Fiddle I - Old Time | Oct 12-15, 2017

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Fiddle I - Old Time | Oct 12-15, 2017


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Instructor: Ann Whitley

($240 tuition + $107-397 lodging & meals package of choice)

This Fiddle I class is designed for those who already have begun playing fiddle and who want to build repertoire while improving their technique in bowing, striving for the pulse and drive that defines old-time music. This class will also cover fingering, working to keep fingers in best positions to achieve dexterity and increasing speed. We will learn good practice exercises as well as several tunes that one might encounter in a jam--starting with the “bones” of the tune and for those who are ready, adding “meat” to those bones. We’ll explore what to do when encountering a new tune in a jam. Tunes will be taught by ear, phrase by phrase, incorporating bowing patterns to achieve the old-time rhythm we desire.

Required Class Materials: Come with a fiddle in good working order, a recording device, a tuning device, and a spirit of good fun.

Class Level: Advanced Beginner

Raised in the Piedmont of North Carolina, Ann Whitley was privileged to learn violin in public school music, playing from fourth grade all the way through high school. The violin went into the closet after high school, but at age 35 she found herself in the world of country dancing in Atlanta, where most of the bands at the time played old-time music. The violin came out of the closet and she worked hard to keep the best of what she’d learned from her schooling while transforming her bowing to make the instrument become a fiddle. Ann took many old-time fiddling classes at Augusta Heritage Workshops in West Virginia and the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina, and she spent years playing with the Peavine Creek String Band, the Atlanta Swamp Opera, and now Whistlin’ Rufus and the Rosin Sisters. A retired public school educator, she is Curriculum Director and a fiddle teacher for the Georgia Pick & Bow Traditional Music School, an after-school program teaching Appalachian Music to 4th graders through high schoolers in Dahlonega, Georgia, where she lives and teaches fiddle to youngsters and adults. For many years now she has co-directed the Blue Ridge Old-Time Music Week at Mars Hill University in North Carolina.

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