Intermediate Fiddle

with Cathy Mason

Thursday, September 5, 2019


Intermediate Fiddle

  • Americana
  • Bluegrass
  • Celtic
  • Fiddle
  • Folk
  • Instrumental
  • International
  • Old Time
  • Roots
  • 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 learning an easy Cajun tune. 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: September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10.

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. 

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