Classes

Below is a list of classes  for the 2018  Fiddle Camp.

Beginning Fiddle for Youth, age 7-12  (Shari Ame – Instructor)

In this class for complete beginners, kids can expect to have a lot of fun, move around a lot, play games, learn to play at least three whole songs, and catch fish! With a strong emphasis on respect for your instrument and respect for the musical community, we will build a solid rhythmic foundation, learn how to hold the fiddle and bow correctly (!), and explore how tunes are put together. No sheet music will be used in this class.

Advanced Beginning Fiddle for Youth (Donna Wynn & Amy Burrow,Team Instructors)

Students will have classes with both instructors each day. This class is for those who know a few tunes and want to learn more, play better and make all your tunes sound like fiddling.

Advanced Beginning Fiddle for Adults – (Jodie St.Clair – Instructor)

Jodie will teach old time fiddle tunes in the old time style. Students must be able to play several songs passably. You will have fun with your music!

Intermediate Fiddle (Jenny Humphrey and  Tim Crosby  Team Instructors) Students will have classes with both instructors each day.

Jenny says: In my class we will focus on taking a piece of music to the next level. This will include work with bowing technique, left hand exercises, and understanding the importance of breath and movement while playing the violin. I enjoy watching my students explore their instrument while taking risks that challenge and motivate them. I will provide sheet music, but highly recommend a recording device. Listening is the BEST way to learn a tune and all the subtleties that bring it to life.”

Advanced Fiddle -(Andy Emert- instructor)

 

Let’s Play Mandolin (Joe Ross – Instructor)

Tuned like a fiddle, it makes a lot of sense to learn mandolin too. This class will teach all the basics. Learn about chords (both open and closed bluegrass chop variety), rhythm, single note playing, double stops, fiddle tunes, improvisation, playing in different keys,  transposing from one key to another, backup, kickoffs, endings, tremolo and harmony. We’ll use picking exercises, classic fiddle tunes, and bluegrass songs to build repertoire and techniques. Even intermediate players already on their mandolin journey will learn some helpful, new things in this class. Bring your instrument, pick, tuner and interest in the “8 strings of fame.”     

Clawhammer Banjo – (Martha Stone – Instructor)

 

Flat Pickin Guitar – (Josh Humphrey – Instructor)

 

Beginning Upright Bass (Ken Luse – Instructor)

Beginning Upright Bass  (Ken Luse, Instructor)  Learn the fundamentals for playing upright acoustic bass rhythm for fiddle and bluegrass players. The instructor will introduce beginning music theory, scales, technique, chord progressions and tempo used for backing up fiddle players. Students will get first hand experience playing with fiddlers and other rhythm back up players. Please indicate if you need to borrow a bass fiddle so we can make arrangements to have one available.

Fundamental Rhythm Guitar (Jerry Parks, Instructor)

This is not a beginning guitar class but if you can make most of the major chords, this class will help you improve your playing. We will work on how to improve timing, how to play simple bass runs, how to play clean chords and how to read a chord chart. We’ll learn some seventh and minor chords, and spend lots of time playing standard old time fiddle tunes and a few vocals