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Pathways in Teaching with Simon Fischer

February 2015

Pathways in Teaching with Simon Fischer

In February 2015 ESTA is proud to announce Simon Fischer will present a series of 4 Pathways in Teaching sessions. We know these will be hugely popular so please do book early.

Simon's sessions are February 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd 2015.

All sessions are 2.30-5.30 at the Primrose Hill Community Centre. London NW1 8TN

www.estastringsevents.org/PathwaysInTeachi


Folk Fiddle-How hard can it be?

23rd November 2014

Folk Fiddle-How hard can it be?

Exploring folk fiddle workshop

“How to bring traditional tunes to life and play them with an authentic feel”

Folk Fiddle. How hard can it be?

There is a tendency for the uninitiated to assume that, by comparison with classical music, folk is simple, requiring little in the way of technique, discipline and musicality. With tunes often no more than 32 bars in length, and little requirement to go beyond first position, how demanding could folk fiddle be?

There are certainly many fundamental differences between classical and folk.

Actually, it’s the classical players who have it easy. There’s a sheet of music, with the title, the name of a composer, and a stave of music which, with the possible exception of some bowing and fingering marks, will be exactly as the composer intended. All you have to do is copy what’s on the page.

Folk fiddle is a whole different kettle of fish. If you, as a classical player, were to blunder into a typical pub “session”, you would be as out of place as one of those fiddlers would be in a symphony orchestra. Your overwhelming need for written music, your inappropriate vibrato, and your excruciatingly long bows would all mark you out as an absolute beginner, never mind your years of classical training. You would be baffled by the way tunes start and finish, and flow imperceptibly from one to the next, without any apparent plan or discussion.

This workshop, based on aspects of the book 'Exploring Folk Fiddle', will first introduce you to some basic tune types- the polka, the jig, the reel and the hornpipe.

Since this is dance music, the rhythm and pulse is very important, and this is driven by the bowing. We will look at general and specific bowing patterns and techniques which help to add drive and variety to the tune.

Ornamentation is one of the features which makes traditional music sound authentic. We will look at rolls, cuts and trebles, and show how they can be moved around at will within a tune.

Finally we will look at drones, and show how they add volume, body and harmonic interest to simple dance tunes.

The workshop is based primarily around Irish fiddle music, but will make some reference to English, Scottish, Hungarian and American traditions. It will be participatory; bring your fiddle and a music stand, as there will be some handouts.

This workshop will take place on the 23rd of November at Primrose Hill Community centre in London. 29 Hopkinsons Place NW1 8TN.

Chris will be doing another workshop on rock violin on the 30th of November. www.estastringsevents.org/PathwaysInTeachi/chrishaighfolk


Pathways in Teaching

12th, 19th October 23rd, 30th November 2014

Pathways in Teaching

This Autumn we are offering four Sunday afternoon sessions exploring some of the many pathways in teaching.
On the 12th of October Simon Cartledge will present 'From the Feet up', a workshop on the whole body and how we use it when playing the violin and viola. It gives us a systemic, whole body mind approach to playing. We will look at posture and flexibility useful to string players. How to release those muscle knots and tensions.
On the 19th of October Simon will present his second workshop entitled 'Mind you Language' At this workshop we will be looking at the use of language in order to heighten our awareness and consider how we can best use our words to the greatest effect. How to engage pupils in the creative and learning processes. How to connect with pupils or parents we may find more challenging and how we talk to and influence ourselves.
Chris Haigh will present his workshop 'Folk Fiddle' on the 23rd of November.There is a tendency for the uninitiated to assume that, by comparison with classical music, folk is simple, requiring little in the way of technique, discipline and musicality. With tunes often no more than 32 bars in length, and little requirement to go beyond first position, how demanding could folk fiddle be?
Chris's second workshop on the 30th of November entitled 'Discovering Rock Violin' This workshop will show how to follow a chord sequence and play simple rhythm parts. Then, using appropriate scales, to construct melodic lines, counterpoints and hooks which will compliment what the rest of the band is doing.
Book for all or pick and choose. For more information click here: www.estastringsevents.org/PathwaysInTeachi/home


Young Composers Competition February 2015

February 2015

Young Composers Competition February 2015

After the highly successful launch of this competition in 2012 ESTA Young Composers' Competition will be held again in collaboration with The Purcell School for Young Musicians. Applications are welcome from all young composers. The closing date is the 10th of January 2015. The winner in each category will be given the title of 'ESTA Young Composer 2015 (Junior / Intermediate / Senior)' and invited to Cardiff where the overall winner will be announced. There will be 4 categories 11 and under, 12-15, 16-18 and 19-21.

Please find details and how to enter here: www.estayoungcomposers.org

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