The Scottish Session
The Slow Session Class
The Slow Session class (or "Beginners Session") is run by The ALP Scots Music Group (www.alpscotsmusic.org). It was started and has been led by Nigel Gatherer since 1998, and the main idea was to build up a repertoire and learn to play with other people. The classroom activities are just that: tunes are learned by ear, sets are compiled and music is played. The point of action is when the class is finished and we adjourn to The Wednesday Slow Session where we are joined by others and our music is played in a pub setting.
Nigel Gatherer seeks out suitable tunes for the class course, and each year a possible list of new tunes is proposed and worked through. Inevitably, some of these tune "stick" while others don't.
During the following year (starting September 2003) we're going to continue learning sets (groups of tunes which are played together), so three or four tunes will be learned and developed in blocks. I'm still putting the programme together, but below is a list of first ideas. Feel free to make suggestions for tunes to learn: email me.