Advanced Scottish Fiddle Techniques

Improve your musicianship and repertoire with this course for the advanced player

The Advanced Scottish Fiddle Techniques course is for those who are fairly confident players who would like to improve their musicality.

A lot of emphasis is placed on bowing and ornamentation in this course and several less familiar keys are played including E Major and G Minor.

Similar rhythms and styles from the Intermediate course are here, however they are at a more challenging level.

Course Intro

Course Syllabus & Structure

TitleLesson Length
George McHardy26m 57s
The Sands of Murness21m 12s
The Marquis of Tullibardine20m 25s
Lady Ann Hope's Favourite22m 27s
Mrs A. McGlashan20m 02s
The Auchterarder VIP20m 37s
Ian and Kai's Trip to Thompson Island18m 12s
Rosemary Brown19m 40s
The Cat and The Dog25m 29s
The Brig o' Potarch20m 47s
The Hills of Kaitoke18m 45s
The Dashing White Eejit19m 56s

Each lesson is split into 4 or 5 clips depending on the type of tune. 

This could be:
1. A Brief Intro and Play Through
2. A tutorial on the ‘A’ Section
3. A tutorial on the ‘B’ Section
4. A tutorial on ornamentation.

Alistair McCulloch

Your Tutor -

Alistair McCulloch hails from Ayr in Scotland and is one of the country’s best known fiddle performers, teachers and composers with many appearances on radio and television. Past winner of many fiddle championships, Alistair is fiddle instructor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The Alistair McCulloch Trio features Aaron Jones of Old Blind Dogs, and former Capercaillie whistle wizard Marc Duff. His playing has seen him confirmed “as one of the finest fiddlers and composers of his generation” by The Living Tradition.

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Lesson 1. George McHardy

Alistair begins his Advanced Scottish Fiddle Technique course by looking at a four part 2/4 Pipe March by Angus Lawrie from Oban called George McHardy.   This Post is only available to


Lesson 2. The Sands of Murness

Alistair teaches the brilliant strathspey The Sands of Murness by Shetlander Frank Jamieson, who wrote some amazing tunes.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login


Lesson 3. The Marquis of Tullibardine

Alistair moves on to the reel The Marquis of Tullibardine by John Crerar, a pupil of Niel Gow in the 18th Century.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login


Lesson 4. Lady Ann Hope’s Favourite

Alistair now turns his attention to a beautiful slow air from the 18th Century by Niel Gow; a lesser known air called Lady Ann Hope’s Favourite.   This Post is only available


Lesson 5. Mrs A. McGlashan

This time Alistair focuses on a Jig in an unsual key – G Minor. Written in the 19th Century by John McGlashan.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login


Lesson 6. The Auchterarder VIP

A technical hornpipe this time written by Dundonian Angus Fitchett dedicated to Irish accordionist Paddy Neary.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 8. Rosemary Brown

A lovely waltz written by english fiddler Pat Shuldhum Shaw who also wrote the very popular Margaret’s Waltz.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login


Lesson 9. The Cat and The Dog

Another different type of tune this time, the slip jig in 9/8 time. A pipe tune from Benbecula in the Western Isles called The Cat and The Dog.   This Post is

Alistair McCulloch - Fiddle Tutor

Lesson 10. The Brig o’ Potarch

Alistair returns to the strathspey to teach one written by the legendary ‘Strathspey King’ James Scott Skinner, which contains updriven bows as a technical feature.   This Post is only available to

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Lesson 11. The Hills of Kaitoke

Alistair teaches a contemporary slow reel in E Major, written by Catherine Fraser of Adelaide, named after Camp Kaitoke, New Zealand, where the annual Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddle is

fiddle and bow

Lesson 12. The Dashing White Eejit

A great tune with a great name, Alistair’s final lesson in his Advanced Scottish Techniques course is this reel by Allan Henderson.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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