Fiddle courses for
Beginners and Improvers
you' note from Iris, age 25, a complete beginner from Maine, USA,
perfectly illustrates what Kerry Fiddles aim to provide.
if you have never played any musical instrument before, by the end
of the week youíll be playing
your first tune on the fiddle. Morning classes are a hoot, thereís
no music theory, no pressure and no rush. Afternoons are free to
explore the most beautiful part of Ireland.
For improvers itís
a chance to devote a week to your music, to getting new tunes, improving
technique and learning how to teach yourself.
playing is of an appropriate standard we will also organise, as part
of your course, to have lessons with a couple of local fiddle players
who will teach you some tunes with a Kerry flavour.
We do our
best learning when weíre relaxed, so donít expect a studious music
course. Though we aim to motivate, lay solid foundations and teach
effective practice, our main concern is that you have fun while you
are here and leave feeling confident and capable of developing further
on your own.
are held at our house, in a spacious music room with great acoustics
and mountain views. Though it feels spectacularly remote, we are only
4 miles from Kenmare.
are free for you to do what you want. There are loads of ideas
on our 'Free Time' page and all are within easy driving distance of
lots of evening sessions in the many bars in and around Kenmare and
regular concerts by top players at Kenmare's Carnegie Hall.
last ten years we have hundreds of students from every continent, yes,
even Antarctica! Many are happy to share e-mail addresses and quite
a few get together to play tunes they learned here in Kenmare.
If you would
like to be plugged in to the Kerry Fiddles network let us know where
you are and we'll see what we can do.
fiddle style is probably closest to her teachers, Kevin Burke (Sligo)
and Martin Hayes (East Clare), so If you are an advanced player and
would like to learn the Kerry/Sliabh Luacra style please let us know
and we can arrange for you to have lessons with some fabulous local
of you familiar with Bristol Fiddles will know about our Weekend Workshops
with Kevin Burke, Tommy Peoples, Brendan McGlinchey, Paul O'Shaughnessy,
Ciaran Boyle, Pete Challoner, Des Hurley, Bernard and Gerard KilBride,
Joe Scurfield and Henry Sears.
planning to put similar workshops on in Kenmare. Send
us your e-mail
address if you'd like advance notice.