A creative approach to playing tunes on the fiddle with Amy Geddes and Donald Knox - new for this year Amy’s Auntie Sareth is Chef!
This music weekend is hosted by renowned & highly respected teacher Amy Geddes and will take place in the beautiful Ardkinglas House set in stunning woodland gardens at the head of Loch Fyne in Argyll. Joining Amy is Borders guitar player Donald Knox. Amy & Donald have been working together at Riddell Fiddles in Selkirk for several years and make a fantastic teaching team. You are guaranteed to learn and laugh aplenty.
For 2016 - our fourth year - we are looking at creative music practise and how to begin finding your own unique musical voice. There will be new tunes to learn, but we’re going to show you how to put your individual stamp on it - we’ll dig deep into how to make a tune truly your own.
To achieve this we will be doing some focussed listening, exploring rhythmical and melodic variations & some basic improvising techniques to help us get playful with our music.
There will be some suggested bowing and ornamentation, but these will & should vary so please come with an open mind, ready to break free from set patterns of up & down bows!
Amy believes strongly that everyone should feel comfortable and be happy throughout so that they leave the workshop feeling inspired, excited, fulfilled, full of new thoughts, tunes and ideas (and possibly just a little bit tired). At all of her workshops time is made to get to know one another well enough to work comfortably in the group setting – feeling uncomfortable is one of the biggest barriers to successful learning so it is of huge importance to be relaxed together. We will take care of our bodies with effective warm ups and stretches. The tunes are taught by ear but music is available to take away or for anyone who is not confident at aural learning.
Sheet music will be provided of all tunes and exercises taught with bowing & ornamentation marked where relevant. Please bring your own sound / video recording device if you have one as you are welcome to record as little or as much of the workshop as you wish. For any of you who do not own such a machine, we can record the tunes & key concepts at the workshop and share them by e-mail afterwards.
This workshop is open to fiddle players but may be of interest to other strings players. We may also be able to accommodate guitar and other accompanying instruments depending on numbers. Please contact us if you are unsure about attending on your instrument. The course is open to players of differing abilities, but not absolute beginners. And whilst this course is aimed at adults, we are happy to include teenagers if they would be comfortable working in our adult space
Catering is once again provided in house, but the year with a major change. Amy has passed over chefs duties to her Auntie Sareth. This decision is based on years of visits to Auntie Sareth’s house and being served endlessly delicious meals!
There is limited accommodation at Ardkinglas
where you can stay as a guest of the house. Alternatively, there is
accommodation in the village of Cairndow at the Stagecoach Hotel
www.cairndowinn.com (easy walking distance) or
there are a few local B&Bs.
Please select your preferred booking method and have your payment details ready.
You can pay either the full course fee or an advance deposit with the balance due at the workshop.
The deposit is half the full price of the course and is non-refundable. If however you are unable to attend, then this deposit can be carried forward to another course of your choice at a later date.
There are also a limited number of lower rate places available on all of Amy’s courses open to anyone who finds it a struggle to pay the full fee. Please contact Amy for more information if you would like to attend paying the lower rate.
Full course fee / full board- £250
Lower rate course fee / full board - £190
Full course fee + meals (excluding B&B) - £190
Lower rate course fee + meals (excluding B&B) - £140
Please make sure to contact Amy before you choose the lower rate fee.
On completion of booking, please send me an email with the following information.
Your Full name and contact details including email, telephone, and
The instrument you play and how many years you have played it.
Any dietary requirements you have and the amount you have paid.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org