Learn Fiddle with Harry Bolick.
Ongoing sessions of 4 weekly 1 and 1/2 hr classes.
$120 for the 4 week session, Monday evenings 7:00-8:30 pm at the Garrison Arts Center. Please register at:
While learning a new tune each week, we will cover basic bowing patterns, scales, a bit of music theory, touch on the history of the music and each tune. Special attention will be given to demonstrate the melody as it relates to the chords that a back up instrument would provide. The goal is to bring all of these bits of fiddle lore together in a way that will help a developing fiddler recognize patterns in the music so that they can more quickly join in the fun of jam sessions. In a subsequent 4 weeks, we would build on what we have learned. Covering more varied and more complex set of tunes and developing second fiddle parts to "back up" the melody fiddler. The class with be adjusted to meet the abilities and needs of the students.
"Vintage Mississippi Fiddle Tune Workshop"
During this workshop, in addition to basic fiddle techniques, I teach and discuss fiddle tunes from the sweltering foothills of Carroll County, Mississippi, which is located just above the Mississippi delta. There is a touch of blues, a hint of ragtime, and an opinionated touch of melody from the legacy of the great fiddlers of the 1920’s and ‘30’s."
The workshop is 2 hours in length and usually teaches 2 complete tunes. I play short versions of several tunes, discuss their history, and any quirks of musical interest. The participants vote on which tune they would like to learn. I then break the tune down into short passages that are taught to the group by ear. Bowings and variations are taught. I repeat this process for the next selection to be taught. If there is sufficient demand, a second or more workshops can be added covering other tunes.
The tunes I teach are drawn from the commercial 78's from the 1920's and 1930's, Library of Congress field recordings of 1930 and 1939 and manuscripts of field recordings. (see Mississippi Music)
For workshops contact Harry.