Friday, May 18, 2012

Announcing Cold Antler Farm Fiddle Camp!

Come to Cold Antler for a weekend-long event, August 25th and 26th. You are welcome to join me for two days of the farm, campfire, and fiddles. This is a camp for people with absolutely no experience with the fiddle at all—never held one, can't read music, think they are hopeless case—but really want to learn. All you need to do is sign up and I'll take it from there. The fee for the weekend will also include an entire beginner fiddle package. Everyone who signs up will get a quality student fiddle, case, and bow with rosin to boot. The only requirements for supplies on your end is to purchase the book "Old Time Fiddle for the Complete Ignoramus" by Wayne Erbsen and a standard electric guitar tuner. We'll be learning by feel, by ear, and by a system of music notation called tablature. This means you won't need how to read notes to play, just be able to read and count to 4.

The weekend will start off with an early morning introduction, how to string, tune, and hold your fiddle and bow. We'll then go into the basic bowing motion and finger positioning on the D-scale. We'll brake for lunch and then spend the afternoon learning your first tune, Ida Red. There will be plenty of time for practice, too. Find a place in the pasture with Sal to work out your D-scale. See if you can balance a chicken on your bow while you drone? (I'm kidding about that last part). Saturday night will include a campfire with live music. I'll have local musicians and friends come and you are welcome to bring your own guitar, banjo, or whatever else you'd like to play.

Sunday is a day dedicated to learning more songs, droning and shuffling techniques, and plenty of practice time between one-on-one sessions. Enjoy the farm in its late-summer splendor, taking in the sounds and sights of the animals and gardens. I personally guarantee that anyone who signs up and WANTS to play will leave my farm a fiddler. This is not a hard instrument, and the building blocks you'll find here will be all you need to go home and learn every single song in Wayne's book. This would be a great gift, couples weekend, or graduation present.

WORKSHOP RUNDOWN
Fiddle Camp is a full Saturday and Sunday, 9AM - 5PM
Each workshopper gets a student fiddle package
Each student gets a CAF fiddle Camp T-shirt!
Camping on the farm is an option (it will be August)
Cost will be $350 or $200 (sans fiddle) a person.
Limited to 15 people or 8 couples.
12 Spots Left!

26 Comments:

Blogger Missy said...

Oh man. I would love to travel up there to attend this. I have a fiddle, the book, and a tuner. I just need to get some motivation. This would be a great motivation. There are some things going on right now where I might not be able to travel, but if I can swing it (and the class is not full), I'll let you know.

May 8, 2012 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

I so wish I could go! Too long a trek from Newfoundland though. I actually just ordered Wayne's book on the weekend so I'll be there in spirit!

May 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger TwoBlueHeelers said...

I got turned on to fiddling after reading "Made From Scratch" in October. Received my fiddle for Christmas, and I've been exploring with Wayne's book. It really is true. You CAN do this! It's a spectacular feeling to hold this delicate wooden creature and feel the notes emerging. It touches something way down deep inside. Give it a try, I hope you'll love it!

May 8, 2012 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger TwoBlueHeelers said...

I got turned on to fiddling after reading "Made From Scratch" in October. Received my fiddle for Christmas, and I've been exploring with Wayne's book. It really is true. You CAN do this! It's a spectacular feeling to hold this delicate wooden creature and feel the notes emerging. It touches something way down deep inside. Give it a try, I hope you'll love it!

May 8, 2012 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I would love to do this! My great-grandfather was a fiddler and I've always wanted to learn. My husband wouldn't be as interested in learning how to fiddle, though. Could he tag along for the saturday night party alone?

May 8, 2012 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I would love to do this! My great-grandfather was a fiddler and I've always wanted to learn. My husband however won't be as excited to learn to fiddle. Could he come for just the Saturday party?

May 8, 2012 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

He can!

May 8, 2012 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger sara amber said...

GAH...if only my cousin wasn't getting married that weekend, I'd be begging you to let me come up with all my instruments and help out or something.

May 8, 2012 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

So intererested! What are the options for out-of-towners re: housing, etc? Just wondering about how much I need to budget. Thanks!

May 8, 2012 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

That would be so cool. Maybe if you're able to offer again next year. This year, money just won't happen, alas.

May 8, 2012 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

sara! I was going to ask you to come!

May 8, 2012 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

elizabeth, will you come with weez? with your fiddle?

May 8, 2012 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

If you are looking for places to stay, you can camp on the farm or stay at various campground or hotels around the area.

http://www.cambridgenychamber.com/newdirectorylodging.html

May 8, 2012 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Also, don't dismiss barter. I accept silver coin, skills, livestock, and so forth. ASK!

May 8, 2012 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Jenna, I love that you put on all these workshops (along with everything else you do). You are the most creative and resourceful person I've ever met. Damn girl.

May 9, 2012 at 12:09 AM  
Anonymous cowgirl said...

I wish I could attend. sigh. I've always dreamed of playing the violin. I read music and play piano and horn. I would barter riding instruction (!) and the best angel-food cakes....

Maybe you could do traveling clinics....just a thought...

May 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger sara amber said...

dude, if you end up doing this another weekend or ever schedule another one, I'M IN.

May 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Just a question, are 15 singles harder to handle than 8 couples = 16 people? Just asking.

May 18, 2012 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Maybe you could do a webinar of your fiddle workshop. Just sayin.

May 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Anyone from the Ohio/PA area interested in carpooling to this? I think I need to share the cost of gas to make this trip work for me.

May 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger JulieG - Girl With A Hoe said...

Yes I've asked about video/webinars but haven't gotten an answers. I'm would be interested too.

May 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM  
Anonymous T.Crockett said...

I just watched the carnival episode in season 2 of Treme and thought of this workshop. In it a violinist, who's learning to fiddle, goes to a Cajun Mardi Gras celebration where she tentatively joins the Cajun musicians. And for reasons I didn't quite follow, locals pay the musicians by throwing them a live chicken, which they have to catch in order to keep. Not too far from balancing a chicken on your bow, no?

May 19, 2012 at 9:17 PM  
Anonymous Uta said...

We had the best time yesterday at Plan B. The speakers where great and the food delicious. The wheather could not have been better. Met some wonderful people. Jenna you are the greatest, can we adopt you?

May 20, 2012 at 6:07 AM  
Blogger laurie said...

Could you suggest a starter fiddle for those of us who cannot come this time? You make me want to learn so badly!

May 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Mare said...

Jenna, this will be my second instrument to learn(i'm just learning how to play the mountain dulcimer that i got hooked on by you!) My health took a nosedive these last few weeks, so i am not making any plans ahead right now, but if you have Fiddle Camp again, i might just sign me up! Thanks again for turning me on to the dulcimer...I hope i can still make the dulcimer festival in Latham NY in July. Are you planning to go?

May 22, 2012 at 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Jenna, CAn you tell me about your beginner fiddle package? I can't attend this time but would like to get started with the Erbsen book. thanks Nancy in Swannanoa, NC

June 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM  

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