Anne's new instruction books
A Guide to
Celtic-Canadian Fiddling Through Rhythm
A special Book/CD set to help you learn the essentials of playing Celtic-Canadian fiddling from the very beginning through to advanced techniques of bowing, rhythm, fingering and ornamentation. Designed to help you learn by ear, reading music is not required, just a willingness to dive in there and give it at try.
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Anne has taught for: The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, The Wales Fiddle Festival, The Lakeland Fiddlers (England), The Viljandi Folk Festival (Estonia), The Inuvik Fiddle Society, The Kole Crook Fiddlers, Strings Across the Sky,The Orangeville Fiddle and Step-Dance Camp, Algoma Trad (St. Joe's Island, Ontario), The Hockley Valley Fiddle Camp, The Sunshine Coast Summer Camp, Smithers March Break Camp, The Goderich Celtic College, the Oakville Suzuki School, The Cabbagetown Suzuki School, The Woods Music and Dance Camp, the Waldorf Summer Strings Program, Worlds of Music Toronto, Dixon Hall, The Augusta Heritage Centre (West Virginia) and at Festivals throughout Canada and the U.S.
Contact Anne for further information on group or private lessons.
From the traditions of Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, parts of France and Spain, Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and other places those wandering Celts have ended up, these traditions vary greatly from place to place, influenced by whatever cultures they come into contact with. But at the heart are the old dance rhythms - marches, jigs, reels and hornpipes, along with newer 'grooves' like waltzes, polkas, two-steps, foxtrots and more. They have their own bowng and ornamentation, much of which is not notatable and can only be learned by ear. In other words, you can't learn to fiddle from a book!
So, listen every chance you get, hang out with good fiddlers, ask questions, observe, imitate and jump in there. The world of folk fiddling, where rhythm rules, awaits you.
PRIVATE FIDDLE LESSONS
AT ANNE'S HOUSE (Toronto) For adults (Beginner to Advanced) and kids (intermediate to Advanced). Contact Anne for more info.
ONLINE WITH ANNE - You need Skype, a computer and a videocam. You sign up through Paypal, we test the Skype connection ahead of time, we set a lesson time, and we're away!
Adult (14 and up): I hour - $60.
Youth (11-13): 45 minutes - $45.
Children (8-10): 30 minutes - $30.
Anne offers classes at RCM in downtown Toronto at 3 levels: Beginner, Intermediate (have played for 1-2 years) and Advanced (more than 2 years). Classes run in 14-week sessions, beginning in September and January. Advanced classes are on specific styles: Scottish, French-Canadian/Metis, Old Time Canadian, or IRish.
Beginner: Tuesdays, 6:15 -7:45 p.m.
Intermediate: Tuesdays, 8:00 -9:30 p.m.
Advanced: Mondays, 6:15- 7:45, 8:00-9:00.
2012/2013: French-Canadian/Metis Fiddlng.
For further info consult the RCM Community School Calendar, or e-mail Anne. For Registration, please go to www.rcmusic.ca or call RCM: (416) 408 - 2824.
Tamarack'er Down Ensemble: For Intermediate/Advanced adults. We work on a variety of reprtoire arranged in 2 and 3 parts for concert performance. Twic a year (Christmas nad Spring) we undertake a number of community concerts in Seniors Homes, shelters etc.
Anne has taught folk fiddling from many traditions to both children and
adults, at festivals, fiddle camps, classical string camps, in groups and
solo. People learn to internalize tunes and rhythms through singing and playing, so that the music becomes truly part of them. She specializes in the following kinds of workshops:
Metis/French Canadian Fiddling
One of the great, but little-known styles of North America, Metis fiddling is a wonderful blend of Scottish, French, Aboriginal and Old-time North American traditions developed in the early fur trade days of the Canadian northwest. Acompanied by clogging, Metis tunes are highly irregular in form, but always rhythmic and always beautiful. The tradition overlaps greatly with French-Canadian tunes as played in Quebec and Acadia.
From Eastern Europe, klezmer music is the traditional voice of Ashkenazic Jewish culture. Unique scales, ornamentation, rhythms and repertoire along with a rich tradition of Yiddish song.
Canadian Fiddle Styles
Anne has learned from many wonderful Canadian musicians from several traditions: Metis and French-Canadian, Newfoundland, Cape Breton, Irish, Ukrainian, Klezmer and "Old-Time". This workshop can be given as a one-time demonstration or as an extended immersion into selected repertoire over several days.
Fiddling for String Kids
Open your ears to the possibilities of the violin. Drawing from jazz and folk traditions from many cultures--Celtic-Canadian, Metis, Scandinavian, African, Klezmer, Latin and more, students will experience some of the great musics of the world as expressed on the violin. Improvization and rhythm are at the heart of mnay of these traditions. This can be done as a one-time demonstration or a participatory workshop or extended over several sessions.