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Timetables and Tunes 2023
Tuesday 7pm Irish Class
Tunes for Irish Session Tuesday 8.00pm
Wednesday 5.30pm Beginners Class
Wednesday  6.30pm Improvers Class
Tunes for Steady Session Wednesday 8.00pm
 
 
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Wednesday Evening Zoom - scroll down for current timetable - scroll further for previous terms

Beginners 5.30pm-6.30pm - For Nov 2020-Dec 2021, go to "Archive Record for Group Classes" at the bottom of theleft hand navigation column- then look forThursday evening beginners link

Improvers - 6.30pm - 7.30pm click the link in the contents column on the left to access details of what we will be learning week by week for this group

Steady Session 8.00pm-9.00pm - tunes played at an accessible speed for beginners and improvers.  For tunes played at this session, click the link in the contents column for "Tunes for Steady Session" 

Zoom Link Below (you will be able to join from 5.20pm and come and go at any time during the evening 5.30pm-9pm)

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

Passcode: 545084

Contact Jill Elliot jillyelliot@gmail.com 07515 904 707
To access the A-Z Tunes Resource with all links to recordings and music, click here, then enter your password and username 

 

Beginners Advice, Help and Tunes

 

These are the tune sets we have worked on/work in progress in this group:

King of the Fairies - Irish set dance with triplet swing rhythm

Shores of Lough Gowna, Paddy Fahey's, Kerfunken  - Irish Jigs

Out on the Ocean, Plane Tree, Rose in the Heather - Irish Jigs

Navvy on the Line, Click Go the Shears, Keel Row - English Hornpipes (Australian Song)

Uncle Bernard's, Winster Galop, Tip Top Polka, Rakes of Mallow - English Polkas

Le Tourment, Maison de Glace, Early in the Year - Jigs

Bear Dance - Belgian Tune

Dan MacDonald's Polka, Green Cottage - Irish Polkas

Maggie in the Woods - Irish Polka

Harvest Home - Hornpipe

A Fig For a Kiss - Irish Slip Jig

 

Spring Term 2024 - Wednesday 5.30pm - January - April

Date

Tunes

Wednesday 3rd January King of the Fairies
Wednesday 10th January King of the Fairies
This term we will consolidate the tunes we have been learning with the aim of playing them more confidently. 
Wednesday 17th January Revise Kerfunken Jig. Play King of the Fairies
Wednesday 24th January Revise Dan MacDonald's Polka, Play King of the Fairies
Wednesday 31st January Warm up tune Dan Macdonald's Polka, Revise Maison de Glace, Play King of the Fairies
Wednesday 7th February Warm up tune Kerfunken, Revise Early in the Year, King of the Fairies 1st and 2nd parts
Wednesday 14th February Warm up tune Dan MacDonald's Polka, revise/new Green Cottage (polka that we play after Dan MacDonald's.  
Wednesday 21st February Green Cottage
Wednesday 28th February King of the Fairies 3rd part.
Wednesday 6th March  
Wednesday 13th March  
Wednesday 20th March  
Wednesday 27th March  
Wednesday 3rd April  
Wednesday 10th April  
Wednesday 17th April  
Wednesday 24th April  

 

 

Autumn Term 2023 - Wednesday 5.30pm - September-December

Date

Tunes

Wednesday 6th September Revision Uncle Bernard's, Winster Gallop, Tip Top Polka
Wednesday 13th September Le Tourment, Rakes of Mallow
Wednesday 20th September Maison de Glace
Wednesday 27th September Early in the Year - we played these tunes along with the accompaniment: - Le Tourment set of 3 tunes, Out on the Ocean set of 3 tunes. Dan MacDonald's Polka
Wednesday 4th October Bowing for Irish polkas - Green Cottage - see exercise on A-Z
Wednesday 11th October Bowing for Irish pollkas - continue with Green Cottage
Wednesday 18th October Bowing - Green Cottage and other Irish polkas
Wednesday 25th October No Group
Wednesday 1st November Kerfunken Jig 
Wednesday 8th November Shores of Lough Gowna 
Wednesday 15th November Paddy Fahey's (Jig) 1st half
Wednesday 22nd Nov Paddy Fahey's (Jig) 2nd half
Wednesday 29th November Paddy Fahey's - all
Wednesday 6th December Paddy Fahey's - if time, play through Kerfunken and Shores of Lough Gowna
Wednesday 13th December No Group
Wednesday 20th December No Group
Spring Term 2024 commences Wednesday 3rd January -Our first tune of the New Year is King of the Fairies .  Also Listen to Foxhunter (The) 

 

Summer Term 2023 - Wednesday 5.30pm - May-August

Date

Tunes

Wednesday 3rd May Navvy on the Line, Keel Row
Wednesday 10th May continue developing Navvy on the Line, Click go the Shears and Keel Row.  Play Uncle Bernard's Set all the way through at 55bpm or 92% of the speed 60bpm on the A-Z index.
Wednesday 17th May No Group
Wednesday 24th May No Group
Wednesday 31st May No Group
Wednesday 7th June Rose in the Heather 
Wednesday 14th June Out on the Ocean 1st half
Wednesday 21st June Out on the Ocean 2nd half
Wednesday 28th June New Tune and New Rhythm:  A Fig for a Kiss - a slip jig in 9 8 time count 3 lots of 3 per phrase (bar)
Wednesday 5th July Revise A Fig for a Kiss, Out on the Ocean and the Plane Tree
Wednesday 12th July Revise Rose in the Heather
Wednesday 19th July Rose in the Heather, Out on the Ocean , Plane Tree
Wednesday 26th July Out on the Ocean, Plane Tree, Rose in the Heather 
Resumes on Wednesday 6th September

 

Spring Term 2023 - Wednesday 5.30pm - January - April

Date

Tunes

Wednesday 11th January Scales and arpeggios D major and G major, and bowing styles for jigs, Irish polkas and hornpipes.  Learned 1st half Click Go the Shears.  Played Le Tourment, Maison de Glace, Early in the Year.  Played Maggie in the Woods.
Wednesday 18th January Revise 1st half Click Go the Shears.  Learn 2nd half Click Go the Shears.  Revised Navvy on the Line and Harvest Home.
Wednesday 25th January Make a start on the Keel Row - Revise Click go the Shears.  Played Uncle Bernard's and Winster Gallop
Wednesday 1st February Revise Click go the Shears and Keel Row.  Revise Tip Top Polka
Wednesday 8th February Revise Tip Top Polka, Rakes of Mallow, Click go the Shears and Keel Row
Wednesday 15th February No Group
Wednesday 22nd February Revise Le Tourment, Bear Dance.  Play Click go the Shears and Keel Row
Wednesday 1st March Bear Dance octave higher.  Maison de Glaces
Wednesday 8th March Early in the Year.  Navvy on the Line 1st half
Wednesday 15th March Jig bowing - Rose in the Heather 1st half.  Polka bowing - Maggie in the Woods
Wednesday 22nd March Revise Rose in the Heather 1st half,   Rose in the Heather 2nd half.  Revise Navvy on the line 1st half.  Play Uncle Bernard's and Winster Gallop
Wednesday 29th March Navvy on the Line 2nd half.  Tip Top Polka, Rakes of Mallow.  Play Rose in the Heather
Wednesday 5th April Jigs - Out on the Ocean, Plane Tree, Rose in the Heather - bowing
Wednesday 12th April Continue with the jigs from 5th April
Wednesday 19th April Navvy on the Line, Tip Top Polka
Wednesday 26th April Play the set of tunes: Uncle Bernard's, Winster Gallop.  Tip Top Polka, Rakes of Mallow 55 bpm.  Click Go the Shears and Keel Row

 

Autumn Term 2022 - Wednesday 5.30pm - September-December

Date

Tunes

Wednesday 7th September G, D and A major scales and arpeggios.  Revision of Winster Gallop and Plane Tree.  1st half of Early in the Year
Wednesday 14th September Early in the Year
Wednesday 21st September Rakes of Mallow, Le Tourment 1st half
Wednesday 28th September No class
Wednesday 5th October Rakes of Mallow, Le Tourment 2nd half
Wednesday 12th October No class
Wednesday 19th October Tip Top Polka 1st half, Revision of Winster Gallop
Wednesday 26th October Tip Top Polka whole tune. Revision of Maison de Glace.  Introduction to ornamentation.  
Wednesday 2nd November Continue with D major arpeggios and scales using Harvest Home 1st half. Practice of crossing between 2 adjoining strings and new rhythm.
Wednesday 9th November Harvest Home 2nd half
Wednesday 16th November Class cancelled
Wednesday 23rd November Early in the Year, Harvest Home
Wednesday 30th November Tip Top Polka, Navvy on the Line
Wednesday 7th December Harvest Home, Rakes of Mallow, Navvy on the Line 

 

Summer Term 2022 - 5.30pm - May-August

Date

Tunes

Wednesday 4th May Winster Gallop - 1st half except for Q2, 2nd half
Wednesday 11th May Winster Gallop - learn the whole tune.  Irish polka bowing - Maggie in the Woods
Wednesday 18th May No Class
Wednesday 25th May Jig rhythm - play Out on the Ocean and Plane Tree.  Play Uncle Bernard's and Winster Gallop
Wednesday 1st June Continue with Out on the Ocean, Plane Tree, Uncle Bernard's and Winster Gallop
Wednesday 8th June Continue with Out on the Ocean, Plane Tree, Uncle Bernard's and Winster Gallop
Wednesday 15th June Maggie in the Woods, Maison de Glace
Wednesday 22nd June No Class
Wednesday 29th June Dan MacDonald's Polka 1st half
Wednesday 6th July Dan MacDonald's Polka, Winster Gallop 
Wednesday 13th July General Revision of the scales and arpeggios of D and G, jig rhythm and Irish polka rhythm - "joining up" notes for phrases - Q1 of new mystery tune!
Resumes on Wednesday 7th September

 

Spring Term 2022 - Zoom - January - April

Date

Tunes

Wednesday 5th January Maison de Glace, Maggie in the Woods, Bear Dance.  Exercises with scales and arpeggios in G major and D major recognising finger patterns.  For exercises click here.
Wednesday 12th January Continue with scales and arpeggios in D and G. Exercises click here  At the end of the class we played Maison de Glace, Maggie in the Woods, Bear Dance. 
Wednesday 19th January Play through exercises.  Introducing a new rhythm.  Play Maison de Glace, Maggie in the Woods, Bear Dance.
Wednesday 26th January Continue to practice the exercises and listen to the recording of Navvy of the Line
Wednesday 2nd February 1st half of Navvy of the Line.  We looked at Irish polka bowing in more detail and differentiating between questions and answers in Maison de Glace.
Wednesday 9th February 2nd half of Navvy on the Line - long note/short note dotted or hornpipe rhythm.
Wednesday 16th February Jig bowing using examples from the Plane Tree - see exercises
Wednesday 23rd February 2nd half of Navvy on the Line and working on the joining up notes to link all parts of the tune.  Recognise where the note G is on the fiddle.  
Wednesday 2nd March Jig bowing. Click here for exercises for Jig rhythm.  Recognise immediately where the note G is in 3 places on the fiddle. 
Wednesday 9th March More jig rhythm practice, a reminder of Irish Polka bowing (Maggie in the Woods) and identify the note E on the violin in  2 places.
Wednesday 16th March Play first half of Plane Tree more fluently and start putting in more of the jig rhythm.  On the A string, identify A, B, C - Open string, first finger and second finger next to first finger.
Wednesday 23rd March Out on the Ocean.  Listen to the tune until you can sing it.  We will start putting the tune on instruments in the class.  It is a jig and we play it before the Plane Tree.  Name the 3rd finger on the A string.  Play open D then this note - it should sound the same but one is lower!
Wednesday 30th March Out on the Ocean 1st half.  Exercises related to D and G major scales and arpeggios using jig, polka and hornpipe rhythm.
Wednesday 6th April Out on the Ocean 1st half.  Exercises related to D and G major scales and arpeggios using jig, polka and hornpipe rhythm.
Wednesday 13th April Listen to the 2nd half of Out on the Ocean.  Continuation of recent exercises and tunes.  We played the first half of the second half of Out on the Ocean.
Wednesday 20th April 2nd half of the 2nd half of Out on the Ocean.  Continue with Navvy on the Line scales and arpeggios.
Wednesday 27th April Revision: Out on the Ocean, Navvy on the Line 1st half, Uncle Bernard's Polka
 
For records of previous beginners groups go to Archive Record for Group Classes