Scots Music Group Newsletter :: April 2020 #2
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April Newsletter #2

Many SMG students are able to support their tutors directly as their classes are now running online. Tutors will contact students directly if they are running online classes.

Please see the list of our tutors below who are offering additional online classes, pre-recorded tutorials, one-to-one lessons, resources, tune commissions, CDs and more...


One-to-one lessons via Skype - contact me on or phone 07709847586
I have an album that can be purchased from my website for £12 plus £2.50 p&p.  Payment can be made via PayPal or direct by cheque or bank transfer


I offer 1:1 fiddle lessons via online video chat platforms, e.g. Zoom. These are
completely tailored to individual needs and can focus on expanding repertoire, technical aspects such as bowing and ornamentation, as well as performance practice and composition, for example. I also offer tutorial packages for those aiming to learn offline and in their own time. You will be supplied with sheet music, recordings, and a short audio tutorial. 

I take tune commissions & my EP Colourworks is on sale at 
Lessons available via Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp, Facetime, Messenger
Expand repertoire ~ Scottish technique & embellishments ~ Improve bowing ~ Intonation ~ Tension free playing
£10/30 mins £20/hour

Tel: 07802 287325 or
Facebook- Kirstie McLanaghan Music
Visit for more information


1-1 Guitar lessons via skype/zoom 
Are you comfortable playing a range of chords and have a solid technique, but would like to take your playing further?
I can provide some insight in how to get more out of your playing. These lessons will focus on where you’d like to get to in your guitar playing. I will provide full music and tab for all pieces along with mp3 recordings. I’ll often provide exercises, related to the piece we are working on, to focus on a specific aspect of your playing.

Playing in standard tuning, Dropped D tuning, DADGAD tuning , flat-picking , arranging an accompaniment, chord voicing and inversions, using passing chords,  improving your rhythm, finger-picking, get to know the geography of your fretboard, explore the dynamics of your instrument,  building a chordal part, some more advanced topics such as re-harmonising, using cross rhythms, build a palette of chords and techniques you can use to develop a narrative in your arrangements and accompaniment using dynamics, rhythm, melody and harmony.
I am currently offering one-to-one online guitar lessons for any ability level.
My Scottish folk band The Gorms also has downloads and CDs available from
For enquiries contact:


Waifs & Strays of Edinburgh Melody & Song
SMG tutor Nigel Gatherer has introduced the first of a new series of books of music and song from various locales. The introductory volume is all about Edinburgh, her places, her history, her characters. In the book you'll find the story of Daft Jamie, one of Burke & Hare's final victims; Colonel Robert A Smith, the young Edinburgh man who fought in the American Civil War; the dandy of Princes Street; the Lassies o' the Canongate, the Lads o' Leith, and the Loyal Edinburgh Spearmen.

Further details from

Nigel is also continuing his Slow Session class (Wed evening) and Mixed Instrument class (Wed morning) for Term 3, online. Priority is given to existing students, but if you're interested contact him on
Nigel also offers mandolin and ukelele classes, and one-to-one tuition - full details at 
On my Patreon I plan to break down tunes, explaining different methods of approaching them to make the scary notes as approachable as a puppy [or insert whichever cute animal you wish] and how that knowledge can then feed in to creating harmonies and accompaniments. I'll also upload some video tutorials on some useful theory, and give you the opportunity to request content tackling any aspects of theory you'd like to understand. This content will be aimed at the Intermediate/Advanced player, someone who already has a good understanding of their instrument. I hope that both tune players and accompanists will be able to benefit.
Sarah Northcott offers tune commissions and her Beginning to Read Music book at Also available are the final few copies of the increasingly rare CD Cow TV by Matt Smith & Sarah Northcott!


My Patreon page gives you exclusive access to new work, a glimpse into my creative process, homemade EPs, song-gifts, online concerts and instructional videos that introduce you to folk songs. The idea is to build a like-minded community with shared interests in traditional folk songs and experimental ways of making. Patreon works by members of that community signing up to be patrons, pledging a small amount of money each money in return for regular rewards.
Robyn's CDs are available at
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If you would like to, and feel that you can afford to, you can make a donation to SMG to help support the organisation through the challenging months ahead.
For more information, Gift Aid forms & to donate please go to the Donations page on the SMG website 

Many thanks to everyone who has already made a donation 
We would be delighted to hear from anyone who is interested in joining the SMG Board. Please get in touch to find out what's involved.


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office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays as usual.
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