Old Time Fiddle and Banjo with Bruce Molsky and Allison de Groot
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This workshop will begin with all participants gathering with Bruce and Allison for a short demo and discussion about fiddle and banjo style and traditions. Then we’ll split into separate hands-on classes:
Bruce’s old time fiddle class will focus on a couple of regional old time styles, with special attention to bowing, ornaments and the details that give old time music its unique drive and power.
Allison’s clawhammer banjo class will explore ways to build variations. The goal is to send students home with new tools you can incorporate into any tune. You’ll explore ways to break free of muscle memory, break down a tune down and rebuild it to make it more interesting.
At the end, we’ll all meet together again for a brief review and play a few tunes together.
Participants should have at least a small repertoire of tunes and be comfortable learning short phrases of melody by ear. The music will be taught by ear (no written music), but recording the lessons is encouraged.