FAQ’s

ANSWERS TO  FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to join the Club to visit a workshop or session?

You’re welcome to visit either the workshop or the session at any time. Sessions are open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 minimum. Workshops are $15 for non-members.

Is the Club limited to fiddlers only?

We welcome all instruments, and we’ve had guitars, pianos, mandolins, flutes, accordians, concertinas, penny whistles, cellos, bodhrans. If you can play a jig or reel on it, your instrument is welcome!

I’m a beginner. Is there a place for me in the Club?

The pace of the first part of the workshop is slow, and is oriented toward beginners and intermediate players. You need to be able to play your instrument to benefit from the workshops.

I play, but I’m not that familiar with Scottish music. What should I do?

Both the first and second part of the workshop would be valuable for you since there are key points covered in both parts. Even the second part of the workshop will give you the necessary instruction to play the grace notes, and to understand Scottish fiddle music. The sessions, even if you don’t know the tunes, will give you an understanding of the music. Sessions are a great way to make friends while having a wonderful time.

What’s the difference between Scottish and Irish music?

Come to the BSFC and find out! Really, it’s all about the type of dance that the music is played for. Reels and jigs are dance tunes, and the dances differ between Scotland and Ireland. There’s a difference in the feel of the music, and a difference in the emphasis, and where it falls in the measure. Beyond that, there are many technical differences in the bowing and other mechanics of playing. These things are covered in the monthly workshops.

My daughter is only ten, but she plays some fiddle tunes. Can she be a member?

Definitely yes!. We even have a Young Fiddlers Workshop Series the meets once a month.  Those are advanced level workshops.  For less advanced players the first half of the Sunday Meeting workshops would be more appropriate.