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" I think the variety of workshops and leaders is great"

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Previous workshops

November 2014 - Paul Hutchinson

Playford (17th Century) style music.

We will be working on some of the lesser known but wonderful tunes from Playford.
Our mission will be to make them both danceable and musical.


September 2014 - Pete Cooper

Anglo-Polish Fiddle Music

In this, his third workshop at Traditional Music Making, Pete will explore fiddle music’s exciting Anglo-Polish connection, teaching mazurkas, polkas and brigands’ dances from ‘the old country’, as well as a new tune of his own, Angel’s Waltz, inspired by that rich tradition.


March 2014 - Mairi Campbell

Mairi is a popular and skilled teacher and facilitator, in her classes and camps Mairi nurtures and supports the essential grassroots of traditional music, song and dance in Scotland.

February 2014 - Pipe and Tabor Day

Everything you need to know about!
Join us today and learn more about this fascinating instrument and how to play it.

November 2013 - Sturla Eide

Sturla Eide strongly believes that every people and their music have a kind of musical fingerprint. How do we find these fingerprints and how have they influenced today’s traditional music? As well as learning and arranging some Norwegian tunes, there will be discussion about these fingerprints and how the participants own fingerprints can interfere with learning the Norwegian style of playing.

September 2013 - Pete Cooper

The rhythms and modes of traditional fiddle music vary greatly from one tradition to another. In this practical workshop Pete will highlight the differences for us by teaching some outstanding tunes from both Britain and Eastern Europe


June 2013 - Dave Townsend

Village Band Music

Playing harmony parts to dance tunes and marches used to be common in English rural tradition, with musicians on strings, winds and squeezeboxes adapting and creating their own arrangements. As well as their own inspiration, they drew upon their experience playing for church services and in military bands. Some got written down in manuscript books which have survived, and we will be playing these and other arrangements in the same style.


April 2013 - Rob Harbron

Set your tunes free
Ways of finding variation and harmony within the tunes you play. Starting with a few simple tunes, this workshop will look at ways of developing variations and harmony, using skills and styles we already have as traditional musicians, and developing harmonies out of the tunes themselves, rather than via dusty music theory.

January 2013 - Kevin Dempsey

Ins and outs around a melody

How to find your space within a tune and to feel that you are adding to the overall effect.  We will be looking at different ways of enhancing a basic tune, including how to start and end a tune, chord progressions, bass lines and rhythmic accompaniment.


November 2012 - Karen Tweed

A day to encourage us to arrange traditional tunes into a medley using harmonies, countermelodies, links and riffs, also to further develop the main themes of the tunes.  Exploring melodies from Europe and the British Isles, this workshop is open to all instruments of intermediate standard and above. Notation of the main themes can be provided in advance.

September 2012 - Pete Cooper

The Inner Life of Dance Tunes

Feel the rhythmic pulse that lies at the heart of all good dance music and bring it out in your playing. Where’s the beat? How do we convey it? In this practical workshop we’ll study the distinctive inner rhythms of hornpipes, jigs, reels and other forms, learning some great tunes in the process.  

April 2012 - John Kirkpatrick

Rhythm in the Air

Enjoy another wonderful day with John Kirkpatrick exploring the different rhythms in  traditional English dance music.

October 2011 - Rob Harbron

Playing the Whole Tune

Whether you play by ear or from the music, there's more to playing well than just getting the notes in the right order. Rob's workshop will explore some of the different elements involved in playing a tune well - rhythm, phrasing, ornamentation, variation and harmony - with the aim of helping instrumentalists develop their own individual style of playing. for instrumentalists who can play at least a few tunes, or those who know hundreds, but not for absolute beginners.


April 2011  - Dave Townsend

Village Band Music
Playing harmony parts to dance tunes and marches used to be common in English rural tradition, with musicians on strings, winds and squeezeboxes adapting and creating their own arrangements. As well as their own inspiration, they drew upon their experience playing for church services and in military bands. Some got written down in manuscript books which have survived, and we will be playing these and other arrangements in the same style.


February 2011 - Kevin Dempsey

Ins and outs around a melody

November 2010 - John Kirkpatrick

Early tunes from 16th – 18th Century

Enjoy a day playing wonderful tunes from this period and learning some of the history behind the music.


March 2010  - Johnny Coppin

Workshop for Singers, Songwriters and Musicians

How to approach song writing, learn how to write tunes for songs, arrange songs, accompany songs. By working with your own songs and ideas, the aim is to build confidence and generate new enthusiasm for your music making. Whatever your level of experience, Johnny will explain and illustrate many of the techniques.


February 2010 – Kevin  Dempsey

Ins and outs around a melody

How to find your space within a tune and to feel that you are adding to the overall effect.  We will be looking at different ways of enhancing a basic tune, including how to start and end a tune, chord progressions, bass lines and rhythmic accompaniment.


November 2009 – John Kirkpatrick

Music for the mid-winter
A look at the traditional dance music, song and folklore of an English Midwinter - Wassail songs, tunes for Sword dancing and Morris dancing, and perhaps a Christmas carol or two sneaked in as well.


October 2009 – Laurel Swift

A fun day of playing music with other people, learning new tunes and exploring a variety of skills, such as how play rhythmically, how to make the tunes 'dance'; how to approach spontaneous variations and harmony, and much more besides! We'll focus on the rich and varied repertoire of English dance music and session tunes.


June 2009  - Rod Stradling

Come along and improve your existing skills in making music with other people and have fun learning about English dance music and session tunes


 
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