Ear Academy, Newburgh, Fife, KY14 6DP


Harmony BOOK

General: Please do CLICK HERE to look at this page which has information relevant to ALL mixed instrument Workshops

Many great musicians have a shaky understanding of harmony. If you read the dots, you don't need to understand this science which is why it's neglected. Yet it's something we can all understand, or begin to understand. The theory behind Harmony will be explored at this workshop.

With the basics, you can begin to loose your fear. You can try things out. You may come to use an awful sounding clash as a sign that you're right next to a great note – instead of clamming up & telling yourself you're hopeless


Therefore everybody, including complete beginners can learn much about this science. You will, however, not be able to contribute much, or possibly anything, playing wise. As long as you accept this, you're very welcome.

To contribute fully in this workshop, you should be able to play a couple of tunes, or be familiar with the usual folk chords, - D, A, E, G. If you're a little shaky that's fine.


The main focus of this workshop is to get tune instruments to play something other than the tune although we will explore other aspects & other music.

We will touch on theory quite often in this class, but our goal, is to liberate you from fear. To give you the tools you need to harmonise at will with other musicians & write your own harmony lines.

If you can harmonise at will, you can join in with anything you hear, at will. Not only that, but you'll be the one weaving that wonderful languid line through everyone elses playing.

scene from Shetland Folk Festival 2009 at the Isleburgh
scene from Shetland Folk Festival 2009 at the Isleburgh. These Hardanger fiddle players created the most amazing wash of harmony I've ever heard. .

There will be a balance of theory & … just the opposite… feeling. You'll be educated in why harmonies work, but then asked simply to give an indication on your feeling about something you hear.

Some of the theory may go over you head, but that doesn't matter. The Beachboys & the Beatles were writing fabulous harmonies long before they understood why they worked. Indeed both broke the rules regularly & thank goodness they didn't care about them..


Almost any instrument is fine for this class, including vocals. However, if you play woodwind or brass, you should be able to play quietly & in our standard folk keys of concert A, D, G. This is more difficult than the usual folk instruments so you should be quite a good player.

Bagpipes cannot be accommodate, sorry!


Prepare yourself... Sing in the car!

Push yourself. If the dog starts to howl, that's because he loves it. Yes, at first, you might think you sound awful – so what, if you keep doing it, you'll start instinctively to find notes that work. Any singing along with music will improve your ear, but trying to sing things other than the melody, will hugely help your instinctive feeling of harmony. Try loooooong notes ...


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Weavers Hall, Bank Close, Newburgh
KY14 6EG