The Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling

Traditional Scottish Fiddle Music

Topic Classes 7/29

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Topic Classes                                                               Click here to download a complete description list from the Document Library

Tuesday 7/29, 8:15 - 9:15 p.m.

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Today's Special Topic


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:


Joanna Johnson introduces you to a Tune Writing Workshop

Have you always wanted to write a tune but didn't know where to start? This is the class for you! We'll discuss the building blocks and structure of traditional Scottish tunes, review the most common scales and modes that appear in our fiddle repertoire, and dive right into writing some tunes ourselves! A little introduction to ABC notation will also be included. You too can be a composer and you too can contribute to next year's Book of Tunes!


Tune Time


Today's session:  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.  This evening, Dr. Turner will explore:

      1. the John Clark Collection (1797), the eighteenth century music source designated for study at Jink 2021
      2. the Jink Book o’ Tunes 2021, 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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