Bluegrass Improvisation Workshop (All Instruments)
- Bluegrass, Contemporary
- Bluegrass, Trad
- School of Music workshop
This workshop will be run online and will run from 2:00-4:00pm.
In this workshop, BB and Alex will dissect their approaches to improvising on bluegrass fiddle tunes. They’ll explore ways to create melodic variations of fiddle tunes by breaking down a few melodies to their core components and learning simple and direct ways to build them back up. You will need to know nothing more than the notes of the tune itself, although we will touch on using arpeggios, scale patterns, and rhythmic patterns as a jumping off point to give you some additional ideas on how to practice improvisation.
Please note: 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.
Native New Zealander, Catherine (BB) Bowness started playing the banjo at the age of 12 after hearing a friend play the beverly hillbillies theme song. A few years later, BB received the Frank Winter memorial award at the Auckland Folk Festival allowing her to travel to the USA, where she studied with banjo players Tony Trischka, Alan Munde and Noam Pikelny. In 2009, she became the first banjo player accepted to the New Zealand School of Music, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. BB was selected to attend the 2013 Savannah Acoustic Music Seminar, studying with world-class artists such as Julian Lage, Mike Marshall and Darol Anger. She won first place at the 2015 Freshgrass Banjo Contest and currently keeps busy recording, teaching and performing worldwide with IBMA momentum award winning band, Mile Twelve.
A member of the April Verch Band from 2016-2020, Alex has toured extensively both at home and internationally, including performances in 49 states and a number of countries including Canada, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Australia and New Zealand. Alex’s musical interests as a youth were, shall we say, eclectic but he ultimately developed a love for acoustic and traditional music while attending Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Graduating with a degree in Neurobiology in 2011, Alex returned to the vibrant Boston music scene, studying privately with Berklee School of Music’s ineffable John McGann.