Friday, April 29, 2016
Darol Anger Fiddle Workshop in Ashland, Oregon
Darol Anger's Fiddle-ology Workshop is for intermediate to advanced bowed string players of any age.
Darol will call upon his decades of experience playing and teaching at clinics, at Berklee, and on his online Artistworks school. Intermediate to advanced players of any age might derive the most benefit, but mature beginners are respected and will find much useful information. All participants are expected to play a bit (though not by themselves!), and tape recorders are welcome.
Using call and response, direct example and printed handouts Darol will help string players to explore the principles of fiddling including bowing and phrasing techniques, backup playing, and provide musical tools for improvising in any style. Depending on participants’ questions, Darol may discuss and address specific musical challenges and problems pertaining to string playing in a live environment.
The workshop might include, if requested, a step-by-step method of playing the rhythm “chop” on fiddle, and participants will probably learn an easy tune by ear.
This workshop may also include ways to approach unfamiliar and difficult keys, and methods for improving intonation. It may include discussion of blues changes and an expanded concept of the blues scale, the basis of modern roots and pop music.