Allspel Nyckelharpa Tunes


Take your nyckelharpa playing to the next level with a 6-week course in playing this fascinating instrument.  Led by noted nyckelharpist Becky Weis, classes will meet via Zoom on Wednesday evenings in January and February.


Dates: Wednesdays – January 13, 20 & 27; February 3, 10 & 17 Online, via Zoom

Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM CST each week

Skill Level:  Advanced beginners and intermediate players. You should be familiar with your instrument and fingering. It is recommended that you know and play the scales for the keys of C, G, and F. We will review fingerings and arpeggios for these keys.

Class Registration Fee:  $90 for entire 6-week session

Allspel nyckelharpa tunes, safely taught on-line. Jam tunes for nyckelharpa players will include waltz, schottis, polka, eighth-note polska, and sixteenth-note polska. This 6-week, concentrated session will help provide you with the tools you need to move your playing to a higher level.

It is expected that you play Bondpolska efter Båtsmandäck, Emmasvals, Bonden i paradis (vals), and Stenbergsmarsch or Flickorna Svensson. Audio and print music available to registrants as needed for these tunes. Be sure to know these tunes before class starts. Becky will be teaching in the traditional “C” tuning, but will be able to work with you if you normally play with the “D” tuning.

Students will be sent a form upon enrollment to fill out and return to Becky, listing the tunes you know, and the tunes you would like to learn.

Students need to bring:  Nyckelharpa and bow, computer to play back audio, printer to print PDF files of tunes from classes to have as a reminder, paper and writing implement for taking notes during class or writing down questions.

Becky Weis has played and studied nyckelharpa on both sides of the Atlantic. She is known as a teacher and a player for dancers, and has fun teaching and making tunes danceable. Becky guides playing with technique tips, and likes the spirit of getting a good tune going.

Becky is also a scholar in the Swedish nyckelharpa tradition, the subject of her doctoral dissertation in ethnomusicology. She serves on the board of directors of the Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag, and teaches both nyckelharpa and hardingfele at St. Olaf’s College.