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.  

WORKSHOPS

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.

MONDAY

Beginning Mandolin (Chico Schwall) If you play another instrument the mandolin is an obvious second one because it has some things in common with the fiddle and the guitar and it fits in with any kind of music and any instrumental combination. We’ll explore basic technique for tunes, harmony and accompaniment and improvisation. This is an intro workshop, open to all with an interest.

Cajun Fiddle for Adults (Kelly Thibodeau)  —-This workshop for adults will focus primarily on a Cajun two-step type fiddle tune but if time permits, instruction will also be given for a Cajun waltz.  Cajun tuning and technique (sliding) will also be discussed.  A skill level of intermediate to advanced is highly recommended for this workshop.

Introduction to Circle Jam (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.

Introduction To Scandinavian Fiddling (Amy 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).

Square Dancing For Youth And 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:  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.

TUESDAY

Beginning Banjo (Gary Baran)  Gary will teach the basic clawhammer technique as well as a few basic chords, tunings and a couple of tunes. Bring your banjo and digital recorder.

Cajun Fiddle For Kids (Kelly Thibodeau)  For beginner and intermediate youth, 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.  Come have fun!!  Some fiddles provided.

Circle Jam (Amy Burrow)  Check out the description for the Introduction to Circle Jam on Monday.  Here’s another chance to develop your skills in the jamming circle.

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.

Introduction to Improv (Jodie St Clair)  Ever wonder how players make up their own melodies and backups? Open up the world of improvisation through musical games. Just like anything else, improv needs to be practiced. Games make that practice so much more fun.  We are going to put the playfulness into playing the fiddle. Class is intended for advanced beginners and higher for any age.

Introduction to Harmonica (Jude Stensland) — You will need to bring one C tuned diatonic harmonica (no other key will do!).  The class is for the beginning harmonica player.  Goals are to be able to play a single note, clear and sweet and to play a scale.    Bring a song you want to learn to play.

Next Step For The 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.

Appalachian Fiddle Workshop (Chip Cohen)  Learn to fiddle in the southern Appalachian style. We’ll work on bowing, double stops and drones, and the rhythms and nuances that give Appalachian fiddling its unique sound. And, of course, there will be plenty of good old-time tunes.

WEDNESDAY

Circle Jam (Donna Wynn)  Check out the description for the Introduction to Circle Jam on Monday. Put those new jamming skills together for a circle jam and relax after all those classes.

Fiddle-izing What’s On Paper (Linda Danielson) A hands-on workshop for advanced-beginner to intermediate fiddlers, about ways you can make a fiddle tune your own: starts, stops, tags, licks, micro-variations, and kicking the rhythm. It’s about how to figure out what you can do and when to do it to make a string of notes on paper into a fiddle tune.

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.

Ins and Outs of Contest Fiddling (Gary Schuh)—- In this workshop, you’ll learn all about fiddle contests. What songs to play, how to best prepare, typical time limits, the age categories, the backup musician options, and the general format of the contest rules. This is a great workshop if you haven’t ever participated in a contest and want to familiarize yourself before you try.  We will also provide a basic overview of competing at both  the State and National Fiddle Contest in Weiser ID.  This workshop will be a lecture event with some tunes played by the instructor who has competed for many years both in Oregon and Idaho.

Next Step For The Harmonica (Jude Stensland)  —- You need to bring one C tuned harmonica (no other key will do!).  This class is for beginners who can already play a single note and simple scale and are ready to try “bending” and tongue slaps to get a cooler sound going.  Bring a song you want to learn.

Old-Time Song and Sing-A-Long for Kids (and Others) (Chico Schwall)      Relax and sing along with some great American songs from across generations – funny ones, corny ones, story songs and beautiful melodies. This workshop will be family friendly – not just for kids!