With Katie Glassman
Mondays: August 30, October 4, November 1, December 6
Prerequisite: Mastery 1 – Module 2 (for Fiddle School members only)
While continuing to hone your technique, Module 3 builds your repertoire with a vast variety of fiddle tunes. You’ll learn solid versions of classics from Liberty and Wind That Shakes the Barley, to the Gene Autry Waltz Tears on My Pillow and the early 1900’s bluesy East Texas Drag. By the time you reach Lesson 12, you’ll be ready for the shuffle bowing in our much more complex version of Old Joe Clark and our twin fiddle version of Pig Ankle Rag. In addition to bowing work, Module 3 also covers how to relax in mind and body through physical exercises and check-ins that also contribute to a relaxed frame of mind. Leading up to the final presentation, you’ll learn how to stay relaxed and maintain focus in a performance setting using the experience you’ve gained from working through these exercises. I’ll also share some personal performance “tricks of the trade” to help set you up for success at your final performance the same way they do for me at big fiddle contests. You’ll find that what you learn in Session 1 will not only help build you into a beautiful fiddler but it will also give you skills and tools that carry over into any other genre that you play.
I was thrilled to watch the students who completed Mastery 1 in 2020 progress exponentially as a group over the duration of the course. They have all continued onto Mastery 2 and are continuing to jump ahead by leaps and bounds. And while they all took to the material in the class, I must say there is nothing like the motivation of a group setting to lift everyone!