Courses

You do not have to be able to read musical notations to attend the courses. All information regarding the mini-workshops can be found here: https://www.nuernberger-borduntage.de/en/mini-workshops-2/

Hurdy-gurdy – Advanced III (Gilles Chabenat)

Course language: English

In this course we will discover different technical aspects of the hurdy-gurdy: adjustments, fingerings, scales and modes, ornaments, nuances and accents. Then the different playing modes and their possible combinations are discussed: legato, staccato, dissociated, etc. These different points are illustrated with some simple melodies worked out together.

Requirement: Very experienced in playing the hurdy-gurdy, as well as a safe 3 to 4 beat. Being able to play the 6 beat regularly is an advantage, but not a requirement. Reading sheet music is helpful, but not a requirement.

 

Hurdy-gurdy – Advanced II (Harald Bauweraerts)

Course language: English

During this workshop there will be a lot of space in which we will improvise through specific exercises. Polyphony, swing and groove will also be extensively practiced. As well as melodies and techniques for both left and right hand. In short, we’re going to have fun.

Requirement: recorder, well tunable and adjusted hurdy-gurdy

 

Hurdy-gurdy – Advanced I (Ron Winkler)

Course language: German

Fourth stroke… And now?!?

The main focus of the workshop will be to refresh and consolidate the fourth stroke. On a simple melody we will practice and improve the timing and quality of the buzzing. We will continue to work out a “modular system” with the help of which every imaginable time signature, including odd ones, such as 5th and 7th rhythms, can be represented musically interesting and sophisticated with the four-beat.

I will pick up the participants at the point of their playing abilities and design the course level in such a way that nobody is excessively over- or under-challenged.

Requirement: Solid melody playing and buzzing on 2 (if possible 4) positions. Knowledge of music is helpful but not absolutely necessary, as we want to work on the pieces by ear.

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Hurdy-gurdy – Slightly Advanced II (Sebastian Elsner)

Course language: German

This course is aimed at players who have already gained experience with the hurdy-gurdy. Can you play simple melodies, can you stably double-beat and want to continue working from there? Is it best to learn the four-beat and work on separating the left and right hands? Then this course is the right one for you! Melodies and embellishments will be conveyed to you as well as snare techniques and simple accompaniments. In order to do andjust to previous knowledge and to respond to individual needs, the course can also consist of individual and group lessons. We will work with traditional German, Swedish and French tunes.

Requirement: have first experience with the hurdy-gurdy and can play simple melodies and single strokes on first and third position.

 

Hurdy-gurdy – Slightly Advanced I (Thomas Blau)

Course language: German

This course is aimed at players who have already gained some experience with the hurdy-gurdy. Nevertheless, the basics of playing the hurdy-gurdy are not neglected! Melodies and embellishments will be conveyed to you as well as snare techniques and simple accompaniments. You can already play simple melodies and have a steady buzz in 1st and 3rd position and want to continue working from there? Maybe the separation of the left and right hand? Then this course is the right one for you!

Requirement: have first experience with the hurdy-gurdy and can play simple melodies and single strokes on first and maybe third position.

 

Hurdy-gurdy – Beginners (Alex Zwingmann)

Course language: German

This workshop focuses on players who want to learn hurdy-gurdy or have little experience with the instrument. You will focus on playing melodies as well as 1- and 2-times beat. Using simple compositions, Alex will show you how to rhythmize them with trumpet and what exercises will bring you to success quickly.


Requirement: None

 

Huemmelchen – Advanced (Thomas Zöller)

Course language: German

In this course you will focus on playing melodies at middle and high tempo and different meter as well as advanced ornamentation. During the course you’ll be playing in huemmelchen and the chanter of the huemmelchen, respectively. 


Requirement: 
The course is aimed at more advanced players. You should be able to play the melody and various individual musical suggestions (opening and closing).

 

Course for half-open bagpipes – Advanced (Mattis Branschke)

Course language: German

Everything alright?! A course for advanced players and those who want to become one.

In this course we want to focus on modern repertoire for the bagpipes. If the appeal of traditional melodies is often their simplicity, more modern pieces are often the chance to explore all the possibilities of the instrument, and maybe sometimes to go to and beyond the limits of the instrument. In this course I would like to show you that you don’t need to be afraid of it, but on the contrary can have a lot of fun with new compositions.

If you own instruments in other tunings, you are more than welcome to bring them with you.

Lessons are mainly by ear. Sheet music is available if required.

It is convenient to bring a recording device.

Requirement: Players who already have a little experience on the bagpipes and can keep a steady tone and play simple melodies.

 

Huemmelchen – Beginners and Slightly Advanced (Christian Dreier & Rick Krüger)

Course language: German

This course is aimed at anyone interested in trying out playing the bagpipes. Together we will approach this exciting musical instrument and find out how to get the first notes out of it. In addition to first finger exercises on the chanter, we will deal with “blow and press” in order to produce an even tone and finally study the first simple melodies.  For the advanced players among you, I will also show embellishment techniques and work with you on how to make your pieces more exciting.
Requirement: None (Fun and interest in playing bagpipes)

 

Ensemble (Pascale Rubens & Toon van Mierlo)

Course language: English

Welcome to this workshop set. This session will be a bit unusual as together we will create a piece of music that sounds like a folk soundtrack for a movie. So you don’t have to learn a lot of melodies, but you have to learn a lot of riffs, small melody parts and rhythmic patterns. This gives us the opportunity to play together, to listen to each other and to combine all the instruments and sounds. So yes, welcome to this heartfelt music experience and let’s have fun. This is great love.

Requirements: Basic knowledge of the instrument you are playing. Open to all instruments. Please write the instrument(s) you play in the comment field during registration. No loan instruments are provided for the ensemble course.

 

Ensemble and Dance (Daniela Heiderich)

Course language: German

Dance music and dancing: This course is holistic! We will play folky dance music and learn some tricks how to interpret and arrange it in a groovy and danceable way. From beautiful melodies we will create pieces that will make the dancers’ feet itch. And since you get the feeling for dance music best when you know what is actually being danced to, in this course you will not only get to know the music, but also the associated dances. An all-round program!

Requirements: Basic knowledge of the instrument you are playing. Open to all instruments. Please write the instrument(s) you play in the comment field during registration. No loan instruments are provided for the ensemble course.

 

Violin (Saskia Maria)

Course language: German

The course is aimed at players who can already play simple melodies on the violin. Together we will expand your repertoire of traditional Irish tunes by learning them by ear. For these pieces we will work out different possibilities of decoration.

Requirements:

Basic knowledge of the instrument, reading music is an advantage but not mandatory, as we will learn the melodies by ear