Explore our online Local Music Database
Whether you are a complete beginner, or just looking for some lessons to improve your double-stopping or your saltando, you can search our online database for a local fiddle tutor to help you. In addition to this our database provides a list of activities you can join in with including sessions where you can put your newly acquired skills to work. Click Local Music Database
on the menu on the left of the page and follow the links.
Fiddle Fun for kids - 10am-6pm weekends and every day during the Easter holidays
Bring your family into ExploreMusic and pick up a children's activity pack which contains everything they need to keep them busy whilst they're in the building. A treasure hunt that will take you on a self-led tour around the building, a quiz, a word search and pictures to colour in too. All activities are based on our Fiddles theme so your children will be learning all about the instrument and music at the same time as enjoying themselves. Children must be accompanied by an adult whilst doing the activities in the building.
We have brought together a selection of interesting instruments, violin parts, accessories and luthier's tools for you to look at in ExploreMusic. If you have any questions regarding any of them please ask one of the team, or you could save them for our 'Fiddle Making' talk with Tarquin Bolton on 14th April. See the link to the right of the page for more information.
We have a range of books and magazines for fiddle enthusiasts here in ExploreMusic, including interesting titles for loan to help you understand the intricacies of the instrument. Here is small selection of what's available:
'How to tell the nationality of old violins' by Balfouror
'British Violin Makers' by Morris
'Jewish Instrumental Folk Music' by Mark Slobin
'Stephan Grappelli: with and without Django' by Balmer
Search our online catalogue to reserve your copy of any of the above or many more of the books in our collection. If you're not already a library member but live in the North East, you're welcome to join up - membership is free! Request your membership online now - click the membership link to the right of the page. Then you'll just have to pop in with some proof of address to collect your library card.
The Sound Gallery
at Central Library has a range of CDs from the artists performing in this series plus many more fiddler CDs. We'll be featuring some of the CDs on our listening posts but you can also search the online catalogue for others available. If you're a local player and would like to e-mail us with your top 5 fiddle albums of all time, we'll do our best to feature them on our listening posts over the two months.
If you would like to notate your fiddle tune but don't have a computer or the appropriate software, here in ExploreMusic we have 18 PCs with free access for library members to music technologies to help notate your compositions or edit your recordings. If you need some assistance, we'll also train you absolutely free of charge! For more information on the packages we offer visit our Music Software
World Wide Web
There's a vast array of resources out there on the web which can help you to learn more about fiddles and their music. Here are our top 4 recommendations:
- Andrew Kuntz's descriptive index of North American and British Isles Music for the fiddle. A truly amazing resource.
- All you ever wanted know about abc notation by the inventor Chris Walshaw.
- John Chamber's abc file search engine. Probably the best single collection of abc files this side of the Mason-Dixon line!
- Simple and easy to use site from Jeremy Keith. A great resource for tunes and active forums with new tunes being added every day.
There are many ways you can get involved with exposed:
Fiddles. Come along to one of the gigs, talks, masterclasses or workshops here at The Sage Gateshead. Click the link to the right of the page for more information.