The Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling

Traditional Scottish Fiddle Music

Topic Classes 7/28

— Class Descriptions —


Topic Classes

Tuesday 7/28, 8:15 - 9:15 p.m.


Special Topic Classes


These classes are your chance to learn about different aspects of the Scottish music tradition that our faculty is particularly passionate about!  Each session will delve into diverse topics and give you insight into some important (and awesome!) tools and ideas you can use to expand your understanding of Scottish fiddling.  Here is today's topic:


Mari Black teaches “Building Great MSR Sets

Come dive into the nuts and bolts of creating a classic Scottish performance set, the famed "MSR" -- perfect for solo performance, competition, or simply showcasing the most beloved and characteristic tune types of Scottish music.  We’ll look at how to build interesting and engaging MSRs, discover how to capture the stylistic essence of each tune, and learn how to polish the whole thing up for a great performance.   We’ll also address important areas such as stage presence, repertoire selection, and how to create a cohesive story line through the whole set.  Our goal is to bring clarity and comfort to your Scottish performing, whether you are new to MSRs or a seasoned performer looking to achieve greater mastery.  (NOTE: This is a great class to attend if you’re thinking about playing in the Practice Competition on 8/3.)


Tune Time


All six sessions:  Dr John Turner 


John Turner - a 10-time National Scottish Fiddle Champion and founder/artistic director of Jink & Diddle - is renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge of and passion for 18th century Scottish traditional fiddle music, as well as the stories behind it.  Three nights each week, Dr. Turner will explore:

      1. the Macglashan Collection, the eighteenth century music source designated for study at Jink 2020
      2. the Jink Book o’ Tunes 2020, a contemporary collection of tunes composed by Jinkers and instructors
      3. Jink’s collection of Rally Music, filled with favourite traditional tunes.

Dr John will undoubtedly share gems of related Scottish history and impart wisdom from his many years dedicated to the preservation of Scottish music.  Come play along and immerse yourself in some tunes and tales with one of the greats from the rich Scottish fiddling tradition!

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