Workshops 2022

DateTutorWorkshop TitleAbility Level
Saturday 2nd AprilJohn KirkpatrickA1 - Chords and Extra Notes on the Right-Hand Side
06Nov21 - Note that this workshop is now full
Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne
B1 - Outside of the OrdinaryB/I
Hazel AskewC1 - Song Accompaniment and ArrangementI/H
Emmanuel PariselleD1 - Introduction to French Traditional MusicB/I
Thierry BeuzeE1 - Playing with a Breton AccentI/H
Sunday 3rd AprilJohn KirkpatrickA2 - Fire up the Engine Room
03Nov21 - Note that this workshop is now full
Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne
B2 - Making the Most of the 2-RowI/H
Hazel AskewC2 - Playing for DancingB/I
Emmanuel PariselleD2 - Rhythmic Accompaniment on the MelodeonI/H
Thierry BeuzeE2 - Breton Dance MusicB/I

See here for explanation of ability levels.

Saturday 2nd 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 or elsewhere.

*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.

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 Emmanuel Pariselle

Introduction to French Traditional Music– Basic/Intermediate Level

In this workshop Emmanuel will look at music from different parts of France, especially from the south-west and central regions, and will show how to develop a distinctively French sound when playing these tunes.

E1 Thierry Beuze

Playing with a Breton Accent – Intermediate/Higher Level

In this workshop Thierry will look at some tunes from Brittany that are less well-known in England, deepening the repertoire. He will work on the style specific to each dance (phrasing, rhythm, variations, accompaniment, dance suites….) The workshop will also work on developing your own style and phrasing to give tunes a Breton “accent”!

Sunday 3rd 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.

*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.

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 Emmanuel Pariselle

Rhythmic Accompaniment on the Melodeon – Intermediate/Higher Level

Emmanuel will explore ways of enriching traditional French tunes by altering and varying the rhythms used to accompany them. He will also introduce a grid that will help participants to develop their use of additional less-obvious basses.

E2 Thierry Beuze

Breton Dance Music – Basic/Intermediate Level

Thierry will provide an introduction to the dance music of his Breton homeland, developing playing techniques and rhythms appropriate to dances such as an dros, hanter dros, laridés and simple gavottes.

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 MaintenanceA practical demonstration of how to tune reeds and solve problems when reeds are not sounding correctly.
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 book "There was None of this Lazy Dancing!"