Friday, August 22, 2014

Getting Ready for Camp!

It is a bit misty and overcast right now, but that isn't stopping me and my friend Shimshone from getting ready for Fiddle Camp! The lawn is being mowed, hay bales (for our bums as well as feed!) are being stacked in the barn, and I am unboxing, rosining, and tuning every single fiddle waiting here for its new owner. I will be up before dawn tomorrow, getting the chores done early and the farm readied for the long day ahead. Be first light I'll be checking instruments and setting up the music circle under the big King Maple. I am so excited, what a celebration of music and new musicians!

I am not an amazing fiddler, but I am a passionate one. Last night I was playing through Pretty Saro, a song I adore so much, and got lost in it. I make mistakes and here or there a squeak comes through (specially when I haven't played in a while) but I find that perfection was never the point of my playing and certainly not the point of Fiddle Camp. Fiddle camp is about beginnings. It's about understanding the neck and strings, your fingers, the way to bow and play your first song. We learn Appalachian style, by ear, and within a few weeks of playing this way you can teach yourself anything with a good ear and some patience. It's liberating and magical. Once you can pick up a piece of wood, wire, and horsehair and make a song out of thin air you are hooked.

We can still fit one more in if you want to join us, there's a spare fiddle sitting here!

2 Comments:

Blogger Roe said...

Fiddle Camp was one of the best things I've ever done. Thanks for being you Jenna. :)

August 24, 2014 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Roe said...

Fiddle Camp was one of the best things I've ever done. Thanks for being you Jenna. :)

August 24, 2014 at 10:48 PM  

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