Casey Driessen – American Fiddles

Divided in 4 parts, we’re going to talk about:

  • “Plugging in”: Whether you are playing in a band with drums or in an acoustic folk group, if you are going to be on stage, you’ll need to be amplified. This workshop will discuss various methods of string instrument amplification and the pros and cons in different scenarios. We will also explore effects pedals and looping from real-world trial and error experience as a solo performer and side musician. Demonstrations are included.
  • “American Fiddle Tune Standards”: Learning to play another musical style is like learning another language. In the beginning you imitate, repeat, and memorize fundamentals. In this workshop you will learn a few great, standard and fundamental tunes from the American fiddle tradition.
  • “Bowing and rhythms to groove by”: In most instances, specifically music which uses a 12-note system, we all have the same notes. If two players from two different traditions play the same notes, how can it sound so different? The answer is bow phrasing and articulation. In this workshop we will explore different bowing patterns and tendencies to get you grooving.
  • “Exploring phrases and melodies essence”: Melodies—especially fiddle tunes—can have lots of notes. Within those melodies and phrases, there are important melodic rises and falls on the way to a note that has more significance than the ones surrounding it. If you remove the “extra” notes, you can discover the essence—or skeleton—of a phrase or melody. In this workshop, we will work backwards from a melody with many notes, to that same melody with fewer notes. Once the essence of that melody is discovered, we will explore improvising on the tune through variations in rhythm and different ways to connect the “dots.”

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