Passim is closed until at least May 4th, but that won’t stop us from bringing bluegrass to all…introducing the Down Home At Home Fest! Down Home At Home (originally Down Home Up Here) was slated to take place at Club Passim and will now be streaming online!
The fest features the most exciting bluegrass in the area, while not adhering to strict bluegrass formatting. You’ll hear traditional bluegrass, but also be prepared for plenty of old time and several adjacent styles to the genre. There will be plenty of sightings of fiddle, banjo, mando, and dobro.
No ticket is needed to listen to the show, but a $15 donation per day is suggested.
Saturday, April 18th
2pm-2:30pm: How to Approach Fiddle Tunes with Lindsay & Jordan
A quick dive into ways to tackle fiddle tune improvisation, from melodic variation to outlining the chords, plus tips for how to design your practice routine to develop these skills.
Sunday, April 19th
2pm-2:30pm: Intro to the Dobro with Lloyd Thayer
The Dobro, or resonator guitar, was invented in California in 1926 by two Slovakian brothers as a way of making a louder acoustic guitar. Known for it’s wide variety of sounds and rich, tonal pallette, the Dobro is one of the most expressive instruments ever created and has become a staple of modern Bluegrass music. In this workshop, we will cover, hammer ons, pulloffs, slants, string pulls and of course string pulls with slants at the same time. The focus will be on trying to make you a better player in 30 minutes or less. I will be more than happy to answer any and all questions people bring…..All levels welcome, no prior experience is necessary.
2:45-3:15pm: Bluegrass Mandolin with Maxfield Anderson
Let’s pick! When playing the mandolin in any style of music a solid right hand is a must. We will begin with a discussion on right-hand positioning and technique, including examples of some of my go-to exercises to strengthen the right hand. I’ll then be teaching a fiddle tune and discussing a variety of ways that we can improvise around the melody and add some extra bluegrass flavor to the notes. There will be plenty of time for Q&A throughout the livestream.
While most of the information in this livestream is mandolin-centric, this class is helpful for anyone who is interested in developing their skills as a flatpicker and/or bluegrass melody-maker.
DHAH 2020 schedule