Workshops

All workshops are open to everyone. We’ve identified some that are especially recommended for children and beginners. If a workshop sounds interesting but over your head, you might want to attend anyway, listen, record, get sheet music, etc. and take it home to work on later.

MONDAY

Clawhammer Banjo- Martha Stone

Cajun Fiddling- Kelly Thibodeaux

Participants will learn two-steps and waltzes, exploring harmony and melody fiddle parts common in Cajun fiddling. Bring a recording device, as we will be playing by ear.

Introduction to Scandinavian Fiddling Amey Herman

What makes a tune sound Scandinavian ? Come discover the characteristics of music from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. See and hear unique Nordic instruments, and learn how to play in the Scandinavian style, no matter your level or instrument.

How to Get More Out of Your Bow Linda Danielson

A hands-on workshop for advanced beginning and intermediate fiddlers, exploring how to get clearer, more resonant sound, avoid scratches, whistles, and squawks, and make your listeners feel like dancing.

Computer Tools For Learning Music Jerry Parks

This workshop will be an overview and demonstration of free or low-cost software for recording, playing, and editing audio and video files. Use your computer to learn new tunes and help with your practice. This is mainly for Windows users, although many of the programs will also work on a Mac.

Music and Motion for Youth Sherrie Deaton

This is not a sit down and listen workshop. Students will experience a variety of music, interpreting how music inspires movement and feeling. Bring an instrument or use your body to express feelings and get your friends moving. Bring a water bottle and your energy!

Oldtime Rags Judy McGarvey

An introduction to rags. What makes a rag? Different styles and different levels of play. Music for popular rags. “If it ain’t got that swing, it ain’t got a thing!”  A recorder would be helpful for this workshop.

Circle Jam with Teaching Etiquette Ken Luse

We will learn and practice the format used by the Oregon Oldtime fiddlers in a circle jam. All levels of experience are welcome to join in.

 

TUESDAY

Clawhammer Banjo =Martha Stone

Bluegrass Your Fiddle =Tim Crosby

In this workshop, you’ll learn some licks (some of you will remember “The Paleolithic Lick”), start to wrap your minds around improvisation, chop a few double stops, and start to come to terms with those oddball keys that singers love and we don’t. Recording devices are encouraged.

Square Dancing for Youth = Paula and Sandy

Join in an active, exciting, fun filled square dance session. You will learning basic square dance moves, styling, and language as taught by the American Caller Lab.  The first part of the session will be learning and practicing the moves, the second will be listening and using the moves that you have learned. 

Improvisation on the Fiddle  Andy Emert

Andy’s workshop will focus on fiddle tricks, intros and outros, how to hot rod a fiddle tune, and how to play in an oldtime string band. He will talk about bowings, rhythm, keys, tempo, arranging, melody, harmony and whatever else. Playing as many tunes as possible, you will learn to improvise melodies and play swing tunes in a friendly setting.

Introduction To Mandolin  Joe Ross

Joe will introduce proper pick technique, easy chord forms and basic strums, as well as cover a few simple tunes from Irish, old-time, bluegrass or blues material. Some additional techniques such as tremolo, hammering on, pulling off and slides will be covered, as time permits.

Explore the Polska  Alice Blakenship

Come learn about Swedish Polskas. We will learn two different Polskas, representing different regions of Sweden, and two different ways of hearing the deceptively simple “1-2-3” pattern in music.

Irish fiddling Linda Danielson

What makes Irish fiddling sound Irish? For intermediate and advanced fiddlers, an introduction of tune characteristics, bowing style and left-hand techniques typically found in Irish fiddling, and an opportunity to learn an Irish tune.

Circle Jam with Teaching Etiquette Ken

We will learn and practice the format used by the Oregon Oldtime fiddlers in a circle jam. All levels of experience are welcome to join in.

 

WEDNESDAY

Clawhammer Banjo- Martha Stone

Computer Tools for Learning Music Jerry Parks

This workshop will be an overview and demonstration of free or low-cost software for recording, playing, and editing audio and video files. Use your computer to learn new tunes and help with your practice. This is mainly for Windows users, although many of the programs will also work on a Mac.

Finger Pickin Guitar Josh Humphrey

This workshop will cover the basics of fingerpicking technique for players new to the technique, as well as some variations, bass runs and advanced rhythm for more advanced players. The position of the hand, the production of tone, and clarity of sound will be the focus of the class.

Harmonizing on the Fiddle Judy McGarvey

Playing harmony with another fiddle or other instrument to make more music, as well as twin fiddle techniques.  Listening techniques, and how to find a suitable harmony. Definitely a “hands on” workshop with sharing.

Introduction to Ukulele Sherri McDowell

At this workshop we will have fun singing and learning to play simple accompaniments with just one or two fingers on each hand!  You will have a chance to ask questions about your instrument, learn how to tune and care for it.  Music and handouts will be provided.  All you need to bring with you is a desire to have fun with music, a standard tuned ukulele (GCEA, high G preferred;), an electronic tuner, a music stand, and a strap for holding your ukulele (optional but recommended)

Sing-a-Long For Kids Joe Ross

We can’t build a campfire in the classroom, but we’ll pretend we’re gathered around one for a good ol’ time with animal songs, western tunes, clap-alongs, and plenty of interactive fun that might even include a story or two!

Western Swing Jeanine Orme

Students will learn melody lines of popular Western swing tunes, then add harmony parts. You will explore bowing and chord progressions related to finding harmony parts. This workshop will be most appropriate for intermediate and advanced fiddle players. Be prepared to learn by ear, but sheet music will be available as needed.

Circle Jam with instruction  Ken

We will learn and practice the format used by the Oregon Oldtime fiddlers in a circle jam. All levels of experience are welcome to join in.