Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Give Me One Day & You'll Play!

I'd like to invite five of you (no more, since it'll be indoors and intimate here in the farmhouse) to join me by the wood stove on a few sheepskins to learn the fiddle. This workshop will be Saturday, May 2nd. This is Beltane Weekend and last year I held Arrow's Rising and it was too chilly for a proper outdoor event. It will be perfect for an intimate indoor one though! So hear this: this will not be a camp, just a long day here at the farm. It'll start at 9AM and go until 5PM - a bit longer than most workshops - but I am certain you will leave knowing how to teach yourselves and be on your way to memorizing your first song! You DO NOT NEED any prior musical experience. You DO NOT NEED to know how to read music. You DO NOT NEED to be right handed. You DO NOT NEED to be a musical prodigy. What you do need is a strong desire to learn to fiddle, 15 minutes a day to practice at home, a love of old time and bluegrass music, and a sense of humor! And I can make you this promise: attend this workshop, and make daily practice a commitment and by Yule you will be able to play carols by heart, easily!

This day camp will include:

1 Student Fiddle with bow, rosin, and case.

You will learn:

The parts of the fiddle
Fiddle folkways
Tuning your fiddle
Fixing and adjusting your bridge
Restringing your fiddle
The D scale
Bowing, shuffling, and droning notes
Reading Tablature
Your first song!

You will need to bring:

Wayne Erbsen's Fiddle Book
A set of spare strings (4/4 size)
an electronic guitar tuner (I suggest snark tuners)
Laughter (in barrel loads, please)!

If you want one of these five spots let me know ASAP. They are first sold, first reserved. The cost for this workshop and basic student fiddle is $225. If you want a higher quality student fiddle, I can have a very nice mid-level instrument waiting for you here for $350 (includes the workshop, of course). Either fiddle will be fine for learning with, just one will grow with you longer. Contact me via email to sign up!

5 Comments:

OpenID DeniseM said...

Fiddle day camp sounds marvelous.

November 7, 2014 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

It is! It was wonderful yesterday! Already have one slot sold for May! 4 left!

November 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Heather Knoll said...

You are so inspiring!

November 11, 2014 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Christine Marble said...

Still tossing this idea around in my head, Jenna...will let you know :)

February 12, 2015 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Andrea Drapeau said...

Hi Jenna, just found your blog, so happy! I recently read Cold Antler Farm and loved it so. Do you have any spots left for the fiddle workshop? Hope your tooth is feeling better!

March 2, 2015 at 12:16 PM  

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