Music School Workshop Details

TRADITIONAL SONG AND CARTER FAMILY WORKSHOP

TRADITIONAL SONG AND CARTER FAMILY WORKSHOP
Ashlee Watkins and Andrew Small
Wed 25th & Thurs 26th, 9am-12noon
This workshop will explore the Appalachian folk song tradition and music of the Carter Family from southwestern Virginia. Covering an assortment of standards and some less commonly performed gems from the repertoire, we will explore nuances of ornamentation, melodic variation, accent, and harmony. We will also discuss topics such as authenticity and arrangement.

OLD TIME INSTRUMENTAL WORKSHOP

OLD TIME INSTRUMENTAL WORKSHOP
Shay Garriock & Mac Traynham
Wed 25th & Thurs 26th, 9am-12noon
An interactive workshop covering Banjo - Fiddle Duets from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. This intermediate to advanced level class will cover a handful of lesser common tunes from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The same tunes will be taught separately for banjo and fiddle and then the classes will convene to play each tune as a group or in duos. Aspects emphasized will be commonality between banjo and fiddle versions and style, strong rhythm and downbeat for dancing, and regional, complimentary stylistic characters on both the banjo and fiddle that interact to create a unique regional sound and spirit.

Old-time Country Guitar and Carter Picking Workshop

Old-time Country Guitar and Carter Picking Workshop
Ashlee Watkins and Mac Traynham
Wednesday 25th, 1-2pm
This intermediate to advanced workshop will discuss the role of the guitar in an old-time string band and help participants establish a solid and driving rhythmic foundation for an ensemble. We will demonstrate and break down Maybelle Carter-style melodic playing and teach classic Carter Family melodies. Other topics will include strumming rhythms, chord choices, and harmonic direction through bass runs.

Round-Peak Banjo Workshop

ROUND-PEAK BANJO WORKSHOP
Jeremy Marcotte
Wednesday 25th, 1-2pm
This workshop will explore the characteristic clawhammer banjo style of the Round Peak region near Mt Airy, North Carolina. We will address common tunes and tunings, influential players, the roles of the banjo (solo, fiddle-banjo duet, string band), and ornamentation and other techniques that are characteristic of the Round Peak style of banjo playing.

Round-Peak Fiddle Workshop

Round-Peak Fiddle Workshop
Andrew Small
Wednesday 25th, 1-2pm
This workshop will explore the fiddle playing and tunes of the Round Peak region near Mt Airy, North Carolina. Focusing on the style of Tommy Jarrell, we will address tunings, ornamentation, melodic variation, bow rocking, and other fiddle techniques that help produce the Round Peak sound. Participants will gain valuable insight into a distinctive regional Appalachian fiddling tradition.

Slow Jam Workshop

Slow Jam Workshop
Jeremy Marcotte
Wednesday 25th, 2.30-3.30pm
Focusing on the standard tune and song repertoire of North Carolina and Virginia, we will play through tunes and songs at a slower pace with a focus on creating cohesion and groove within the jam. We will discuss jam etiquette, communication, and layout.

Women in Old Time Music Workshop

Women in Old Time Music Workshop
Ashlee Watkins
Wednesday 25th, 2.30-3.30pm
This workshop will provide a survey of some of the influential women found along the timeline of the old-time genre by discussing their role in facilitating and sustaining the music in their communities and beyond. We will also explore feministic themes in the folk song repertoire in order to establish a holistic view of the female response to societal expectations through music.

Old-time Mandolin Workshop

Old-time Mandolin Workshop
Andrew Small
Wednesday 25th, 2.30-3.30pm
This intermediate level workshop will explore the simultaneously melodic and rhythmic role of the mandolin in an old-time string band. We will explore the differences in Bluegrass and oldtime mandolin playing and use tunes from the heart of the old-time repertoire as vehicles for demonstration. Topics to be covered will include the shuffle rhythm, accents (playing melodies in a rhythmic way!), chord inversions, and tone production.

Simple Approach for Introducing Old-Time Embellishments

Simple Approach for Introducing Old-Time Embellishments
Shay Garriock
Wednesday 25th, 2.30-3.30 pm
-A simple approach to introducing embellishments for old time sound-
This class introduces bowing and noting techniques for the intermediate or advanced fiddler that will add more complexity to your tunes, as well as introduce some techniques that make old time old time fiddle more rustic and “southern”. Techniques discussed will include strong downbeat accenting, using less repetitive bowing patterns, use of grace notes, sliding into chords, bow “dragging”, and flattened notes.

Basic Instrument Setup & Maintenance - Violin

Basic Instrument Setup & Maintenance - Violin
Shay Garriock
Thursday 26th, 1-2pm
- Basic Violin Setup for Playability and Tone -
This class provides an introductory look into basic factors affecting the ease of playability and tonal quality of the violin. Aspects discussed will include neck angle and fingerboard shape, string height, bridge location and fit, soundpost fitting, peg fitting, and a core of fundamental and useful measurements anyone can make. No tools required but an at least 330 mm ruler would be helpful.

The Runs: Creating Musical Bass Lines in Backup Guitar Workshop

The Runs: Creating Musical Bass Lines in Backup Guitar
Jeremy Marcotte
Thursday 26th, 1-2pm
This workshop will focus on the art of creating musical fills and bass lines in old-time backup guitar. We will review the styles of influential guitarists like Riley Puckett of the Skillet Lickers and others that helped to broaden the creative pallet of backup guitar.

Classic Country Songs Workshop

Classic Country Songs
Ashlee Watkins
Thursday 26th, 1-2pm
This workshop will explore what came after the Carter Family by acknowledging the firm oldtime roots of early commercial Country music. We will discuss some of the great artists like Ernest Tubb, Web Pierce, Hank Williams and others. But who are we kiddin’ - this workshop is mostly an excuse to get together and sing some great classic Country songs!

Essential Old Time Repertoire of North Carolina and Virginia Workshop

Essential Old Time Repertoire of North Carolina and Virginia
Mac Traynham
Thursday 26th, 1-2pm
This workshop will be a discussion and review of the essential core repertoire of dance tunes from North Carolina and Virginia. Standard tunes (Sally Ann, Soldier’s Joy, John Brown’s Dream, etc.) in the common keys (D, A, G) will be covered.

Using Computer Software

Using Computer Software
Shay Garriock
Thursday 26th, 2.30-3.30pm
-Using computer software to identify specific notes and bowing techniques in recordings--
This workshop describes how to use Cool Edit (now Adobe Audition) and Audacity digital recording and editing softwares to analyze digital music files of fiddle music. Learn how to tune to a recording, how to speed up or slow down the recording without changing its pitch, how to zoom into the digital signature to identify individual bow strokes and slurs, and how to reveal almost every single note in the melody.

Singing Whilst Playing Fiddle Workshop

Singing Whilst Playing Fiddle
Andrew Small
Thursday 26th, 2.30-3.30pm
This workshop will provide tips and exercises for unlocking the ability to sing while playing fiddle. We will explore using the fiddle for backup and harmonic support in addition to adding vocals over a fiddle tune.

Old-time Fingerpicking Banjo Workshop

Old-time Fingerpicking Banjo Workshop
Jeremy Marcotte
Thursday 26th, 2.30-3.30pm
This intermediate level workshop will demonstrate and outline the foundations of 2- and 3-finger old-time banjo fingerpicking styles. Focusing on traditional thumb and index-lead 2-finger styles from North Carolina, the workshop will also address the pre-Bluegrass 3-finger style of Charlie Poole. We will cover common tunings as well as stylistic techniques such as slides, rolls, and pull-offs that will help players achieve an authentic and nuanced old-time sound.

THE OLD TIME STRING BAND WORKSHOP

THE OLD TIME STRING BAND: HARNESSING THE DRIVE
Andrew Small , Ashlee Watkins & Jeremy Marcotte
Friday 27, 9-10.30am
This workshop will analyze the roles within an old-time string band in order to demystify how to achieve a unified and driving sound as a group. We will review and discuss the signature styles of great string bands such as the Camp Creek Boys, Pine Ridge Boys, Dry Hill Draggers, and others.

FINAL WORKSHOP WITH FOGHORN STRINGBAND

FINAL WORKSHOP WITH FOGHORN STRINGBAND MEMBERS & ALL TUTORS
Friday 27th October, 1.30-4pm

Foghorn members will get together at the beginning of the workshop with all the participants and demonstrate the tunes that will be taught during the workshop. The groups will then split up and work on the tunes in their respective classes. At the end, everyone will get back together to play the tunes in a relaxed, positive and inclusive environment.

The repertoire will include fiddle tunes from Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Southern Illinois.

Please bring a recording device if possible.

The Singing Workshop with Nadine & Reeb will explore early country and old time songs, learning stylistics and harmonies. The workshop is offered to both men and women and no experience is necessary.
The Melody Workshop with Sammy & Caleb will focus on teaching a couple of tunes by ear, breaking them down phrase by phrase, incorporating techniques and variations. Caleb will teach the melody of fiddle tunes, and how to get tight with the fiddle, focusing on the rhythm of the fiddle bowing. Double stops, tremolo and chords variations will be taught as relative to playing fiddle tunes.

Music School Prices

  • 3 days - $300

  • 2 days - $210

  • 1 day - $120

  • Foghorn Stringband Workshop only - $60

Bookings must be accompanied by payment.
Morning & Afternoon Tea Supplied. Inexpensive camping available at Dorrigo Showgrounds Festival Site.

Further enquiries: Bridget Rees
0428 415 078
or contact us HERE.

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