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Message 48243 · Fiona Grant · 9 Mar 2007 09:29:37 · Top

Re: www.ayepod.net

The bit I liked about this site was the opportunity for musicians to learn
how to play in the Scottish style. Mairi Campbell and Alasdair White are
great fiddlers and I've been to workshops with both of them - they are
patient and exacting tutors! I'm curious as to how an online fiddle course
works for the students when they can't get personal feedback from the tutor
watching them.

As yet, no sign of any accordion players offering teaching services!

Sometimes I have local musicians who are fast and furious in the Irish
tradition showing an interest in playing for SCD, but I am not competent
enough to guide them in the technique.

Wouldn't it be great if a dance band leader could offer a course in playing
for Scottish Country dancing?

Happy dancing and listening,
Fiona

Bristol
UK

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Message 48247 · RODERICK JOHNSTON · 11 Mar 2007 19:03:39 · Top

Check out the RSCDs web site.

They run two courses during July and August at their St Andrews summer school for musicians who want to play for Scottish Country Dancing. I attended one for the first time last year and highly recommend it. George Meikle is the accordion tutor and there were also a keyboard and fiddle tutor (Gordon Simpson) Musicians on last years course included some from the USA and NZ so you can see how highly regarded the course is.

The course is not suitable for those who cannot play to a reasonable standard as it's purpose is to prepare you to pay for dances and dance classes. Since last year I have started playing for my local RSCD group and the course prepared me well for the task. In fact it was so good I'm going back this year.

If you are interested I am happy to give my opinions on the course. Please email me direct if you have any queries.

Rod

Fiona Grant <fiona@freespiritfilms.co.uk> wrote:
Re: www.ayepod.net

The bit I liked about this site was the opportunity for musicians to learn
how to play in the Scottish style. Mairi Campbell and Alasdair White are
great fiddlers and I've been to workshops with both of them - they are
patient and exacting tutors! I'm curious as to how an online fiddle course
works for the students when they can't get personal feedback from the tutor
watching them.

As yet, no sign of any accordion players offering teaching services!

Sometimes I have local musicians who are fast and furious in the Irish
tradition showing an interest in playing for SCD, but I am not competent
enough to guide them in the technique.

Wouldn't it be great if a dance band leader could offer a course in playing
for Scottish Country dancing?

Happy dancing and listening,
Fiona

Bristol
UK

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