This beginners class is an ideal opportunity to just try out the bagpipe and German small pipe (Huemmelchen) to discover these fascinating instruments. Step by step newbies learn all the basics necessary to play the bagpipes: Blowing and coordination of the instrument, sustaining and intonation of a note and so on. In the end, everyone can play at least one melody. Those with a bit of previous knowledge of Huemmelchen or bagpipe playing get scores of tips on further development of technique, repertoire and how to continue at home. Depending on the level we’ll build two working groups at the begin of the workshop.
Neither the ability to read sheet music nor previous knowledge of the instruments are necessary for the participation. A recording device is helpful. Please indicate in the application form if you need a rental instrument! Please also state whether you’d prefer: a bagpipe (based on the Shepherd Pipe) or a German small pipe (Huemmelchen).
Scandinavian music has a very special vibe and inspires many musicians all over Europe and beyond. In terms of repertoire we will work mainly with dance tunes. We’ll dive into the typical rhythms of Polska, Schottis and other dances and discover how to support the grooves with ornamentation. In this context I’ll also show you a few dance steps to experience the interplay of music and dance. This workshop will have a slightly slower pace compared to the advanced level and thus offers the time to work on individual challenges.
We’ll play on instruments with half-closed fingering in the key of G/C. Since the tunes will be transmitted by ear, it’s not necessary to read sheet music but a recording device is very useful
Harmonies from the Early Middle Ages, such as 12th-century French motets, were often composed modally for similar voices which makes them perfect to be played with multiple bagpipes. In the Early Music different melodies usually moved in parallel, flowed into each other to create intervals of great tension as well as lightness. In our workshop I want to show you how polyphonic music works and we’ll try to create our own two- to three-voiced polyphonies. Another aspect of the course is called: Bring out the beauty of a slow air. Based on vocal music we’ll carve out emotional nuances of tunes through our ornamentation and style of playing.
This class is aimed at advanced players, who already have experience in playing the bagpipes. We’ll play on instruments in the key of G/C (16p) in half-closed fingering. Different keys may be used for the polyphony.