Old Time Fiddle II | Oct. 11-14


Old Time Fiddle II | Oct. 11-14


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Instructor: Joseph Decosimo

($252 tuition + $97-427 lodging & meals package of choice)

In this advanced intermediate to advanced fiddle workshop, we’ll delve into some elements of style that make old-time fiddling powerful and moving, including old school ornamentation, bowing nuance, shadings of intonation, and rhythmic play. We’ll focus on capturing the feel of the music and having some fun with it, discussing how we listen and bring old recordings to life in our own playing. We’ll also consider how to make the best music possible by ourselves, in jams, and for dancers. We’ll explore some compelling fiddlers and captivating repertoires from the American South. We’ll work in a range of tunings (GDAE, AEAE, AEAC#, DDAD). Participants will leave with an appreciation for the region’s diverse, beautiful sounds, strategies and ideas for learning on their own, and a nuanced feel for a handful of tunes. To get the most out of our time, folks should have solid fiddle skills, comfort learning by ear, and the ability to play in multiple keys. Recording devices are encouraged.

Class Level: Intermediate, Advanced

A North Carolina resident with musical roots in East Tennessee, Joseph strives to bring the older sounds and repertoires to life in his fiddling, banjo playing, and singing. As a younger player, he spent time with older fiddlers and banjo players in East Tennessee, learning their music and stories. Drawing inspiration from these relationships and from the region's deep musical well, he injects new life into the old tunes. A sought-after performer and dedicated teacher, he has shared his music at festivals, camps, and venues throughout the country and abroad. His fiddling and banjo playing have won blue ribbons at the most prestigious fiddle contests in the South. His band, the Bucking Mules, has won two blue ribbons at Clifftop and performs around the country. He also plays banjo and fiddle in the Blue Ridge Broadcasters. He served on the faculty in ETSU's Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies Program, teaching Appalachian Studies and old-time fiddle and banjo. A trained folklorist, he is completing a dissertation on old-time music.

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