Workshops

WORKSHOPS

MONDAY  3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Cajun Fiddle For Kids (Kelly Thibodeaux)  For beginner and intermediate youth, participants will learn how to saw, play a simple Cajun two-step and learn enough sound effects to illustrate a short narrated folk story about a kingdom of magic frogs located deep in a Louisiana swamp.  Sounds include frogs, crickets, skeeters, gators, snakes, wind, rain – even a herd of mooing cows.  Come have fun.  Some fiddles provided.

Canadian Jigs from Oregon Old-Time Fiddlers (Linda Danielson) We’ll explore some of those Canadian jigs that Oregon old-time fiddlers used to play, learn a tune, and learn some bowing skills that will improve your playing of jigs, whether from Ireland, Scotland or Canada.

Get Offa That Page! (Kim Drapek) This workshop will help unveil the mystery of picking up tunes around the campfire.  Come learn how to tell what key a tune is in, how to identify the bare bones of sounds you hear in the air, and generally how to get your bearings without sheet music.

Introduction To Western Swing (Jeanine Orme)  We will learn one (or more) Western Swing classics that includes harmony parts.  We will also explore taking a solo break with a tune.  We will play mostly by ear during class, but sheet music and listening files will be shared with students by email or Google Drive.

Slow Circle Jam (Allison Lindley) Jam with friends, playing in a round-robin format, taking turns calling, starting and ending tunes.  This will be a fun social forum for practicing with a group, picking up new tunes by ear, sharing a tune you know, asking questions and practicing etiquette typically expected during OOTFA jams around the state.

So You Want To Enter A Contest (Andy Emert) This workshop will give you all the inside information you’ll need to enter a fiddle contest. You’ll learn what the judges will be looking for and how they score your tunes. Andy will also have examples of tunes and how to present them to the judges. He will cover a variety of styles, bowing and keys that should make your tunes sparkle and shine! 

Twin Fiddle (Sherry McKenzie)  We’ll learn two twin fiddle tunes (lead and harmony parts) with stylistically correct bowings. We’ll learn the lead by ear, but standard notation will be provided for both lead and harmony.

Ukulele (Amy Burrow) Singing and playing with camp friends, you will learn useful chords and simple strum patterns.  We will explore new and familiar songs, with an emphasis on fiddle-friendly tunes, and demonstrate how you can contribute during jams.  Printed music and handouts will be provided.  Please bring a ukulele and electronic tuner, if you have one.  Learning how to tune your ukulele will be part of this workshop.

 

TUESDAY  3:30 – 5:00 pm

Being Better Friends With Your Bow  (Linda Danielson) A hands-on workshop for advanced beginning-intermediate fiddlers.  Your bow and your bow arm are a system of levers working together. That’s where that irresistible fiddle rhythm comes from. We’ll explore how you can find that fiddle sound in your bow, avoid squalls and squawks, and make listeners feel like dancing.

Count Off Tunes: Make Potatoes Make Sense (Steve Robare)  Count off tunes in a jam with confidence and leave no one in doubt as to when to come in!  Learn counting and rhythm skills and apply them immediately to your instrument so you can have reliable stars in jams.

Finger Picking Guitar (Josh Humphrey)  This workshop will cover the basics of fingerpicking technique for new players, as well as some variations, bass runs and advanced rhythm for more advanced players.  We will focus on position of the hand, the production of tone, and clarity of sound.

Ideas For Improving (Sherry McKenzie)  For fiddlers of all ages and levels, be prepared to play a song you have known for a while and be comfortable with.  We’ll use the workshop time as a “one main point” mini-lesson, using your polished song as a means of instruction on ways to specifically improve your level of playing and refine aspects of technique, musicianship and musicality.

Introduction to Clawhammer Banjo (Jeff Stevens)  This is a beginning level workshop for those who wish to begin or add the clawhammer banjo to their repertoire.  We will explore the basics of playing the old-time style with a strum called “frailing.”  Participants will learn how to tune the banjo, the bum-ditty (frailing) strum, and the major chords in the key of G.  As you learn a few tunes, you will also pick up some left-hand techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides.  

Introduction To Scottish/Cape Breton Tunes (Jeanine Orme)  This work -shop will be best suited for intermediate level players, or come listen and learn the tunes later at your own pace.  We will learn tunes that may include a reel, strathspey, march or air, discussing some techniques and embellishments. We will play mostly by ear during class, but sheet music and listening files will be shared with students by e-mail or Google Drive.

Introduction To Improvisation For Kids (Andy Emert) Improvisation gives us an opportunity to be self expressive and inventive in our playing. We will discuss the theory behind improv but will also get the hands on experience of taking solos!  You will learn how to back up and accompany one another so that you can continue to jam out with your  friends for years to come. This is the chance to let your musical creativity take over in a supportive and instructive environment.

Slow Circle Jam (Kim Drapek)  See Monday workshop on “Slow Circle Jamming” and come try it out.  It’s great fun.

 

TUESDAY 5:15 to 6:00 pm

Supporting Your Young Musician (Jenny Jonak)  This is a free workshop for Parents!  Jenny  will give helpful insight into ways you can encourage, excite, and motivate your youth to play, to practice, to want to improve their musical skills – and to enjoy playing!  This workshop is FREE—BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED— whether you are already a musician or accompanying your family at camp —EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

 

WEDNESDAY 3:30-5:00 pm

Advanced Rhythm Guitar for Western Swing (Joey McKenzie)  Learn technique, fundamentals and authentic chord progressions for Texas style fiddle tunes with 6-time Texas state accompanist champion Joey McKenzie. Intermediate to advanced level, but all levels are welcome to attend and observe. It is highly advisable to bring a video recording device (cell phone or the like) or at least an audio recorder, and a pen and paper. 

Dance Workshop for Kids (Amy Burrow) Here’s a chance to get your yee-haw on!  No experience needed. You will listen to calls that guide you through the steps as you move to some great old-time music. We’ll dance a Virginia Reel, a polka and a square dance.  You’ll be prepared with a few basics for the Wednesday evening dance, and step out with confidence.

Ideas For Improving (Sherry McKenzie)  For fiddlers of all ages and levels, be prepared to play a song you have known for a while and re comfortable with.  We’ll use the workshop time as a “one main point” mini-lesson, using your polished song as a means of instruction on ways to specifically improve your level of playing and refine aspects of technique, musicianship and musicality.

Introduction to Bluegrass Fiddle (Jeanine Orme )  Have you ever wanted to join a bluegrass jam session?  We will learn a classic bluegrass tune, discuss how to play a solo break with a vocal tune and how to tastefully play some accompaniment on the fiddle.  We will play mostly by ear during class, but sheet music and listening files will be shared with students by e-mail or Google Drive.

Introduction to Improvisation for Adults (Andy Emert)  The Adult Improvisation Workshop will focus on a few types of tunes like Milk Cow Blues and a few others that lend themselves very well for improvisation. Improv is simply listening for the chord structure and playing chord tones that fit the given structure. If interested so far, this is the workshop for you. 

Learning An Irish Tune (Jenny Humphrey)  In this workshop we will learn a simple Irish tune. Alongside learning the notes, we’ll discuss and practice bowing technique and ornamentation. These nuanced additions help bring a tune to life and make playing the fiddle even more fun and rewarding.

Playing Back-Up For Vocals (Allison Lindley)  Playing behind a vocalist can be challenging but, in this workshop, we’ll take away some of the mystery. Several techniques will be covered, like staying away from the melody line, adding harmony lines, double stops, fills and chops. Bring your fiddle, – this will be a hands-on experience in fiddling behind a vocalist or other lead instrument. 

Slow Circle Jam (Kim Drapek)  Check out the description for the “Slow Circle Jam” on Monday.  Put those new jamming skills together for a circle jam and relax after all those classes.

 

Also:

FIDDLE CLINIC (Linda Danielson) This is not a class nor a workshop, but if your shoulder hurts when you play … your bow bounces on the long notes … you need help with a tune from class …  you want to take the next step to being a better fiddler …  Linda will be available throughout the day to offer individual help.