Ian Lowthian's Music Weekends
Because of the current Coronavirus situation we have, for the moment, cancelled all of our weekends in Ettrickbridge. However, we had many of you asking about the possibility of doing some weekends by Zoom, so we gave it a go and it seems to work very well. If you fancy having a go at this you'll need a computer, tablet or phone with a camera, plus a broadband connection so you can join in from home. I will be the host and invite you to a meeting on Zoom. The weekends will run from 10.00 - 5.00 on Saturday and 10.00 - 12.30ish on the Sunday. Sounds quite intensive, but you will be given some time on your own during the day to try out some of the tunes or techniques discussed and of course have some lunch!! The fee for these weekends is £80, because you'll need to supply your own cake! Give us a shout if you want to have a go. To book in or to enquire just send me a message from the 'contact Ian' button above.
NEW DATES FOR 2021
Here are the latest dates for 2021 - All weekends will be delivered by Zoom until we're allowed to welcome you all back here to the beautiful Scottish Borders. We miss you!!
MIXED INSTRUMENTS - Unless otherwise stated, all weekends at the moment will be for mixed instruments. However, if you are not an accordionist please be aware that there may be some discussion specific to the accordion. Some of this discussion may be about chords and harmony which may be quite interesting! I'll keep it to a minimum, but feel free to go and make a cup of tea!
ACCORDIONISTS - Don't worry, I will add some accordion specific weekends soon, such as an Advanced Accordion Weekend, Left Hand Technique Weekend or Classical Music Weekend.
April 17/18 - Advanced Accordion - Zoom Weekend
May 29/30 - 1920's Tunes - Zoom Weekend
June 19/20 - Accordion Accompaniment (2nd Box) - Zoom Weekend
About the weekends
Advanced Accordion Weekend - An opportunity for the more advanced accordionists amongst you to play a bit faster, perhaps look at some advanced left hand patterns, discuss bellows techniques, the use of chords to enhance tunes etc. etc.
1920’s Music – Exactly what it says, tunes from the 1920’s. I would imagine there will be a Charleston in the mix. This weekend is for mixed instruments, however, a wee disclaimer – there may be some accordion talk!
Accordion Accompaniment (2nd Box) – Ideas and examples to use the accordion as an accompaniment instrument. There will be some discussion on chords and a bit of music theory. We may look at bellows techniques such as the bellows shake and vibrato, plus some duet playing and vamping (2nd Box) examples. Possibly some walking bass exercises too!