Classes listed in blue are predominantly for fiddle, classes in red feature other instruments… mandolin, banjo, hammered dulcimer or mixed-instrument sessions.
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- Adv Beg - Int: Irish Fiddle Basics (Graham DeZarn)
- Adv Beg - Int: Adventures in 3/4 Time (Andrea Hoag)
- Int: Art of Bowing Appalachian Style (Alan Jabbour) (FULL!)
We'll learn several Henry Reed tunes, taking care to master not only the notes but the bowing patterns and certain left-hand techniques as well (double-stops, unisons, grace notes). The bowing patterns will include slurs and a number of syncopated patterns common in Appalachian music. Bring your fiddles and recording equipment.
- Int - Adv: Swingin’ Mandolin (Alexander Mitchell)
- Int - Adv: Magical Strathspeys (Katie McNally)
Learn a new strathpsey and examine how to play the same tune in a Scottish style and a Cape Breton style, focusing on groove, ornamentation, tempos, and how dance influences the music.
- Int - Adv: English Dance Band (Paul Oorts)
- Int - Adv: Piano Intensive (Dave Wiesler)
- Adv Beg - Int: WV Fiddle Tunes (Alan Jabbour) (ALMOST FULL! please indicate a 2nd option)
We'll learn several tunes by ear, and phrase by phrase. Then we'll see if we can speed them up a bit. They'll be beautiful tunes (and not too hard) that I learned from Henry Reed of Monroe Co., WV.
- Adv Beg - Int: Intro to English and Scandinavian Fiddle (Andrea Hoag)
- Adv Beg - Int: Swing up your Fiddle Style (Alexander Mitchell)
- Int - Adv: Cape Breton Fiddle (Katie McNally) (ALMOST FULL! please indicate a 2nd option)
Learn a tune or two from Cape Breton Island, discussing the grooves and ornamentation that make this fiddle style unique
- Int - Adv: Breakdowns, Reels, and Stomps (Graham DeZarn)
- Int - Adv: Backing up Swing (Paul Oorts)
- Int - Adv: New England Dance Band (Dave Wiesler)
- Adv Beg - Int: Pipe Tunes for the Fiddle (Katie McNally) (ALMOST FULL! please indicate a 2nd option)
Scottish bagpipe tunes and how to play them on the fiddle!
- All levels: Old Time Jam Tunes for All (Rachel Eddy)
- Adv Beg - Int: Hammered Dulcimer Accompaniment (Karen Ashbrook)
- Int - Adv: Gems from Shetland to Cape Breton (Elke Baker)
- Int - Adv: Irish Fiddle, Kerry Style (Graham DeZarn)
- Int - Adv: Alternate Tunings in Old Time (Alan Jabbour) (ALMOST FULL! please indicate a 2nd option)
This class will teach several West Virginia tunes, each in a different fiddle tuning. The different tunings make the fiddle produce hauntingly different sounds -- we'll be sure to include the classic "Bonaparte's Retreat" tuning and Henry Reed's version of the tune.
- Int - Adv: ECD: Modern Treasures (Dave Wiesler)
- Adv Beg - Int: Intro to Galician Music (Katie McNally) (ALMOST FULL! please indicate a 2nd option)
In this class we'll scratch the surface of the Celtic music tradition from the Northwest of Spain, learning a tune or two as well as traditional rhythms and some history and context for these tunes.
- Adv Beg - Int: Music for Therapeutic Settings (Karen Ashbrook)
- Int - Adv: Beyond Breakdowns (Alan Jabbour) (ALMOST FULL! please indicate a 2nd option)
In this class we'll learn several fiddle tunes that do not use the rhythmic patterns of Appalachian breakdowns. Waltzes have their own patterns, as do schottisches and 6/8-time marches (called "quicksteps"). All these dance forms have their special bowing patterns and other musical conventions. If there is time, we'll add a slow air (a hymn) played on fiddle in the old irregular solo vocal style.
- Int - Adv: Scottish Fiddle and Piano (Dave & Elke)
- Int - Adv: Irish Session Tunes (Graham DeZarn)
- Int - Adv: Favorite Banjo Tunes (Rachel Eddy)
All Day Saturday Classes:
- Adv Beg - Int: Accompaniment Styles on Hammered Dulcimer will explore chord patterns, back-up techniques and arranging tricks for backing up fiddle tunes. on the hammered dulcimer. (Karen Ashbrook)
- Intro to Fiddle Styles for Seasoned Beginners is designed for newer students who need some work with basic skills and learn more slowly. It will cover some basic elements of playing including holding the violin, left-hand technique, bowing, tone production, practicing and building technical facility while learning some traditional folk melodies in a few different styles. (Elke Baker)