Wednesday Workshops – New Series 2022

 25.00 100.00

I will be offering a new series of workshops running January to April 2022, divided by level. Workshops will be offered for elementary, intermediate and advanced levels, and there will also be 2 stand-alone ‘special interest’ workshops over the course of the series.

Participants sign up for a course of 4 workshops at the appropriate level, one each month from January to April for a fee of €100. Workshops take place on Wednesdays 8.00-9.15pm Irish Standard Time (3.00-4.15pm Eastern)

An audio recording will be sent to participants in advance so you can familiarise yourself with the tune ahead of each workshop. The workshop itself will be taught by ear, live on zoom and will be video recorded with an access link sent afterwards so you can review at your leisure or catch up if you couldn’t make the live workshop. Sheet music will also be provided.

There will also be 2 ‘special intesest’ workshops, one on accompaniment and one on the collections of Edward Bunting. These are stand-alone workshops separate from the other series.

See dates and further details below.

Note: The Intermediate Level workshop series is now full. If you wish to sign up to receive the videos afterwards or join the waiting list, please email grainnehambly@gmail.com

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The dates for each series are as follows:

Elementary Level:
Dates: Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 9, April 20
For players with a few months playing experience upwards. This course will focus on learning simple tunes by ear, as well as covering the basics of good playing technique and will include easy left hand arrangements.

Intermediate Level: [Workshop Full - Registration Closed. If you wish to sign up to receive the videos afterwards or join the waiting list, please email grainnehambly@gmail.com]
Dates: Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 23, April 27
In these workshops we will learn some easy Irish dance tunes and work on adding ornamentation (including cuts, triplets and trebles) to a basic melody. Ideas on how to develop your left hand arranging skills will also be covered. We will also look at how the written music differs from how tunes are played and other elements of Irish style.

Advanced Level:
Dates: Jan 5, Feb 2, Mar 2, April 6
These workshops are for anyone already familiar with learning by ear and playing Irish traditional music. We will work on more advanced ideas for ornamentation, adding variations and arranging ideas as well as adding some new tunes to your repertoire!

Special Interest Workshop 1 : Accompanying Other Instruments
Date: Jan 26, Fee €25
This workshop will cover some tips on session playing and accompanying other instruments. We will look at rhythmic patterns suitable for accompanying different types of tunes including jigs and reels and also discuss ideas for bass lines and harmonic variations in different modes.

Special Interest Workshop 2 : The Collections of Edward Bunting
Date: Mar 30, Fee €25
This workshop will include some background information on the Belfast Harpers' Assembly of 1792, the collections of Edward Bunting, and their significance in preserving the 17th and 18th century harp repertoire. A tune from the collections will be taught, and ideas on how to adapt the published piano arrangements for harp will be discussed.

Additional information

Course

Elementary Level, Intermediate Level – Workshop Full, Registration Closed, Advanced Level, Special Interest Area: Accompaniment, Special Interest Area: Bunting