Beginner Americana/Folk Fiddle

Come enjoy learning violin in a unique, fun community atmosphere! We will be learning basic techniques to play in the folk-fiddle style and tradition. This includes bowing technique, learning major scales, acquiring call and response based auditory skills and learning specialized folk techniques. This is a wonderful and accessible style that opens the door to eventually playing with others in the greater folk community. Traditional fiddle tunes are widely known around the world among other traditional folk musicians and can provide you with an opportunity to eventually play in a community ‘jam’ based setting. These tunes are taught and learned by ear, as they always have been traditionally. In a traditional ‘jam’ setting, fiddlers will learn the tune as its being played and eventually join in. This is a skill that we will begin to work on. You will not need to read music for this class. No prior experience is necessary. If you already have some very basic experience on violin, you are still welcome to join us and learn some fiddling skills!

Course Outline:

Week 1 Tuning the violin, basic technique (holding the violin and bow), familiarizing ourselves with the strings/notes on the instrument and using the bow
Week 2 Bow technique, basic call and response skills, auditory skills, using fingers on the fingerboard
Week 3 Bow techniques (continued), intermediate call and response skills, playing D and A scales
Week 4 Playing G, D and A scales with different bowings, call and response skills, understanding fiddle tune “form”, starting our first tune
Week 5 Working on our first tune and our scale bowings
Week 6 Finishing our first tune and starting the second tune
Week 7 Working on our second tune, learning about ‘Drone’ strings
Week 8 Finishing our second tune and reviewing all our newly acquired skills

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learning basic violin techniques
  • Building auditory skills
  • Playing major scales
  • Playing 2 folk tunes

What to bring:

  • A full size violin with strings (and four fine tuners, if possible)
  • A full size bow
  • Rosin
  • An extra set of strings
  • Notepad
  • Pen

About the Tutor:

'Danielle Vita began playing violin at the age of eight. She received her Bachelors degree in violin performance and Masters degree in music education and voice performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York City. She has been teaching violin both in her private studio and in public and private schools for 15 years. Ms. Vita has performed with various orchestras in the New York area, while also leading a string quartet. In the past ten years she has crossed over from classical violin to bluegrass/Americana fiddling. She currently plays violin and sings with several bluegrass/old time bands based in Sydney and Melbourne, which can be seen in various folk festivals in NSW and Victoria.'

$171 Limited inc GST
Beginner Americana/Folk Fiddle

<p>Come enjoy learning violin in a unique, fun community atmosphere! We will be learning basic techniques to play in the folk-fiddle style and tradition. This includes bowing technique, learning major

...
$171 Limited inc GST
Beginner Americana/Folk Fiddle

<p>Come enjoy learning violin in a unique, fun community atmosphere! We will be learning basic techniques to play in the folk-fiddle style and tradition. This includes bowing technique, learning major

...

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