The Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling

Traditional Scottish Fiddle Music

Topic Classes 8/5

— Class Descriptions —


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

Tuesday 8/5, 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:


Maura Shawn Scanlin takes you on "A Deep Dive into Drones, Double Stops, Chords & Harmony."

During this class, we will explore a few tunes in depth, and look at our options for adding chords, drones, and double stops into the melodies for added depth in sound!  We will explore which notes to add - and why; a practical application of some basic music theory!  You will leave this class with a better understanding of how to determine a tune's key and chord structure, as well as gained knowledge of how to accompany yourself by adding double stops and chords to illuminate the harmony.


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!

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

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