When? 7th of November 2021

Where? Studio Coni Stella, Rome (Italy)

When? November 27, 2021

Where? Gornja Radgona music school

You can read more about the programme of visiting weekend workshops here:


I named the most serious technique training in a little funny way. I want to make the line between the inspiring informations and usefull trainings at Morning starters and the detailed explanations with all evaluations needed, very clear. I believe that violin technique is a very complex teritory, though I know there are a little things that can be just ‘grabbed’ in front of our nose, if we get a concrete information and if we can put our focus in the right way.
I don’t want to write a book about the violin Tech because the procedures have to remain flexible. When I deal with my students I use the same structured approaches with all students, but I create customize exercises in most cases. There are very good books written out there already. Ivan Galamian, Simon Fischer, Paul Roland contributed some master works to the violin technique teaching. But there are always topics, that are not explained yet. With some disciplines of violin playing, that I specialized in, I can be confident, that I can offer even some secrets, that did’t find a place in those books but are also based on the known knowledge of the great masters. General principles can’t maintain all needs of individual cases.
My way of organizing materials is web based. All the explanations in text are written in the .paper documents by dropbox, which is linked to connected issues and includes multi media materials (PDF for scores, links to audio or video records or external links). We check the understanding of instructions by uploading audio or video home records to the ‘file request’ link where we can comment on the timeline, the specific part of the record. We can tag any external people to invite them to write their comment. Commenting others is the test of understanding objectives.
In the winter semester 2021/22 I will focus mostly on:
the right hand:
-short strokes in different techniques
-funcionality of the right hand fingers
-string crossings basics with an upper arm dexterity
the left hand:
-independence of the fingers
-when changing fingers posture could be helpfull?
-useful warming up exercises


For more informations refere to:

Violin Tech winter semester 2022 (online)

Online instrumental teaching has limitations that teachers face in our daily work. But we will focus on a positive site of the unpleasant situation. Is there anything we can do in this way better? Since December 3rd 2020, we established “Morning Starters” – 30 min Zoom sessions (three times a week from 7.30am to 8am) where string players of different levels practice technique together. It helps us to:

  • organize a daily workflow better after the morning routine;
  • have a better overview of different disciplines of violin techniques;
  • organise our own planning of warming up;
  • be in better condition for playing the instrument;
  • prevent teenage depressions

Each meeting consists of two disciplines – usually one with an emphasis on the left and one on the right hand. Sometimeswe leave the leading of the exercises to one participant, so students also get the possibility to lead the exercise on their own and to compare themselves with the others.

The second winter semester 2022 will happen from November 30th 2021 to February 17th 2022. We will alternate ‘Morning Starters’ every week with “Main Dishes”, deeper explanations from chapters of the violin technique with provided materials for the methodology.

For more information refere to:

Violin Tech winter semester 2022 (online)

When: Sunday, September 26, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where: on Zoom.

Morning starters workshop “How to get there? Together!” at the international conference of the European String Teachers Association, which is going to be held online from 24 to 26 September 2021.

Lecturer: Bojan Cvetrežnik

More information can be found HERE.

Full conference schedule:

When? Thursday, August 12, 2021

Where? Kamfest Festival, Kamnik (stage “Pr’ Goslač”)

21.30 : Ida Meidell Blylod

Ida Meidell Blylod (SWE) – violin
Barja Drnovšek – e-bass, violin
Bojan Cvetrežnik – e-mandolin
Žiga Šercer – percussion
Godalkanje Fiddle Gang – violin orchestra

Ida Meidell Blylod is a Swedish baroque and folk violinist who is passionately interested in the diversity of European violin traditions. Ida’s delicate playing reveals her true ability to make every performance unique, whether she’s playing in a gloomy concert hall, on a lively dance floor, or in a crowded bar. Ida has toured European folk and baroque venues for many years, and is also sought-after as a mentor in international courses in various styles of folk music. She came to Slovenia for the first time in 2011 for joining the Etnohisteria festival. Since then, she has been returning regularly due to collaborations with the Symbolic Orchestra and Godalkanje. In 2014, she was the soloist of the international project “European Symbolic Orchestra”, with which she also recorded the album “Terrafolk & European Symbolic Orchestra – XXLive”. She performed with the Slovenian band Ida & Other Bears. We can watch quite a few recordings of her live performances online, including the ones with Godalkanje. Ida is currently playing in a Swedish folk-baroque project with Johan Hedin, a renowned soloist at nyckelharpa. She regularly collaborates with several baroque orchestras in Sweden, Denmark and France.

She will begin the concert with her solo violin programme, continue to the accompaniment of a trio, and end with the string ensemble Fiddle Gang. Ida Meidell left the greatest influence of all guest mentors on the repertoire that is part of the Godalkanje education curriculum. Together, they will take us on an energetic and colorful journey through the changing musical landscapes of Northern European folk music.

Around 22:15 follows Fidde Gang Jam – an audiophile exhibition of musical journeys, which will take you mainly into the world of Romanian and Serbian melodies thus time. It is performed by a 10-member ensemble of participants in the “Balkan Fiddle Gate” workshops, which run in parallel with Kamfest in the Mekinje Monastery.

CURATOR: Ida Meidell Blylod (SWE)

RHYTHM SECTION: Barja Drnovšek, Žiga Šercer, Danijel Bogataj

When: 9 – 13 August 2021, 11.30 – 13.00

Where: Chichester University, UK

Four years after leading ‘Upper Strings Basics’ workshops in 2017, Bojan Cvetrežnik was once again invited to give a lecture at the summer camp of the English association of string teachers – ESTA UK. This year’s ‘Daily Menu’ workshops are meant for all string players.

More information HERE.

When? 9th – 14th of August 2021

Where? Monastery Mekinje, Kamfest (Kamnik, Slovenia)

Monday – Friday: Masterclass, Special Courses, Fiddle Gang Jam
Saturday: hiking, mentor’s concert, last party
(According to weather we can change the hiking day. In this case the program is moved to Saturday.)

Participants can choose from 2 programs:
Masterclass (advanced level, audition tape required)
Special Courses (medium-advanced level)

Our mission is:
– connecting European influential crossover fiddlers with more focus on the instrument specialities than at traditional Ethno
– to learn from specialized fiddlers for some region/style
– to give a chance to join professionals
– to join every day’s ‘Fiddle Gang Jam’, with the set list known in advance, organized rhythm section and provided materials
– experiencing every day’s spontaneous jam sessions

Fiddle Gang Jam
There will be a Godalkanje tent at the festival Kamfest in the downtown of Kamnik, reserved only for Balkan Fiddle Gate participant’s performing. Every evening’s Fiddle Gang Jam and the mentor’s concert. Rather than preparing a concert production, we will include the learned materials in the ‘Fiddle Gang Jam’ every day. Special Courses mentors will be curators of Fiddle Gang Jam’s line-up and set list. We will hire some professionals as a rhythm section. 1 hour set. After that, a free jam.
8PM – Fiddle Gang Jam
9PM – free jam session

Participation & Lodging

All participants will live and practice in the Monastery Mekinje, 15 minutes walk from Kamnik down-town.

Participation fee:
usual participation fee: 210 €
special price for 2021 (the festival pays 1/3): 140 €
one day boarding (one Masterclass and one Special Courses session): 40 €

If you would like to contribute to our project, support the arts and feel you can afford to give more money, we would be happy if you consider paying the solidarity price within your financial possibilities of your own choice. With this solidarity fee, you help us continue to offer events for a wide range of young musicians at an affordable price….

Accommodation and food (special price for the Balkan Fiddle Gate):
Monday, 9. 8. (lunch) – Saturday, 14. 8. (breakfast): 170 €
coming earlier or staying longer:
20 € – accomodation with breakfast
27 € – half pension
32 € – full pension

Saturday: one free hot meal at the festival Kamfest

When? Wednesdays from 3.30 p. m. to 5 p. m. (except during school holidays)

Where? CSK France Prešeren (Karunova 14), Ljubljana

Mentors: Bojan Cvetrežnik, Barja Drnovšek, visiting mentors of Godalkanje

For whom? For all sting players and players of the rhythm section (bass, guitar, ukulele, accordion …), who master the repertoire for the 3rd class of lower music school.

What? At Godalkanje group workshops, we teach content that is not yet widely available in our country. We draw mainly from the treasury of violin tunes of different nations. We learn by listening, following chords, performing different techniques (‘chops’, jig, swing, different ornamentation…). We refresh the learned repertoire at street performances and in concert halls.

More inforamtion and applications: godalkanje@gmail.com

When? From 25th to 29th of June 2020

Where? Music school Laško Radeče, Valvazorjev trg 2, Laško

For whom? For all the string players.

Required level of prior knowledge: sovereign performance of the repertoire for the 2nd grade of lower music school.

For the seventh year in a row, immediately after the end of the school year, Godalkanje will take place in Laško as part of the Romanica Antiqua festival. The mentors will be Bojan Cvetrežnik and Barja Drnovšek. In the case of registered participants with different backgrounds, we will make two groups. We will introduce children to attractive tunes with the desire to strengthen technical stability, a sense of pulse, self-confidence in performance and the joy of playing. We will learn the technique of performing accompaniments by following a written chordal guide typical of jazz music. We will also pay attention to the safe physiological posture of children. We hope that the nice weather will allow us to play also in the nearby park or on the streets. If you have concerns or fears, you can contact us or those who had fear in previous years but no longer know it.

Registration fee: 150 €

We are happy that care for minors will be this year organized again. The organizer offers a favorable opportunity for a stay at the Laško Health Resort.

More information here.
For your application you can use online application form.
Last date to sign up is June 12, 2020.

You can view the article from last year’s workshops here.