That’s a Real Barn Burner! (Alex Caton)
We will work on exercises and techniques to increase your tempo on tunes while still maintaining good tone and phrasing. Outside of some drills, we will also learn a simple yet rocking tune and learn how to play it fast!
Duet Fiddling in Old Time (Alex Caton)
There is a long-standing tradition of duet fiddling in Old Time and Country music. We will learn a little about this history and the players and also learn how to really listen to another fiddler and how to complement their style. We will break up into duos to practice these new skills.
Stingband For Fiddlers, Banjo Pickers and Singers (Alex Caton & Pete Winne)
Pete and Alex will teach a dynamic Molly O’Day song and break it down to lead and harmony singing (and call and response) as well as melody and rhythm backing. We will all come together at the end to arrange it as an ensemble.
Alternate Styles for Old-Time Banjo (Pete Winne)
While clawhammer style has come to predominate at fiddlers’ conventions and old-time jams, several other equally exciting banjo techniques have long been a part of the old-time music tradition. This class introduces students to two of those styles: 1. three-finger old-time banjo, championed by greats such as Charlie Poole and 2. “up-picking,” an old style especially popular among eastern Kentucky players such as Roscoe Holcomb and Pete Steele.
Singing With Clawhammer Banjo (Pete Winne)
This class explores techniques for accompanying a song with clawhammer banjo. Students are then taught an old-time song and an accompanying banjo part.
Introduction to Irish Fiddle (Alex Davis)
This class will start with an overview of the major types of Irish dance tunes and rhythms (jigs, reels, polkas, hornpipes and slip jigs). The relationship between geographic regions in Ireland and tune types may also be discussed. Then, we will learn a tune or two together, with special emphasis on bowing. This course is geared for the beginner to intermediate player.
Intermediate/ Advanced Irish Fiddle (Alex Davis)
This course is geared to the player who is familiar with Irish traditional music. The topics of bowing and rhythm will be explored through learning several tunes. Individual assessment of student improvement areas will also be offered (optional!).
The Irish “OGs” (Alex Davis)
In this class, we will discuss the “original gangsters” of Irish fiddle. These greats may include (but aren’t limited to): James Morrison, Michael Coleman, Johnny Doherty and Tommy Peoples; as well as contemporary greats like Kevin Burke, Liz Carroll and Martin Hayes. In the first half of the class, we will listen to archival and contemporary recordings in order to analyze style. In the second half of class, we will learn a classic session tune that can be played in a myriad of styles. This class is geared for the intermediate to advanced player.
Finding Songs That Work For You (Pat Egan)
In this class I will talk about finding songs that work for your voice, singing songs that speak to you and move you, and putting those elements together so you get to the core of the songs you want to sing.
Reinterpreting A Song (Pat Egan)
We all hear songs and say “I would love to sing that song”, but maybe you can’t quite pull it off like you would like. Reinterpretation is what many singers do, but doing it so that they don’t lose the essence of what they originally felt. In this class, we will work on remaining sympathetic to a song and staying true to what drew you to it in the first place.
Irish Guitar accompaniment (Pat Egan)
There are many facets involved with accompanying a tune. We all have our favorites and there are many backers of all sorts out there. The one thing that they all have in common is a solid rhythm. In this class, we will work on developing your own solid rhythm. Using simple chords and some new voicing of those chords we will explore through the rhythm of jigs and reels how to hold and keep a solid rhythm hand. Knowledge of using a pick is important for this class.
Open to kids 12 and under who play ANY instrument and are also interested in singing some. We will work as a group to learn a song (and musical accompaniment) and also include some art-related activities to match the music.