Winter Series: Texas Style Tunes
With Katie Glassman
Thursdays: October 29, November 12, and November 19, 6:00 – 7:15 PM MDT
Tune Type: Learn a Benny Thomasson Tune
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. We’ve already learned an 8 part breakdown (Durang’s Hornpipe), a waltz (Fifty Years Ago), a rag (Black and White Rag), and now it’s time to learn a fiddle tune arrangement from one of the greats, Benny Thomasson. Learn the origin of the tune and explore the creation of each developed variation. By learning a classic Texas style fiddle tune arranged by one of the giants of Texas fiddling note for note and bow for bow, you can play along with his recording and internalize his true fiddling style. You’ll begin to notice a natural ease seep into your playing. This is the key to smooth bowing, intonation, and gaining an authentic Texas-style sound.
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. With a week off a week to solidify, smooth, and memorize the fiddle tune; In the third class, I’ll offer individual feedback on how to sound your best and how to personalize the tune.