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© 2018 Glengormley School of Traditional Music

Fiddle Classes

Richard Mulcahy has been playing traditional music since falling in love with it in his late teens.

 

A late starter, I still consider myself an active learner of the music, constantly seeking out new tunes. I regularly attend music workshops with the experts of the fiddle, continually adding to my repertoire. I have attended numerous fantastic summer schools over the years.

 

I play every week at the session in the Crown and Shamrock as well as part of a cross community project each week in the Barron Hall, Glengormley. I also attend other sessions occasionally. I have been involved with the adult grupa cheoil in Glengormley School of traditional music, winning the Antrim fleadh as a group in 2010.

 

I have also taken LCM exams with GSOTM, to date achieving Grade 6 (traditional). I intend to complete grade 8 this year.  In 2019, I achieved a certificate in Traditional Arts Pedagogy (music) having completed a university course led by Liz Doherty.

 

I have been teaching the beginner fiddle class for a number of years. 

Group A

Beginner fiddle week one notes:

New starts:

Please practice holding the bow and holding the fiddle.

Here is a link to a video I made which will help you practice this:

 

https://youtu.be/dHA6OvQAICU     How to hold the violin Bow

 

Go over the string names EADG - e is the highest string.

Try to learn as many of the parts of the fiddle as you can.

 

Group A (those who have been before):

Play Oro se do bheatha abhaile, the Kerry Polka each day as part of your daily practice.

Carefully bow open strings with a long bow to build up a steady sound.