Advanced Fiddle Styles

Advanced Fiddle Styles

  • Americana
  • Bluegrass
  • Fiddle
  • Old Time
  • School of Music class

Become a better fiddler and get ready to have fun! This class will cover the fundamentals of traditional old-time fiddling that bring this music to life and produces its irresistible groove. Techniques will include the use of characteristic bowing licks, drone strings, alternate tunings, simple variations and ornamentations. These techniques, basic ear training, tone, timing  and style will be taught in the context of specific tunes.
Participants should be able to play at a reasonable speed in one or more traditional styles. Experience with old-time style is not required. Recording device will be helpful.
If there’s interest, we can also spend a session or two learning some Cajun tunes. We’ll start with the skeleton or vocal line of the tune and then add in simple ornaments and fills as well as the basics of seconding (chordal back-up) to give it that quintessential Cajun flavor.


This class will be held from 8:00-9:15pm on Thursdays: Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15

Please note: Limited to 8 students (16 yrs of age or older); Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Sales end 15 minutes before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

Cathy Mason

Cathy teaches private lessons in person and by video, as well as workshops and classes to students of all ages. She believes that musical skill and passion develop, rather than being bestowed and loves helping students master the interplay between physical, mental, emotional and logistical factors that lead to musical satisfaction and improvement.


Cathy has specialized in American traditional fiddle music, primarily Old Time string band and vocal styles, as well as the Cajun and Creole music of Southwest Louisiana for the past several decades.  Cathy’s solo and ensemble playing conveys the soulful, haunting beauty and the quirky, rhythmic drive of these styles.  She performs at dances, parties and concerts all over the east coast and south with her bands, The Dead Sea Squirrels and The High Strung Strummers as well as with other musicians.  She has been a winner of several awards at the Lowell Fiddle and Banjo contest, been on the staff at dance and music camps.

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