Beginning Fiddle III
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This is the 3rd class of Beginning Fiddle in the 3-class series by Erik Hoffman, open to all fiddlers with some experience under their belt. If you know the basics of holding the fiddle and bow, have an idea of where the notes are on the fingerboard, and are able to play a few tunes on your own, you are welcome to join this class. Erik’s teaching style focuses on using tunes that develop our technique while enjoying the process of learning the instrument. One of Erik’s theories is that music is organized noise. Thus we are reminded that it’s OK to make a lot of noise as we learn to organize those tones into musical sounds our ears like. the next 6-week session will reset to Beginning Fiddle I—Fiddle from the Ground Up, beginning in early March.
In 1987, Erik took up the fiddle. Three weeks later, on a dare, he competed in the Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddle Contest and won third place in beginning fiddle in a field of three. The following year he placed first in intermediate fiddle. In 1990, Erik came in third in advanced traditional singing.
Traveling all over the state, Erik has become well known from Arcata to San Diego, and from Carson City, Nevada, to the Bay Area. He has also toured the United States extensively, on both coasts, and in between. He has been staff at a number of festivals, including the Bay Area Country Dance Society's American Week, Family Week, and Spring Weekend (Monte Toyon); CD*NY's Hudson Guild; Sacramento's Echo Summit; California Traditional Music Society's Solstice and New Year's festivals; San Luis Obispo radio KCBX's Live Oak Music Festival; New Mexico Folk Music & Dance's Memorial Day Weekend; and Seattle's Slugs at Sunrise Music and Dance Camp.
Erik loves the spirit and joy that is passed along with traditional music and dance, and loves to share his enthusiasm.