Classes

Below is a list of classes  for the 2017  Fiddle Camp.

Beginning Fiddle for Youth, age 7-12 (Paula Sanders and Sandy Neustal- Instructors)

Each session will be a fun learning experience, including both note reading and playing by ear. Because young students find it hard to sit still and remain focused, the class will include rhythmic games that teach and infuse the fiddle sessions with fun, laughter, movement, and excitement

Advanced Beginning Fiddle for Youth (Donnna 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 -(Judy McGarvey, Instructor)

Judy 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 Andy Emert, 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.”

Andy will focus on bowings, rhythm, playing in tune, keys, timing, making the tune danceable, confidence, creativity, and how to practice. You will also play several new tunes and work on older tunes. Jenny will focus on taking a piece of music to the next level, working with bowing technique, left hand exercises, and understanding the importance of breath and movement while playing. Students will explore their instrument while taking risks that challenge and motivate. Sheet music is provided but bring a recording device as listening is the best way to learn a tune.

Advanced Fiddle -( Jeanine Orme instructor)

Jeanine will cover tunes in old-time swing, Celtic, bluegrass and other styles. You will work on following chord progressions, bowing technique, harmony parts and fundamental music theory related to the tunes covered in class. Most learning will be done by ear, with sheet music available after class. Bring your recording devices and be ready to work hard and have fun.

Mandolin (Tim Crosby-Instructor)

 This is not a beginners class. We’ll be scratching the surface of mandolin music with reels, jigs, rags, maybe a klezmer tune, some swing and possibly a classical piece. We’ll tackle useful physical and mental exercises, useful theory and licks. Bluegrass will not be neglected. Bring a recording device (i.e. smart phone), something to take notes on, your questions, and if you want, a tune to share.

Beginning Upright Bass (Corwin Bolt, Instructor)

Learn the fundamentals for playing upright acoustic bass. Corwin will introduce everything you will need to accompany old-time music: proper technique and posture, practical music theory: the major scale, the roman numeral system, keys, and rhythmic fundamentals. Students will get first hand experience playing with fiddlers and other rhythm instruments.

Flat-Picking Guitar (Steve Blanchard, Instructor)

Using a flatpick, we’ll explore old time fiddle tunes and bluegrass guitar leads. We’ll learn some favorite melodies and solos. Playing slowly and cleanly will be our focus. We’ll use tablature, exercises, melodic riffs and standard fiddle tunes and songs to explore styles from Maybelle Carter to Jimmie Rodgers, Doc Watson to Norman Blake, and Dan Crary to Tony Rice. Remember to bring a capo

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