Classes

Beginning Fiddle For Youth, age 7-12  (Jodie St Clair)  Ready to play fiddle! This class covers trying out a new instrument through games, body movement, learning about the fiddle, and playing tunes.  NEW this year: Parents are invited to learn along with their kids for the first time! Make music a part of your family’s culture by learning together. Your child may attend with or without a parent, but this is a fantastic opportunity to bond with your child through music.

Advanced Beginning Fiddle—Youth (Amy Burrow) 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 – Adult (Kim Collar)  If you have learned some basic tunes and want to continue becoming a better player, this class is for you.  You will learn different aspects of playing – using the bow more effectively, playing in tune, and keeping steady rhythm. We will stick to more common tunes and work on playing them really well so you can feel good about playing with others. Note reading is not necessary, but music or tablature will be available.

Intermediate Fiddle  (Jenny Humphrey and Shari Ame) Jenny and Shari believe that beautiful posture leads to beautiful tone, and their instruction will help you play with better clarity and physical ease. Tunes will be taught by ear, with sheet music available to practice outside of class. Audio and video recording devices are encouraged! In this class you will learn tunes which hail from the wide world of fiddle traditions, including Old-Timey, Irish, Scottish, Québécois, and possibly even Klezmir!

Advanced Intermediate Fiddle (Sherry McKenzie) This class is best for upper level intermediate to early advanced fiddlers who are comfortable playing in the Keys of A and G, using 4th finger, high 3rd finger, low 2nd finger, and are comfortable playing two note down and two note up slurs. All tunes will be played in first position and will be taught by ear, but standard notation with chord charts for all tunes is available. In addition to learning tunes together we will discuss ways to feel more comfortable playing, ideas to improve your playing AND to have more fun doing it!  

Advanced Fiddle  (Aarun Carter)  —- In the Advanced Fiddle Class, students will learn some more technical Texas Style tunes. There will be double stops, and potentially a song or two exploring 3rd position. There will be a variety of songs including breakdowns, waltzes and tunes of choice like rags and polkas.

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo  (Martha Stone) Clawhammer refers to right hand rhythm (aka Bum Ditty). Once you get it (let’s say Day 1), the rest is a piece of cake!  We’ll focus on listening, backing up other musicians, and being a positive influence on everyone in the jam.  We will choose from the following skills and use those appropriate for the skill level of class: tunings (keys), simple scales, tunes and songs, how to play melody and sing with banjo, jamming, how to learn a fiddle tune on the fly.

Intermediate Mandolin(Chico Schwall) We’ll have a look at the mandolin with an eye for making it easier to do. Left hand efficiency, some scales & pentatonics and chording in any key. For the right hand we’ll look at relaxed playing and “pick science.” The focus will be on helping you play more fluidly and expressively whether it’s tunes, accompanying or improvisation, and we’ll do all three.

Flat-Picking Guitar  (Josh Humphrey)  We will focus on right hand technique to learn the fundamentals of flat-picking guitar. We will focus on a handful of traditional tunes, working slowly to move past any problems with technique. We will also address left hand fingering, from scales and runs, to chords and key centers. The aim is to cover a variety of technical aspects, and enjoying learning new tunes along the way.

Fundamental Rhythm Guitar  (Jerry Parks)  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.

Beginning Upright Bass  (Ken Luse)  Learn the fundamentals for playing upright acoustic bass rhythm for fiddlers and bluegrass players. The instructor will introduce beginning music theory, scales, technique, and chord progressions. Students will get first hand experience playing with other musicians.

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.