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Old-Time Fiddle Styles
with Bruce Molsky
Live Workshop
Live Workshop
Live Workshop
 
 
About This Workshop
 
Learn a variety of old-time fiddle tunes in different regional styles from great players of the past. If you can play a few simple old-time fiddle tunes, or if you’re an experienced player, this workshop series will be useful and fun! Bruce will take a variety of classic tunes apart to understand what makes them unique and compelling, with advice about bowing, double stops, ornamentation, and ideas for more listening and learning.
 
 
Meet the Instructor
Bruce Molsky
 
 
Bruce Molsky is “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and a twice-Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar, and song. For decades, he’s been a globetrotting performer and educator, a recording artist with an expansive discography including seven solo albums, well over a dozen collaborations and two Grammy-nominations. Bruce is also the classic “musician’s musician”—a man who’s received high praise from diverse fans and collaborators like Linda Ronstadt, Mark Knopfler, Celtic giants Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine, jazzer Bill Frisell and dobro master Jerry Douglas. The first permanent visiting professor in Berklee College of Music's American Roots Program, Bruce is the go-to guy for the next generation of fiddlers. He can be heard these days on the road and on record with his trio Molsky’s Mountain Drifters.
 
 
 
The Old-Time Fiddle Styles Workshop Includes:
  • Eight one-hour live Zoom sessions, held every other Wednesday night, from 6 pm to 7 pm PST (9 pm to 10 pm EST), starting on Wednesday, September 8.
  • A survey of old-time fiddle techniques and fiddle styles for those new to old-time fiddling as well as experienced fiddlers
  • A detailed and in-depth look at regional styles, including Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, and more
  • Notation for each tune Bruce teaches, with Bruce’s bowing included
  • High-quality video recordings of each session, posted on Peghead Nation within a week of each session, so you can review what you've learned and revisit them after the workshop has concluded
 
 
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Workshop fee of $200, participate live or view recordings on your own schedule.
 
 
 

If you can just play a few simple old-time fiddle tunes, or if you’re an experienced player, this workshop series will be useful and fun! Bruce will take a variety of classic tunes apart to understand what makes them unique and compelling. 

 

Bruce says, “Starting first with short melodic phrases, which we’ll play into our muscle memory, I’ll add advice about bowing, double stops, ornamentation, and build it from there. You can stay simple or go as far as you like. I want to push you to challenge your limits! 

 

“The breadth and depth of fiddle tradition and regional styles and great players of the past is huge, and to cover it in a short course is not even close to possible, but we’ll use the tunes to look at some of the best of that music and learn some great lessons from it.

 

“Through this, we’ll see differences between some of the local styles that were so different from each other before radio and mass media had its influence. Kentucky, “Round Peak” (North Carolina), West Virginia, Georgia, Texas, and states in the Midwest like Missouri and Illinois all have deep and strong traditions. We’ll dip our musical toes into as many of them as we can. At the end, you’ll emerge with some nice repertoire, technical nuts and bolts, and more ideas for listening and learning.”

 

  • Eight one-hour live Zoom sessions, held every other Wednesday night, from 6 pm to 7 pm PST (9 pm to 10 pm EST), starting on Wednesday, September 8.
  • A survey of old-time fiddle techniques and fiddle styles for those new to old-time fiddling as well as experienced fiddlers
  • A detailed and in-depth look at regional styles, including Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, and more
  • Notation for each tune Bruce teaches, with Bruce’s bowing included
  • High-quality video recordings of each session, posted on Peghead Nation within a week of each session, so you can review what you've learned and revisit them after the workshop has concluded
 
 
Old-Time Fiddle Styles Workshop
 
Welcome to Old-Time Fiddle Styles
 

If you can just play a few simple old-time fiddle tunes, or if you’re an experienced player, this workshop series will be useful and fun! Bruce will take a variety of classic tunes apart to understand what makes them unique and compelling. Bruce says, “Starting first with short melodic phrases, which we’ll play into our muscle memory, I’ll add advice about bowing, double stops, ornamentation, and build it from there. You can stay simple or go as far as you like. I want to push you to challenge your limits! The breadth and depth of fiddle tradition and regional styles and great players of the past is huge, and to cover it in a short course is not even close to possible, but we’ll use the tunes to look at some of the best of that music and learn some great lessons from it. Through this, we’ll see differences between some of the local styles that were so different from each other before radio and mass media had its influence. Kentucky, “Round Peak” (North Carolina), West Virginia, Georgia, Texas, and states in the Midwest like Missouri and Illinois all have deep and strong traditions. We’ll dip our musical toes into as many of them as we can. At the end, you’ll emerge with some nice repertoire, technical nuts and bolts, and more ideas for listening and learning."

 
Session 1, First Tunes: “Jane Wallace” and “Damon’s Winder”
 

In the first session, Bruce starts by talking about old-time fiddling and playing a few examples of some of the styles and tunings he’ll be covering in the workshop. Then he teaches a great, straight-ahead dance tune, “Jane Wallace,” which comes from Tennessee fiddler Shell Coffey. He follows that with “Damon’s Winder,” a variant of the well-known tune “Hell Among the Yearlings.” Bruce’s version is a combination of the playing of Kentucky fiddlers Doc Roberts (who called it “Deer Walk”) and J.W. Day, also known as Jilson Setters.

 
 
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