There’s nothing, for a musician, quite so satisfying as writing and playing your own tune. As fiddle players, we have the advantage over classical musicians, that the standard unit of performance is not a concerto or sonata, but a simple 32-bar tune, probably in first position, and probably in an easy key. In this workshop I will firstly give you six good reasons why you might want to write a tune. I’ll then demonstrate how, by using a simple template based on the structures of countless traditional tunes, it is possible to very quickly compose a tune which feels exactly right. Then you have to decide- IS IT ANY GOOD?? I’ll give you various strategies to deal with this!? Then we’ll look at how to improve this tune or any tune you want to write, by analyzing and understanding other tunes which have some special feature which you can utilize.