Have you always harbored a secret desire to play the fiddle? Now’s your chance! C4A Director, master teacher, and fiddler extraordinaire Robin Kearton guarantees that by the end of this session you’ll be able to at least play an open string figure with her that harmonizes on a nice little Irish polka. Some fiddles will be available if you don’t have one in your closet.
Local music educator and multi-instrumentalist Steve Meadows will demonstrate and discuss the basic skills you’ll need to play the ukulele in this workshop. Topics covered include instrument anatomy/terminology, basic chord voicings, right hand techniques, and tablature. There will be about a dozen loaner ukuleles available (first come, first serve) so don’t worry if you don’t own one!
This workshop is aimed at beginning and intermediate players who are looking for techniques and material that will inspire them to play everyday. The goal is to get past common roadblocks and enhance right-hand rhythm, finger choices, choice of pick grip and posture. The material covered will be drawn from traditional American instrumental repertoire: old time, bluegrass, and Italian folk.
Colby Maddox toured with Special Consensus Bluegrass Band, won first prize at the 2006 Rocky Grass mandolin competition in Lyons, Colorado, and teaches fiddle and mandolin at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Recent side projects include playing on the soundtrack for the PBS documentary The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance, narrated by Garrison Keillor, and singing on the soundtrack for the Newberry Library’s Homemakers of the Civil War: Sheet Music.
This will be a hands-on workshop where participants will learn tunes in the clawhammer style as well as several drills to improve technique. Participants should bring their own instrument; observers are welcome.
This workshop will explore different body rhythms native to the Southern United States, including examples of African-American Step and Hambone traditions. Participants will also learn to create their own body percussion as well as getting to experiment with layering different rhythms on top of each other in order to create a polyrhythmic beat. This is a participatory workshop. No instruments required!
Folk tales, stories of the human condition, trials and tribulations, love lost and found, and journeying on the quest, have been passed down through the generations from teller to listener. Join storyteller Anne Shimojima as she shares tips on how to learn and tell a folk tale. Anne brings 30+ years of storytelling experience to this fast-paced hour of both theory and practice.
Delta blues guitarist Shari Kane will cover important slide techniques in this workshop, demonstrating tips for better sound, as well as useful information about where the licks are in open tuning slide. Tabs provided! Bring slides!
Listen and learn to a variety of killer grooves from all kinds of American music. In this dynamic workshop, the Amigos explore the rhythmic elements behind the blues shuffle, zydeco, bluegrass, swing, and more. Bring your instrument to see how different tempos and grooves can add a new dimension to a song.
Make music that “makes itself” in a group Circle Sing while exploring how the rules of harmony and ensemble can help engage and strengthen your awareness and appreciation for community. No experience required.