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.
FIDDLE CLINIC – Linda Danielson
This is not a class nor a workshop, but if your shoulder hurts when you play … your bow bounces on the long notes … you need help with a tune from class … you want to take the next step to being a better fiddler … Linda will be available throughout the day to offer individual help.
Bluegrass your Fiddle- Tim Crosby
Rather than tunes, bluegrass fiddle tends to be improvisational—based on licks, scales and understanding chords and melody. It’s not as complicated as you may think. Come explore how one or two licks, played in various combinations, will enable you to play bluegrass style fiddle.
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.
Introduction to Ukulele-Sherri Mcdowell
At this workshop we will have fun singing and learning to play simple accompaniments. 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).
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.
Square Dancing for Youth and the Young at Heart– Amy Burrow
Yee-haw! Raise your spirits and heart rate with some good old square dancing! After spending a morning focused intently on learning new tunes and techniques, give your brain and body a break by joining us to learn several fun and easy dances.
Learning to Listen- An Intro to Learning By Ear-Shari Ame
This workshop will help unveil the mystery of picking up tunes around the campfire. Come learn how to tell what key a tune is in, how to identify the bare bones of sounds you hear in the air, and generally how to get your bearings without sheet music.
Inrtoduction to Circle Jams with Teaching Etiquette – Kelly Wadsworth
Would you like to gain experience playing in a circle jam? We will host jams each afternoon during which you can relax and play for fun. It’ll be a hands-on opportunity to play tunes with others, setting your tempo. Handouts will be available that outline basic etiquette and a list of tunes that are commonly called at jams in District 6.
Beginning Banjo – Martha Stone
“The banjo is such a happy instrument. You can’t play a sad song on the banjo—it always comes out so cheerful!” – Steve Martin. In this workshop you’ll see why the banjo is so much fun to learn and play. It’s comfortable, easy, and you can even sing while you play it! We’ll learn basic right and left hand clawhammer techniques. It’s never too late to start banjo!
Next Step for Ukulele-Sherri McDowell
You will need to know a few chords and simple strum patterns on your ukulele. Taking your playing to the next level, we will explore new songs, a few more three fingered chords, new strums and simple picking patterns. Participants will receive a CD with play-along tracks of class songs, and a booklet to help you at home. You need to have your own ukulele (strap is strongly recommended) a digital tuner, a music stand and a pen or pencil. The ukulele should be tuned to high G, C, E and A. Baritone sized ukuleles are ONLY acceptable if you also bring a capo. Baritones are tuned differently, and it will be hard to stay with the rest of the class if you do not have a capo.
Cajun Fiddle for Kids – Kelly Thibodeaux
Primarily for beginner and intermediate players, but open to all comers, participants will learn how to “saw”, play a simple Cajun two-step and learn enough sound effects to illustrate a short narrated folk story about a kingdom of magic frogs located deep in a Louisiana swamp. Sounds include frogs, crickets, skeeters, gators, snakes, wind, rain – even a herd of mooing cows. Fun for the whole family!! Some fiddles provided.
Celtic Tunes From Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers’ Assoc.-Linda Danielson
Learn a Celtic/old-time tune. We’ll explore the Scottish and Irish tunes that entered Oregon fiddlers’ repertories as long ago as the days of Oregon Trail migration, and throughout our history down to more recent times. We’ll learn a Celtic/old-time tune to bring back into Oregon’s fiddling community.
Circle Jam – Amy Burrow
Improvisation and Jamming- Andy Emert
Andy will be teaching a hands on class about making up melody lines to fit certain chord tones within different tunes. Once you hear what the chords to different tunes sound like, you can improvise to almost any tune. This is not a lecture but a real players class all about jamming and playing interesting melodic lines.
Polkas – Judy McGarvey
Polka anyone? A lively dance in 2/4 time that has migrated across many borders — always brings a smile! Learn some different ones, or review old favorites. A recorder is useful. Some sheet music will be available.
Mandolin for Fiddlers- Tim Crosby
If you play some fiddle, you already know a lot about the “Hand Violin” or Mandoviolino, commonly known to non-Italian-speakers as the Mandolin. The tuning and fingering are the same. What is different is chording and, oh, the flatpick…but it’s a lot simpler than the bow. We’ll tackle some tunes and some back-up stuff.
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 workshop.
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.
Traditional Irish Fiddle -Shari Ame
We’ll explore what makes a tune “sound Irish”: Irish tune types, their rhythms, their quirks and common tendencies, ornamentation (cuts, rolls, and bowed trebles), and some solid bow patterns to generate good “lift.” Instructional CDs will be available.
Campfire Songs for Kids of All Ages -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 -Andy Emert
Andy will teach swing tunes and work on melodies appropriate to the swing repertoire. Several key features like bowing patterns, double-stops and fills will be presented. Andy will also address ideas about playing with vocalists and soloing the melody.
Circle Jam- Donna Wynn