Unlike many workshops - WE'RE DIFFERENT...

...We DON'T believe in using a workshop to learn new tunes.

We believe in using a workshop to learn the inflections & accents that make tunes come ALIVE!

Boasting 3 world class tutors in Fiddle, Guitar and Whistle. Our workshop delivers a high-end musical masterclass in Dunoon’s much acclaimed Burgh Hall. Our modern approach to learning begins a month

before the workshop. We send the sheet music and tune structure in "mp3" to you via email in June, allowing "sight readers" and "learn by ear" students time to grasp the tunes 30 days BEFORE the workshop begins. 


We want you to leave the workshop FEELING the music, not just memorizing the notes!

Prior knowledge and confidence in the tunes enhance the overall workshop experience. 

It's with this modern approach and researched teaching method, that musicians

develop a well rounded experience with the prep work in place.


    Fàilte to the Dunoon Scottish Music Workshop

         "We're different... but in the right way." 

"What ability is required and how do I join a workshop?"

The age limit for these workshops is 18 years and older.


FIDDLE players should be able to play scales in B Flat though to E

and feel comfortable playing reels and jigs at 110 bpm or slow ceilidh dance speed.


WHISTLE or GUITAR players should simply be of sound intermediate standard.

Ability to read music fluently is not a prerequisite, although sheet music will be available at all times.The aim is to develop technique, not to simply bag more tunes. Our ability target all players is advanced-intermediate and good amateur players with sound basic technique.

Please select your Instrument & Tutor below to join a workshop

  • Understanding phrasing and dynamics.

  • Bowing techniques and ornamentation for the playing of reels and jigs.

  • Tone production, colour, expression and bow control in slow airs

  • The use of higher positions in fiddle tunes.

  • Arranging for fiddle groups, including harmonies, intros, links and endings.

  • Effective double stopping

  • How to make pipe marches more authentic by improving rhythmic control, bowing and using pipe style ornamentation.

  • Playing faster and more accurately as a group.

Guitar DADGAD & Conventional - Aaron Jones

"Instrumentalist of the Year" and Won "Album of the Year" at the Scots Trad Music Awards

  • Tune Accompaniment - Working on accompaniment parts for pre-recorded tunes. Looking at chord variations, substitutions, rhythm variations, capo use and counterpoint.

  • Song Accompaniment - Sympathetic arrangement ideas, how to create parts, hook lines and the colour and dynamic you need to bring the songs story to life.

  • Solo Guitar - Arranging and performing tunes for solo finger style guitar.

  • Strumming Hand Technique - The strumming hand is what makes your playing unique to you. We look at ways you can colour strumming with a variety of techniques.


High D and Low D Whistles - Marc Duff

Co- Founder of Celtic Band "Capercaillie" A graduate of Guidhall School of Music and is an extensive Session Musician

  • The use of breath control for shaping phrasing and utilising dynamics (volume), particularly in relation to playing slow airs, as well as jigs, reels, strathspeys etc.

  • How to use suitable articulation, ie. single, double and triple tonguing for different styles of tune, in conjunction with ornamentation.

  • Using appropriate ornamentation to enhance the character and rhythmic  feel of a tune.

  • Using the above techniques to explore the different, contrasting styles of repertoire from  the east and west coast of Scotland, as well as the Irish traditions.

  • How to construct harmonies and instrumental breaks, both as pre-planned and improvised ideas, within  a group arrangement.


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