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Thursday Evening Complete Beginners 7.00pm- 8.00pm
This zoom classes is suitable for complete beginners on fiddle (violin).   We learn and play at a very slow pace.  Participants are muted except for questions.  Loan instruments are available.  Join at any time.


Beginners Advice - click this link to access pages with lots of information you need before you play a note!

This is a zoom class.  Please e mail Jill jillyelliot@gmail.com for the zoom link - it is the same each week for any class or session - please arrive 5-10 minutes early.  As you progress there are several other groups and sessions for you plus the opportunity to play in the Highly Strung Community Band when we can meet again.

This is an introduction to playing fiddle or violin (the same fingering is used for mandolin and tenor banjo - 4 string banjo tuned GDAE - so could be of interest to those starting with these instruments.)

Once you have a violin, absolute beginners will be taken through everything needed to get you off to a flying start, answering all your questions in a special personal zoom meeting which is 40 for an hour.  Thereafter it is recommended that you come to the group learning sessions which are 10 for an hour.  You can try out tunes on the beginners learning resource page.  See below for weekly plan.

If you are weighing up various options on whether to play an instrument and where to learn, ring for a chat and I will talk you through the website to show you how to use the audio and visual aids - 07515 904 707 


Spring Term  2021 - Thursday - January -



Thursday 7th January Tip Top Polka
Thursday 14th January Tip Top Polka - play through Uncle Bernard's and Winster Gallop
Thursday 21st January Tip Top Polka and play three tune in a "set" - Uncle Bernard's, Winster Gallop and Tip Top Polka.  Also made a start on the first half of Maggie in the Woods with new bowing pattern.
Thursday 28th January Warm up with Uncle Bernards, Winster Gallop and Tip Top Polka - then learn Maggie in the Woods first half with bowing.
Thursday 4th February Maggie in the Woods 2nd half and play through Uncle Bernard's
Thursday 11th February  Maggie in the Woods, Winster Gallop, change from Winster Gallop into Tip Top Polka, 1st Q and 1st A of Tip Top Polka with extra notes and joining notes.
Thursday 18th February Uncle Bernard's, change from Uncle Bernard's into Winster Gallop, change into Tip Top Polka.  1st Q and A of Tip Top polka with extra notes and joining up notes.  Learned 1st half of Bear Dance completely by ear - a very busy evening !!
Thursday 25th February Learn 2nd half of Bear Dance - before class try to fill in the missing notes on the tab sheet - download from beginners page.
Thursday 4th March Warm up - Uncle Bernards, Winster Gallop, Tip Top Polka.

New tune - Maison de Glace - listen to the tune to familiarise yourself with it - we will learn it phrase by phrase - the recording is on the A-Z tunes index - we did the 1st half of tune

Thursday 11th March Maison de Glace - 2nd half of tune and revision of first half of tune
Thursday 18th March revision of tunes learned 
Thursday 25th March Revise Maison de Glace.  Round the table session
Thursday 1st April Tip Top Polka 
Thursday 8th April This week we played all 6 of our tunes along with the accompaniment. 
Thursday 15th April new tune - Plane Tree - recording and fiddle tab is on A-Z Irish session - also play along with the band for our 6 other tunes
Thursday 22nd April  
Thursday 29th April  


Upcoming Terms:
Summer Term 2021 - May - August
Autumn Term 2021 - September - December
Previous Terms - scroll down this page and for archive of previous years see links in contents strip, far left column on dark background.


Autumn Term  2020 - Thursday 7pm-8pm - November-December



12th November  The parts of the violin, the bow, accessories, tuning, first notes.
19th November Uncle Bernard's - see beginners learning resource page.
26th November  Uncle Bernard's - we have now played the whole tune - we also played 2 octaves in the key of G starting from the open G string and ending on the second finger on the E string
3rd  December  Uncle Bernard's play the whole tune - have a listen to Winster Gallop as it is the next tune we will play
10th December Winster Gallop 
17th December Uncle Bernard's and Winster Gallop
Wednesday 23rd December Highly Strung and Folk Feet Christmas Party 1.45pm - dancing and playing starts at 2pm - 3pm chatting to finish around 3.15pm - email Jill jillyelliot@gmail.com for the programme