ZdZ: R.T.Taylor

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12/05/2024 _ 18:00 h


Prezo: 25 €


Hurdy Gurdy, from Bal to Jam: using simple tech tools and techniques to help you play your best at Bal Folk and Jam sessions with R.T.Taylor from California.

Sunday 12 May. Online

Third of the online masterclasses for the Zona da Zanfona Digital series in 2024 with one of the players who has taught to most of the USA’s East Coast students and one of the pioneers of the hurdy-gurdy in the California scene since the 1980’s. This masterclass is specially orientated to beginners and intermediate players and general musicians who want to get access to hundreds of folk tunes to play at sessions. Preparatory and extra material will be given to study in the coming months and years!

About the masterclass

R.T.’s workshop is for players at all experience levels who want to transition from playing “the notes on the page” to more dynamic and interesting ways to play tunes. We start with a basic tune skeleton, then add ornaments, variations, second voices and compatable right hand techniques. Add a little improvisation and you are ready to join in at Jam Sessions and Bal Folk events with more
advanced skills and enjoy playing more.

Hurdy Gurdy players at Jam Sessions and Bal Folk dances use a core of Bourrée, Waltz, Scottish, Polka etc. dance tunes. You will use a few easy to learn tunes so that you can focus on learning new skills in the workshop.

You will receive extensive course materials that you can download. In addition, you will learn about apps for phones, tablets and computers that help you learn tunes easier, faster and more accurately and help you create second voices, harmonies and perfect your playing techniques.

About R. T. Taylor

R.T. Taylor discovered the hurdy gurdy at 5 years of age and the rediscovered it again at 35. From then and for thirty-five years playing and teaching in Japan, North and South America and Europe. He recorded with the bands French Creek (USA) and UFO (FR),  specializing in Bal Folk music from France, Hungary and Galicia.

He has given workshops in the Over The Water Festival (Seattle), Chants of Vielle (Montreal), Grand Bande in Texas, EMIM Indiana Workshop and regularly teaches lessons in Los Angeles, California and individuals world wide 24/7 via Zoom.

He studied with the best European players such as Patrick Bouffard, ‘Maxou’ Heintzen, Gilles Chabenat, Valentin Clastrier, Matthias Loibner, Cliff Stapelton, Anne-Lise Foy, Laurence Pinchemaille, Jean-Michel Péru and Bela Szerenyi Sr.. R.T. was is lecturer in Los Angeles teaching Visual Effects and Computer Graphics.


  • Type: online + extra study material
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Times: 6 pm to 8 pm (CEST)
  • Dates: Sunday 12th of May
  • Software required: zoom app
  • Language: English
  • Fee per masterclass: 25€
  • Discount fee all four ZdZ masterclasses: 80€
  • Enquiries: matricula@folque.com


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