Workshops 2020

DateTutorWorkshop TitleAbility Level
Saturday 25th AprilJohn KirkpatrickA1 - Chords and Extra Notes on the Right-Hand SideI/H
Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne
B1 - Outside of the OrdinaryB/I
Hazel AskewC1 - Song Accompaniment and ArrangementI/H
Steve DumpletonD1 - Bringing the Tune to LifeB/I
Sunday 26th AprilJohn KirkpatrickA2 - Fire up the Engine Room B/I
Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne
B2 - Making the Most of the 2-RowI/H
Hazel AskewC2 - Playing for DancingB/I
Steve DumpletonD2 - One-Row WondersI/H

See here for explanation of ability levels.

Saturday 25th April

A1 – John Kirkpatrick*

Chords and extra notes on the Right Hand Side – Intermediate/Higher Level

Explore the fun of adding one or two or three notes to what you’re already playing on the right hand side. You can produce lush swathes of harmony – ideal for song accompaniments or supporting other instrumentalists – or punch notes in under the tune to emphasize the rhythm you’re trying to establish. And you can provide some of the chords that aren’t there on the left hand side. Aimed at players of a normal eight bass G/D two-row, but as we reach outer space it will help if you have the two accidental buttons under your chin.

B1 – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

Outside of the Ordinary – Basic/Intermediate Level

An exploration of some areas of music and playing that will be out of the ordinary to most people playing the D/G melodeon in the English style. These will include some unusual time signatures, some alternative keys and modes and some slightly unusual styles while still remaining within the idiom of English music. Along the way we will also explore aspects of playing technique and musical interpretation. 

C1 – Hazel Askew

Song Accompaniment and Arrangement – Intermediate/Higher Level

In this workshop we will push the boundaries of how to use the melodeon as an accompanying instrument. In the sessions we will learn a few songs as a group, and then learn the melodies and basic chords on the melodeon before working on arranging them. We will explore a variety of accompaniment techniques including different left and right hand chords, rhythmic ideas, riffs and other techniques to help tell the story of a song. Many of the techniques in this workshop will also be relevant for arranging and accompany tunes

D1 Steve Dumpleton

Bringing the Tune to Life  – Basic/Intermediate Level

The basic tune, whether learned from written notation or by ear, is just the beginning; the bare bones. This workshop will explore how we can develop the tune, bringing those bones to life to make music.  Minimum instrument requirement: Two-row melodeon in D/G. 

Sunday 22nd April

A2 – John Kirkpatrick*

Fire up the Engine Room – Basic/Intermediate Level

The bass buttons make up half the noise you’re producing, but it’s dismaying how little attention some players give to them. We’ll look at how to make the most of the oom pa’s to create dynamic dance music in all the common rhythms, and equally how to establish a smoother musical landscape – if you really have to! Suitable for a basic eight bass two-row in G and D.

B2 – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

Making the Most of the 2 Row – Intermediate/Higher Level

This workshop will explore the full capabilities of the humble two-row eight-bass melodeon. Using various English tunes, we will look at ornamentation, variation, right and left-hand harmony, accidentals and making the most of just eight basses. It is recommended that you have an instrument with standard accidentals at the top of the keyboard or on a third row. Having an instrument with third-less bass chords or with the ability to remove them would also be beneficial, but it is not essential. 

C2 – Hazel Askew

Playing for Dancing – Basic/Intermediate Level

This workshop will explore English dance tunes and how to bring them to life. We will learn a few different kinds of dance tunes (including ceilidh tunes and morris dance tunes) and explore left hand accompaniment techniques, how to bring the melody to life in your right hand and how to make your playing overall more danceable.

D2 Steve Dumpleton

One-Row Wonders – Intermediate/Higher Level

Less is more! A one-row melodeon can be extraordinarily satisfying for both players and listeners, with opportunity for a richness of sound and tremendous rhythmic drive. Taught in the key of D, this workshop explores some one-row techniques and styles which can be used in many tunes. This is a chance to air your one-row four-stop melodeon in D or a two-row instrument with a low-octave voice if you have one. But don’t worry if not – a standard two-row D/G melodeon will be fine.  

*Because John is always such a popular tutor, we’re limiting you to just one of his units over the weekend to give as many people as possible an opportunity to work with him.

Mini Workshops

On the Saturday afternoon we also run some “mini-workshops” starting at 15:50 and finishing at 17:00. You can opt for one, or can opt out entirely. These are run by Theo, Rees, Vicky and Bob and are as follows:

M1Theo GibbMelodeon MaintenanceReeds and Tuning.
M2Rees WessonGateway to the blues in F#mAn introduction to playing the blues melodeon. Don’t be put off by the key of F#m – all the notes you will need are available on a standard two-row D/G melodeon.
M3Vicky CooperIntroduction to G/CLooking at one simple tune and learning how to use your keyboard and bellows differently from a D/G instrument. Bring your own G/C box or, for those who don’t have one, there may be a limited number of G/C instruments available to borrow for this workshop. Try to find one for yourself, but failing that you can ask the organisers what is available.
M4Bob EllisYorkshire Dales TunesLearn a couple of traditional tunes local to the Yorkshire Dales from Bob’s new book which should – finally! – be in print by the time Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020 takes place.