Workshops 2023

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DateTutorWorkshop TitleAbility Level
Saturday 2nd AprilJohn KirkpatrickA1 - Chords and Extra Notes on the Right-Hand Side
06Nov21 - Note that this workshop is now full
I/H
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
B/I
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 22nd 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.

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. 

Sunday 23rd 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.

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!"