Learn the traditional way - it's fun and rewarding
Group learning by ear is a great way to learn to play the fiddle. It's good fun and it's possible to quickly build a repertoire of tunes in a relaxed group context. Scottish highland fiddle groups are now running in Peebles. The groups run at the Nomad Beat music school and are open to all ages. We have players from 7 to 70.
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The fiddle has been played in the Scottish highlands and islands for at least 300 years. Originally the tradition was entirely an aural one no music was written down. Today the tradition in the West highlands and islands has strong overlaps with the highland bagpiping tradition and the Scottish Gaelic singing tradition both of which are strong influences on the group tutor (Gordon Lawrie). Audiences all over the world now enjoy the music. Players such as Alastair White, Duncan Chisholm, Iain MacFarlane and Alasdair Fraser have well deserved international reputations.
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A few words from Gordon who teaches the groups -

"I try to keep the groups relaxed and get a bit of banter going. I hate it when people feel uncomfortable in starting out and go out of my way to emphasise that making a few mistakes is just part of the fun of learning. Just to emphasise the point I often enjoy making a few myself !"
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Contact Gordon: info@peeblesfiddle.co.uk