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Klezmer Strings Workshop

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

The Eastern European fidl (violin) once symbolised the essence of the klezmerstyle and was the core instrument of any Jewish wedding band.(Kapelye). Come and Immerse yourself in the joy and the energy of this irresistible and compelling music. Gica will introduce simple tunes, the modes, ornamentation, and sekund accompaniment, along with some of the dance steps integral to this soulful happy/sad music.

While aimed primarily at violin players, viola and cello players are very welcome too.  You should be a competent player of at least two or three years experience and able to learn and play by ear. (Sheet music or online links to music will be available).

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

You should be a competent player of at least two or three years experience and able to learn and play by ear. (Sheet music or online links to music will be available).

Content of Course

Morning:

Listen to source recordings

Introduction to the modes

Sing, learn, and play a simple melody by ear

Afternoon:

Explore and learn about the ‘sekund’, the underlying rhythmic accompaniment part

Bring together melody and sekund.

Try some dance steps that go with the klezmer tune we have learnt

All playing all dancing finale

Teaching method(s)

A mixture of practical instruction (playing) and tutor-led discussion will be used

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • have familiarity with the klezmer modes;
  • play 2 pieces;
  • have understanding of the basics of klezmer fidl genre;

have information on useful websites, further courses, and routes into playing more of this style of music.

Sources

Web Sources

http://www.britannica.com/art/klezmer-music

Queries

If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.