How to Play Shetland Fiddle

Kevin Henderson, with Ewen Thompson, guitar
100-Minutes, includes music booklet. Download only.
  • Code:DLHENSF21
  • Skill Level:Near-Beginner (2)
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Kevin Henderson was born and raised in Scotland’s Shetland Islands, an archipelago with a rich and highly renowned fiddle tradition. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest Celtic-style fiddlers and is in hot demand, playing with some of the best-known groups and musicians in the traditional music scene. 

On this 100-minute tutorial, Kevin covers five classic tunes in traditional Shetland style. He breaks each one down in note-for-note detail, pausing to offer valuable tips and exercises. The clear onscreen angles show bowing, fingering hand and musical notation simultaneously. Although a basic knowledge of the fiddle is necessary, these lessons are taught slowly and carefully enough so that even a near-beginner can play the tunes.

The pieces you’ll learn to play include up-tempo dance tunes as well as lovely slow airs, including Oliver Jack (reel); Da Delting Bridal March (slow march); Vallafield (jig); Da Trowie Burn (slow air) and Ahint da Dykes o' Voe (reel).


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