the class or session via email.

All classes and sessions are suitable for melody instrument and accompanists. Percussion instruments are welcome too. 

See the various A-Z Tunes Pages for recordings and music 

You will be muted so you will only hear yourself and the solo fiddle or a recording of the band - so an opportunity to be free and more confident with your playing and inventive with harmony and variations.  You will not be heard by other participants and they won't hear you playing - unmute to ask a question!  You will quickly get to know the others in the group - there is always laughter!
Music is something you hear, feel, interpret and reproduce yourself on your instrument in your own unique way.   Music is not something you have to read in order to play a tune and it can even hinder the learning process.... and whether you prefer to read the "dots" or wish to learn by ear,  you can develop both these valuable skills by coming along to the music classes and sessions. 

Classes

In the classes we learn tunes in the traditional manner by ear, phrase by phrase.  This is by far the best way for a tune to stick in your head and you will start to appreciate your instrument and music in a different way.  25 years listening to the experiences of many people confirms this! 

Classes for English, Scottish and Irish tune-learning are on Tuesday morning 9.30am, Wednesday evening at 7pm and Thursday morning at 9.30am.  These are the tunes that will be included in the Highly Strung repertoire for 2021.

There are classes for learning Irish tunes on Tuesday evening at 7pm and Thursday morning at 11am.

See the timetables for each group from the links in the column with the dark green background down the left  of your screen.  

Sessions

In the sessions each person in turn asks for a tune or set of tunes with the aim of getting a lot of playing into the hour.  

The Tuesday morning session at 10.45 will include tunes listed below in the current tune set list.  

Tuesday evening Irish session at 8.15pm and the Wednesday evening "slow and steady" session at 8.15pm have their own specific  selection of tunes, regularly updated - email Jill for the latest list.

Visual aids and recordings are provided in the various A-Z listings - click on the links in the contents strip on the left.  Readers can join in immediately using the dots provided, with the advantage of playing along with the band to get the correct rhythm and feel.  Non-readers can listen to the recordings and pick tunes up by ear - or come to a class to learn them. 

Email Jill - jillyelliot@gmail.com 07515 904 707

Timetable  

There is just one zoom code which is used for every class and session.  Email Jill for the link and save it so you can easily find it later.  You can join without video if you prefer to be private, and when we are playing, participants will be muted.  Jill will lead the tunes in the sessions on solo fiddle or together with a recording from the Perfect Cure Band and friends.  

The fee is 10 per week regardless of the number of times you log in.  Only pay for weeks you attend.  If you wish to come to just one tune "session" and nothing else, it is 5.  Payment is via bank transfer or Paypal - email jillyelliot@gmail.com for details. 

The morning assembly is free fun for all ! - log on from 9am to play from 9.10am - 9.30am.

Tuesday Morning Assembly - open 9.00am, play 9.10am-9.30am
Tuesday Morning Class moderate pace 9.30am-10.30am 
Tuesday Morning Session 10.45am-11.45am
Tuesday Eve Irish Tunes Class moderate pace 7.00pm-8.00pm
Tuesday Evening Irish Session 8.15pm-9.15pm
Wednesday Evening Steady-Medium pace Class 7.00pm-8.00pm  
Wednesday Evening Slow and Steady Session 8.15pm-9.15pm
Thursday Morning Assembly - open 9.00am, play 9.10am-9.30am
Thursday Morning Slow and Steady Class 9.30am-10.30am 
Thursday Morning Irish Class moderate pace 
Thursday Evening Complete Beginners Class on Violin (Fiddle)

Substantial Music Resource

The Full A-Z Index of over 650 tunes is a substantial resource of traditional music with recordings and written music and is available for those attending classes and sessions on a regular basis.  Click on the links in the left column to access the A-Z index for the sessions you wish to attend.  Fiddle tab, mandolin tab and whistle fingering are available for many of the tunes, as are suggested chords for accompanists.   
Key to links
Single Tune on its own Tune in a Set with other tunes
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slow  recording dots  fiddle tab mandolin and 4 string banjo tab whistle fingering set of tunes with various band combinations set of tunes with solo fiddle dots and chords for tune sets 

Getting started

Complete Beginners Introductory Plan  - currently via zoom A one hour private lesson plus 4 group lessons plus a loan instrument for 4 weeks - 80 (Loan instruments are currently unavailable)  Advice and Information for Complete Beginners

Already Play an Instrument?   You will be fine to start in a class or session that you think will suit your experience level.  Come along for a complimentary taster session then you will have a better idea of how it all works!  email jillyelliot@gmail.com for the zoom code.

Also available

One to one fiddle lessons with Jill  - e mail jillyelliot@gmail.com to arrange - via zoom at the moment

Zoom tune tutorial Mondays 4pm-5pm with Katie Kennedy (flute)

Morning Assembly - Tuesday 9.10am-9.25am with Jill Elliot and band 

Zoom music session Wednesday 8pm-10pm hosted by Roland Godshaw

Morning Assembly -  Thursday 9.10am-9.25am with Jill Elliot and band 

Currently suspended: all dance classes

Other Information 

 

Jill Elliot Barn Dance Caller

Book A Barn Dance Band

Irish Set Dance Class

 

Its' Your Ceili

Third Party References

 

Link to the new Highly Strung and Folk Feet Youtube channel - not much there yet - it's another project!

Link to Highly Strung Facebook page - sharing lots of happy memories with the band