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Dates  Times and Tunes

Tuesday 9.30am Class 
Tuesday 7pm Irish Class
Wednesday 7pm Class 
Thursday 9.30am Slow and Steady Class
Thursday 11am Irish Class
Thursday 7.00 pm Beginners Class
 
Free Sessions

Dates  Times and Tune Lists 

Calendar Dates for Morning Assembly Session  Tues and Thurs 9.00am -9.30am  
 Tunes For Morning Assembly Session Tues and Thurs 9.00am -9.30am 
 Tunes For Tuesday Morning Session 10.45am- 11.45am
  Tunes For Slow and Steady Session Wednesday 8.15pm 
Tunes For  Irish Session Tuesday 8.15pm
 
A-Z  Tunes  Substantial Resource of Recordings and Visual Aids
 
Complete Beginners
Complete Beginners Help
What to expect in the beginners group
Beginners first tunes
 
 
Contents in this section are pre zoom  November 2020
General Info "old norm" periods 
  Timetable Summary  
 
 
Contents in this section are pre zoom  November 2020

Dance Classes 

Folk Feet Tuesday
Morning
Thursday Morning Dance Class

Monday evening Irish Set Dance classes and dances

 
 
Contents in this section are pre zoom  November 2020
Group Lessons
One to one lessons
Refs for lessons
 
Contents in this section are pre zoom  November 2020
Fees
 
Contents in this section are pre zoom  November 2020

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

Join our online zoom classes and sessions - all welcome - distance no object!  - use this link for everything:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88960263597?pwd=QnM5U2ZiU0tnVkhNNXBkTDczSDBUdz09

Meeting ID: 889 6026 3597

Passcode: 545084

If you'd rather find out a bit more before "zooming in" :

https://youtu.be/tPzFEmfW13Q   main film

https://youtu.be/wZLHyEDqsv8  what people say

https://youtu.be/E70usTV_DAc  how it works

There are 5 "sessions" each week -  "Morning Assembly", Irish, Mixed (English/Irish/Scottish), Beginners Slow and Steady - just use the zoom code and we will see you there! - No fee.

There are 6 "classes" to learn tunes and improve your technique - 10 per week - come to as many as you wish in a week - only pay or weeks you attend.  Zoom in for a complimentary trial session using the above zoom link.

If you wish to have access to the extensive A-Z resource of over 1000 tune recordings and visual aids, you require a password and username.  The annual fee is 50 to include 5 weeks of classes and associated sessions.

"Classes"  - learn tunes and improve your technique -how to play them with rhythm and phrasing - open to all melody instruments, accompanists and percussion - not just the fiddle (violin)!!  

"Sessions" - zoom in to the various free sessions to play English, Irish and Scottish Traditional dance tunes with the experienced Ceili Band.

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!   New for May and June, Captain Tom's 100 challenge fundraiser for NHS Bristol. 

New Enquiries 

For an initial fee of 50 for 5 weeks of classes, gain immediate access to the A-Z Tunes Resource page with hundreds of  tunes with recordings and visual aids for one year.  After the 5 weeks continue at 10 per week for any number of classes or sessions you attend in that week.  Only pay in weeks you attend.  

Introductory plans for complete beginners:

Plan A - 5 group lessons via zoom including full access to the A-Z Tunes resource for one year - 50

Plan B - Internet via zoom or in person if appropriate - 1 hour private lesson via zoom plus 5 group lessons (including a loan instrument if available) plus full access to the A-Z Tunes resource for one year - 90 

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

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.  

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

See "Classes - Dates, Times and Tunes" in the column with the dark green background down the left  of your screen.  Each class has its own page which tells you what we have been learning in previous classes and what we plan to learn in upcoming classes.  Click on the class you wish to find out about and the link will take you directly to the relevant page.

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.  We play at a speed appropriate for the players at the session.

Our sessions are a great way to pick up new tunes by ear or discover new tunes you would like to learn.  They also provide you with the opportunity to play along with a professional ceili band to encourage the discipline of playing at a constant speed and with rhythm and feeling.

You will find a list of tunes we play at each of the sessions and the morning assemblies by clicking the links in the section in the left hand contents column with the heading "Free Sessions - Dates, Times and Tune Lists".

Timetable  

Tuesday Morning Assembly - open 9.00am for chat, play 9.10am-9.30am - mixed English, Irish, Scottish - Click here for the Tunes Schedule
Tuesday Morning Class moderate pace 9.30am-10.30am - mixed English, Irish, Scottish - Click here for Class Timetable
Tuesday Morning Session 10.45am-11.45am - mixed English, Irish, Scottish - Click here for tunes played in this session
Tuesday Eve Irish Tunes Class moderate pace 7.00pm-8.00pm - Click here for Class Timetable
Tuesday Evening Irish Session 8.15pm-9.15pm - Click here for tunes played in this session
Wednesday Evening Steady learning pace Class 7.00pm-8.00pm - Click here for Class Timetable 
Wednesday Evening Slow and Steady Session 8.15pm-9.15pm - Click here for tunes played in this session
Thursday Morning Assembly - open 9.00am for chat, play 9.10am-9.30am - mixed English, Irish, Scottish - Click here for the Tunes Schedule
Thursday Morning Slow and Steady Class 9.30am-10.30am - Click here for Class Timetable
Thursday Morning Irish Class moderate pace 11.00am-12 noon - Click here for Class Timetable
Thursday Evening Complete Beginners Class 7.00pm-8.00pm - Click here for Class Timetable

 

Substantial Music Resource

The Full A-Z Index of over 700 tunes is a substantial resource of traditional music with recordings and sheet music and other visual aids.  Scroll up to the link in the left column to access the "A-Z Tunes Recordings and Visual Aids".  Fiddle tab, mandolin tab and whistle fingering are available for several of the tunes, as are suggested chords for accompanists.   

Here are the icons you will see on the A-Z Tunes resource page:

Single Tune on its own Tune in a Set with other tunes
 
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 
Here are two examples from the extensive A-Z Tunes Resource of Recordings and Visual Aids with hundreds of tunes.
All in a Garden Green    

Pride of Petravore (Irish Hornpipes)  

 

How to Join In:

Complete Beginners Introductory Plan - A one hour private lesson plus 4 group lessons, to also include one year's access to the A-Z Tunes Resource.  - 80.  People who live near Portishead in North Somerset are welcome to borrow an instrument if one is available.  Click here to find out all you need to know about joining the beginners class.

Already Play an Instrument?   Start by coming along to 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 further information or just use this code and we will see you soon!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88960263597?pwd=QnM5U2ZiU0tnVkhNNXBkTDczSDBUdz09 - Meeting ID: 889 6026 3597 Passcode: 545084

New Enquiries - For an initial fee of 50 for 5 weeks of classes, gain immediate access to the A-Z Tunes Resource page of over 700 tunes with recordings and visual aids for one year.  Thereafter the fee is 10 per week for any number of classes or sessions you attend in that week.  Only pay in weeks you attend.  

 

Join us for our morning assembly - Tuesday and Thursday morning - 9.00am-9.30am - free session of tunes - see timetable 

 

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)

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

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 for dances

 
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 Highly Strung Community Band