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2020 Old Time Fiddle Workshop and Contest Weekend

Thursday, August 6, 2020, 4:00 PM

Celebrating the tradition of old time fiddling in the Ozarks, this event features 2 days of workshops, nightly performances and our Old Time Fiddle Contest Scroll through this entire page for information on workshops, contests and rules and weekend concerts. Featured instructors include Brad Leftwich and Everett and Emily Elam. With a special matinee show from Billy Mathews. Old Time Fiddle PerformancesEvening Concert Friday AUG 7 @ 7pm Performers to be announced Matinee Concert Friday AUG 7 @ 2pm w/ Billy Mathews and the Old Time PlayersAdmission included w/ daily park enterance fee.Evening Concert Saturday AUG 8 @ 7pm w/ Brad Leftwich Admission to all concerts included w/ workshop registraion. 2020 FIDDLE WORKSHOP & REGISTRATION INFORMATION August 6-7, 2020 / Aug 6th, Orientation starts at 8:30am in the Administration Building Classes run from 9am, with a noon lunch break, until around 3pm each day. Scheudle and times of each topic are dynamic and will be based on class size and student's interest and ability. Fiddle I – BeginnerThis class is for students who have no experience on the fiddle. Bring a working fiddle and bow and a recording device. A shoulder rest and rosin are optional but recommended. Topics covered will include:How to Hold the FiddleIf you’re brand new to the fiddle, it can be tough to juggle the fiddle, bow, and try to play notes at the same time! Pick up the basics of holding your instrument and producing notes with good tone. If you don’t own a fiddle, a limited number will be available to borrow.Caring for Your FiddleNo matter how well you play, nothing sounds good if the fiddle is out of tune or the bow needs more rosin. Learn to tune and care for your fiddle and bow to sound great and keep your instrument in excellent condition.Learning Tunes by EarTackling a tune armed with only a fiddle and your ears can be intimidating – it’s a lot to learn. We will break down how to learn a tune by ear, one note at a time. Learn how to match pitches your hear and discuss strategies for remembering all the notes you find.Making the Most of your PracticePracticing is more than playing the same thing over and over. Pick up tips for efficient practice methods that will help you learn more quickly. Fiddle II – Advanced BeginnerThis class is for students who have previous experience playing the fiddle, but are still beginners. We will learn a few tunes and practice using bow direction and drones to make simple tunes start to sound like classic old-time tunes!Learning Tunes by EarDid you know that in many tunes, almost half of the phrases are repeated? Once you’ve learned the first half, you’re nearly done! Dissect a few tunes and learn how to use the tune structure to quickly learn each phrase by ear.Adding DronesWhat are drones? When should you drone, and how long? Although droning, or playing on two strings, is one of the most iconic “fiddle” sounds, it can be difficult to master knowing when to drone on tunes you already know. Learn how to use drones to make your playing sound full and rhythmic.Following Along in a JamJamming can be one of the most rewarding ways to participate in the old-time community but can be intimidating. Gain confidence in your ability to join in on tunes you don’t know and get some tips for learning tunes from jams. Test your abilities in a jam following this session! Keeping the Beat: Metronomes, Tapping Your Foot, and MoreBuilding good timing is essential to play with other musicians. Even if you don’t have the greatest sense of rhythm, there are exercises and technology that can help you get a handle on your timing. Join us to learn how to use a metronome, tapping your feet, and backup instruments to improve your timing playing solo or with a group.Building TechniqueLearn some tunes and exercises that will help you to build technique, so you can play more challenging tunes! You can use these tools to help you play tunes in difficult keys, with double stops, and with challenging bow

Cost: $30.00 - $100.00

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