Summer Series: Texas Style Tunes – Waltz
With Katie Glassman
Thursdays: July 30, August 6 and 20, 6:00 PM MDT
Tune Type: Waltz
Texas-style fiddle tunes are my heart and soul. With a rich history, driving rhythm, and beautiful longbow technique, they make the fiddle sound perfectly beautiful. After studying Fiddle School, you’re ready for this three-part summer series. The series includes a full 8 part breakdown, a traditionally bowed waltz, and a tasteful rag arrangement. Learn the origin of the tune and intricacies of each developed variation. This second class in the series features a beautiful, danceable waltz arrangement. Along with polkas, two steps, and shuffles, waltzes are still famous dance tunes in the Texas dance halls.
In this class we’ll learn how to bow a Texas style waltz and how to approach a fiddle style vibrato. The waltz will include double stops and shifting — yes, I’ll give you some tips for both of these techniques. You’ll learn the tune step-by-step, by ear, over the course of two class times. The sheet music and a guitar back-up track are included. After learning the whole tune, you’ll have an off week to solidify, smooth, and memorize the waltz; In the third class, I’ll offer individual feedback on how to sound your best and how to personalize the tune.
After the entire Texas Style Tunes series (June – Breakdown, July – Waltz, August – Rag) you’ll know a 5-minute fiddle contest round or three fantastic traditional Texas-style tunes to jam and blow people away with. Either way, everyone’s a winner!