You do not have to be able to read musical notations to attend the courses. All information regarding 2020´s mini-workshop can be found here:

Hurdy-gurdy – Advanced III (Francesco Giusta)

Course language: English

In this workshop we will focus our attention on the possibilities of dynamics that the instrument can offer, working on regular and irreguar beatings and speed control of the crank to create new patterns, percussive improvisations as well as way of phrasing and improvise on the keyboard. There won’t be a preferred tuning but in case we’ll find ways to adapt a tonality to our intruments. We’ll work on some irregular timing as well varying from eastern to early music.

Requirement: Good experience with the instrument, control of the regular 3 and 4 and basics of the regular 6 (not mandatory), reading music can help.

Hurdy-gurdy – Advanced II (Brian McCoy)

Course language: English
We will work on taking the buzzing beyond the standard four per revolution, concentrating on synchronization of the hands, rhythmic ornamentation and also left hand percussion. We will also work on dissociation and playing catchy riffs. 
Requirement: experience in playing hurdy-gurdy, interest in learning something new and going beyond borders. Confident playing of 4 strokes per revolution.


Hurdy-gurdy – Advanced I (Stephan Groth)

Course language: German

A living tradition is dynamic and develops itself continuously. Traditional music and instruments like the hurdy-gurdy should be approached with a lot of creativity and curiosity to experiment. Coming from that I would like to discover with you new composed pieces and work on playing and droning techniques as well as ornamentation, rythmics and improvisation (second melody, playing solo). Additionally, I would like to give you a little introduction into effect equipment as well as loop stations.

Requirement: Being able to read notes is helpful, but not necessary as we will be working on the pieces by listening.



Hurdy-gurdy – Slightly Advanced (Thomas Blau)

Course language: German
This course is for musicians, who have collected first experience with the hurdy-gurdy. Focus will also be on basics! Melody and ornamentation will be trained among other techniques like trumpeting and simple accompanying. You can play simple melodies and single strokes and want to go on from that? Maybe with coordination of left and right hand? Then this is your workshop!  

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. Anyone who has already visited one or two of my 1,5h workshops during the summer is in the right place. 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
This workshop is aimed at more advanced players. Here you will be focusing on ornamentation, melodies from Cantigas de Santa Maria, polyphonic ensemble playing of modern pieces and renaissance music as well as French and German dancing music. This course is played with huemmelchen. Thomas will bring along his schaeferpfeife, Great Highland Pipe etc. and like to introduce them.
Requirement: Advanced players, who can play melody safely and are confident with single ornamentation


Huemmelchen – slightly advanced (Christian Dreier)

Course language: German
You should therefore be able to hold a steady tone and play simple melodies. In this course you will enhance your repertoire and will work on new melodies by sheets or hearing and train on pieces with several voices. We will play on huemmelchen in C/D.
Requirement: hold a steady tone and play simple melodies


Huemmelchen – Beginners (Daniela Heiderich)

Course language: German
You are fascinated by huemmelchen or bagpipes in general and want to have a try? Or do you already have first experience and would like to get some basics for technique and playing? Then this workshop is for you! The course is aimed for beginners and beginners with first experience and gives you the opportunity to get to know huemmelchen, play the first notes, train techniques of blowing, pressure and playing to get rid of typical difficulties with the coordination every beginner has. You will also learn to play first pieces.
Requirement: None

Ensemble (Simon Wascher)

Course language: German
This course will be about getting to know, trying out and practicing different means and possibilities of interaction, and also getting more experience in arranging. How can the, often short melodies, be developed into groovy gems lasting several minutes and what can we add if several musicians play together?  

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.


Nyckelharpa – Beginners (Regina Kunkel)

Course language: German

In 2023 the first Nyckelharpa workshop will take place as part of the Nuremberg bourdon days. We would like to give all beginners and interested parties the opportunity to get to know this fascinating instrument. In addition to bow technique and posture, Regina will work with you on the first melodies and show you how versatile the Nyckelharpa can be played and used. 

Requirements: None