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SMG Beginners Mandolin

I teach an adult evening class in Beginners Mandolin with the Scots Music Group in Edinburgh (Boroughmuir School - map). Whether participants have played before or not, I will be treating everyone as if they're picking up an instrument for the first time; it's the only way to be fair to all class members.

During the course we'll be learning the techniques necessary to playing the mandolin, building up a repertoire of tunes, and learning about mandolin music from around the world.

Below is the schedule for the course up to this time. If you have any further questions, please ask (email me).

Last updated: 19/04/10
Location: B'muir School
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 7.45-9.15
Date Aims Tunes  
Term C (April-May 2010)  
20/4 C1 Irish Music 2 Johnny McIljohn's No.1 [MP3]
27/3 C2 Chords Over the Sea to Skye
4/5 C3 Pentatonics Workshop
11/5 C4 Composition Workshop
18/5 C5 Strathspey Cutting Bracken
1/6 C6 End of term session (informal)
  Term B (January-March 2010)  
12/1 B1 Irish Music 2 Johnny McIljohn's No.1 [MP3]
19/1 B2 Shetland Music 1 Donald Blue [MP3]
26/1 B3 Bluegrass Fire On the Mountain [MP3]
2/2 B4 Reels Short Coated Mary [MP3]
9/2 B5 Irish Music 3 Star of the County Down [MP3]
16/2 MID-TERM - no class  
23/2 B6 Jigs Fear a Bhois Fada Gun Phosadh [MP3]
B7 Hornpipes Harvest Home [MP3]
9/3 B8 World music Cerdetshni [MP3]
16/3 B9 Revision My Home Town
Dirty Old Town
23/3 B10 End-of-Term session  
19/3 End-of-Year Students' Concert St Oswald's Hall, Montpelier  
23/2 B9 American Music 2 Liza Jane
30/3 B10 Irish Scattery Island Slide
15/9 A1 Introduction/1st steps The Clock Tower  
22/9 A2 Tune structure
First of October
Jenny Long Legs
29/9 A3 Upstrokes Coulter's Candy  
6/10 A4 Rhythm Over the Sea to Skye [MP3]
14/10 A5 Song airs The Barnyards of Delgaty [MP3]
20/10 MID-TERM - no class  
27/10 A6 C natural The Rakes of Mallow [MP3]
3/11 A7 Note durations Doon In the Wee Room [MP3]
10/11 A8 A Scottish sound Wha Wadna Fecht for Charlie [MP3]
17/11 A9 American music Old Joe Clark  
24/11 A10 Irish music Britches Full of Stitches [MP3]
1/12 A11 Recap    
8/12 A12 End-of-Term Stramash: