Instruction and Inspiration


Jamie Laval - Nationally acclaimed performer, composer, arranger, and educator

Monday, May 14, 2018 - WORKSHOP - 5:30pm

"Celtic fiddle is about making people want to dance. We'll start by learning the generic, stripped down version of a classic tune (a reel, jig, strathspey, hornpipe). Then we'll add layers of dance-inducing devices and rhythmic drive into the tune by including several kinds of Scottish- and Irish-style ornaments. I'll teach the class primarily by ear, but sheet music of tunes and bowing styles will be given for home study. We will encourage a fun, supportive learning environment in which no-one will be singled out. Audio recorders welcome.


As we go, I will often point out how tunes are constructed in organized patterns based on a few simple harmonies. We'll always use efficient practicing methods that yield the quickest results. Slurred bowings are one of the most requested concerns of students; we can delve deeply into this area by learning the bowing patterns which provide the best groove. We'll work on different ways of putting rhythmic accents on specific notes and phrase endings to add excitement."

This workshop will be taught in two phases; the first segment will be slow paced, giving all beginner students a confident grasp of the tune and the basics of the melody, the second phase will review the basic tune for quick learners and move to bowing techniques, ornamentation and rhythmic accents. Additional tunes will be introduced if time allows. Please arrive 10 minutes early to tune and get situated.

COST: $20  Online at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door

TIME:  5:30pm (phase 2 begins around 6:30)

WHERE: Berkshire Strings Studio  46 Main Street, So. Egremont MA

DIRECTIONS: 46 Main Street (Route 23) in South Egremont is the yellow building behind 44 Main Street. The up-hill driveway is immediately across from Salisbury Bank's entrance.

MORE INFO: 413-528-5739

REGISTRATION: required for all participants by May 13, 6pm.




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