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Scottish 2

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LEVEL: intermediate/advanced

INSTUCTOR: Katie McNally

Try out free SAMPLE LESSONS   If you have finished AFM Scottish 1, you are ready for this course of intermediate Scottish Fiddle Lessons.   With over a decade of experience teaching and performing, Katie McNally is one of the leading voices in Scottish music in North America. A favorite at fiddle camps across the country, Katie brings her fun­-loving teaching and expertise straight to your home through the American Fiddle Method Online School! Each lesson has been thoughtfully created to feature a specific aspect or technique of Scotland’s rich fiddle tradition. Katie will bring you on a musical journey across the landscape of Scotland to sample the Gaelic­-inflected tunes of the west coast, the shuffle­ bowing of Shetland and fiery reels of Cape Breton. You’ll learn a variety of tunes such as strathspeys, jigs, reels and bagpipe tunes and how to play them authentically. By the end of the course, you’ll be arranging your own sets of tunes to be ready to join a local session, compete at a fiddle contest at a highland games festival, or play for a dance!

Scottish Course Info

By the end of the program, you will be able to…

  • play 17 common Scottish session tunes
  • incorporate stylistically appropriate ornamentation
  • incorporate stylistically appropriate bowings
  • construct sets of tunes
  • distinguish regional variations and styles—Northeast, Cape Breton, Shetland, etc.
  • identify and play different types of dance tunes




Lesson 1 Three Lists
Lesson 2 Anatomy of a Fiddle Tune
Lesson 3 Strategies for Learning by Ear
Lesson 4 Small Overlapping Phrases (SOPS)
Lesson 5 Muscle Memory
Lesson 6 Using a Metronome


Lesson 1 Jack Broke da Prison Door
Lesson 2 Jack Broke da Prison Door w/Shetland Shuffle
Lesson 3 Updriven bow
Lesson 4 Captain Campbell
Lesson 5 74th Highlanders Quickstep
Lesson 6 Unisons
Lesson 7 I Won’t Do the Work
Lesson 8 Jessie Smith Camp Breton version
Lesson 9 Jessie Smith Scottish version


Lesson 1 Gladstones variations
Lesson 2 Road to the Isles
Lesson 3 Sailors Wife
Lesson 4 Carnies Canter
Lesson 5 Juniper Jig
Lesson 6 Lass o’ Corrie Mill
Lesson 7 Da Unst Bridal March
Lesson 8 Hills of Glenorchy
Lesson 9 Calum Finlay
Lesson 10 Dusky Meadow

Lesson 1 Introduction Making Sets
Lesson 2 MSR Set (march, strathspey, reel)
Lesson 3 Jig Set