A New Lesson – some serious bowing!


Now to some serious bowing with this new video of the famous strathspey, Stirling Castle.

If practiced well, this lesson will help you with your bow control and dexterity.

  1. Slow down the video and take your time, there’s no rush.
  2. Give all the notes the right time and build on it like that.
  3. Loop the bits that you can’t get right away and repeat, repeat, repeat.

It’s a great tune so learn it well.

Go raibh maith agaibh go léir,
Mairéad x

1 Comment

  1. Ester Ashule on 15 February 2021 at 20:19

    When I was in Ecuador, I went to a conservatory for almost year before I went back to boarding school. After my audition, they placed me in piano. I did not have a piano. So following a story I was told, I created a cardboard piano to practice my do re mi s. A couple of my friends were placed in the standard flute. I was so envious since they could carry their instruments. After I mentioned I couldn’t tell if I was playing properly since I couldn’t hear the sounds, They sent me to the house of the of the church president several blocks away. The first time, I walked there slowly feeling mortified that I had to practice in front of people who knew how to play. There were music books with 6 to 8 notes in a line all semi corcheas. Once I tried to see if could do it, and all the black dots in the page started moving ? around. I never finished beginner’s book 2..

    So imaginary bowing is doing well. Today (15th Feb) I am going to try bowing with my left hand and see which arm wants to do what. But inquiring atoms ⚛️ want to know …why is a part of the bow called a frog?? Do you have Gaelic names for the instrument parts? I saw a video of the old timer Irish fiddlers making it from a metal can and not wood while on their journeying. That helped me understand a lot about it.


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