By popular demand, this course was created specifically for the fiddlers who attend local jam sessions. It will build your repertoire of the tunes likely to be played there, as well as provide guidance for you to lead a group to play the tunes you already know.
This course is recommended for fiddlers with at least one year experience, who already know the basics of playing the fiddle in different keys and can acquire new tunes on a weekly basis.
While emphasis is placed on learning by ear rather than reading music, students are encouraged to identify the notes being played by name ( D, E, F#,.. etc. ) This becomes an increasingly important part of managing a sizable class and communicating the lessons effectively. Admittedly, learning the notes by name is not for everyone, the instructor will do his best to accommodate all.
The instructor provides sample recordings of the tunes covered in class, these are downloadable in mp3 format. Students are welcome to use their own recording methods during class.
Note to violinists: Often students with many years of violin training are interested in learning the subtleties of the fiddling style and wish to join these classes. I welcome the participation, but I will always maintain a pace that suits the beginners who may have only just started.
Level: One year experience, and the ability to learn new tunes quickly. Best preparation is to take Fiddle II.