Dunoon Scottish Music Workshop

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Dunoon Scottish Music Workshop

Boasting 3 world class tutors in Fiddle, Guitar and Whistle. Our workshop delivers a high-end musical masterclass in Dunoon’s much acclaimed Burgh Hall. Our modern approach to learning begins a month

before the workshop. We send the sheet music and tune structure in "mp3" to you via email in June, allowing "sight readers" and "learn by ear" students time to grasp the tunes 30 days BEFORE the workshop begins.


We want you to leave the workshop FEELING the music, not just memorizing the notes!

Prior knowledge and confidence in the tunes enhance the overall workshop experience.

It’s with this modern approach and researched teaching method, that musicians develop a well rounded experience with the prep work in place.

Fiddle - Alistair McCulloch

3 x Scottish National Fiddle Champion & current Fiddle Instructor at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


Understanding phrasing and dynamics.
Bowing techniques and ornamentation for the playing of reels and jigs.
Tone production, colour, expression and bow control in slow airs
The use of higher positions in fiddle tunes.
Arranging for fiddle groups, including harmonies, intros, links and endings.
Effective double stopping
How to make pipe marches more authentic by improving rhythmic control, bowing and using pipe style ornamentation.
Playing faster and more accurately as a group.

Guitar DADGAD & Conventional - Aaron Jones

"Instrumentalist of the Year" and Won "Album of the Year" at the Scots Trad Music Awards

Tune Accompaniment - Working on accompaniment parts for pre-recorded tunes. Looking at chord variations, substitutions, rhythm variations, capo use and counterpoint.
Song Accompaniment - Sympathetic arrangement ideas, how to create parts, hook lines and the colour and dynamic you need to bring the songs story to life.
Solo Guitar - Arranging and performing tunes for solo finger style guitar.
Strumming Hand Technique - The strumming hand is what makes your playing unique to you. We look at ways you can colour strumming with a variety of techniques.

High D and Low D Whistles - Marc Duff

Co- Founder of Celtic Band "Capercaillie" A graduate of Guildhall School of Music and is an extensive Session Musician

The use of breath control for shaping phrasing and utilising dynamics (volume), particularly in relation to playing slow airs, as well as jigs, reels, strathspeys etc.
How to use suitable articulation, ie. single, double and triple tonguing for different styles of tune, in conjunction with ornamentation.
Using appropriate ornamentation to enhance the character and rhythmic feel of a tune.
Using the above techniques to explore the different, contrasting styles of repertoire from the east and west coast of Scotland, as well as the Irish traditions.
How to construct harmonies and instrumental breaks, both as pre-planned and improvised ideas, within a group arrangement.

Dunoon Scottish Music Workshop weekend

"Boasting 3 world class tutors in Fiddle, Guitar and Whistle. Our workshop delivers a high-end musical masterclass in Dunoon’s much acclaimed Burgh Hall. Our modern approach to learning begins a month

before the workshop. We send the sheet music and tune structure in "mp3" to you via email in June, allowing "sight readers" and "learn by ear" students time to grasp the tunes 30 days BEFORE the workshop begins".

Information from this link : https://www.dunoonscottishmusicworkshop.co.uk/

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