Beginning Fiddle

Beginning Fiddle

  • Americana
  • Celtic
  • Country
  • Fiddle
  • Folk
  • Instrumental
  • International
  • Old Time
  • Roots
  • School of Music class
  • Trad
  • World

The Beginning Fiddle course is geared toward students with a basic knowledge of the fiddle. Students must know how to hold the fiddle and bow, and should have at least a few months playing experience.  We’ll be learning tunes from a variety of genres, including Celtic and Old Time, and working on the bowing and left hand techniques that can be used to make your playing sound traditional to the style.  All material will be taught by ear, without the aid of sheet music, so students are encouraged to bring a recording device. Become more comfortable and versatile on your instrument in a fun, relaxed environment!

This class will be held from 6:30-7:45pm on Mondays: May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10, 17.
 

Please note: The Passim School of Music is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator. 

Jenna Moynihan

  • Celtic
  • Fiddle
  • Trad

Too often artists view tradition as a towering monolith to be either conquered or cowed by, but young Scottish fiddler and experimentalist Jenna Moynihan knows that tradition is meant to be a starting point for great inspiration, not a wall.

On her new album, Woven, she darts back and forth like the shuttle in a loom, pulling the many strands of the Scottish fiddle tradition into a colorful tapestry that showcases her virtuosic control of her instrument as much as her deep sense of playfulness. To help her create this work, she’s brought together some of the best young traditional artists in her hometown of Boston, one of today’s hotbeds for new traditional music. The lineup here includes cutting-edge Scottish harpist Mairi Chaimbeul, renowned bluegrass guitarist Courtney Hartman (Della Mae), New England Celtic guitarist Owen Marshall, plus all-star guest fiddlers: Duncan Wickel, Darol Anger, and Alex Hargreaves. It’s easy to tell that the music on her new album stems from what must have been many late-night jam sessions with these friends, but the ease of companionship found on this album belies the complexity of Moynihan’s arrangements. As the harp rolls in counterpoint behind the racing fiddle lines, or as the guitar matches her beat for beat, this is music whose virtuosity lies in Moynihan’s construction of the atmosphere around each tune, and her delivery of each beautiful melody.

Jenna is from Lakewood, New York and is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music. She performs in a duo with Scottish harpist, Mairi Chaimbeul, with Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Darol Anger & The Furies, and has performed & collaborated with Old Blind Dogs, Hamish Napier, Bruce Molsky, Matt Glaser, Kimberely Fraser, Phil Cunningham, and as a soloist at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops.

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