Workshop: Old-Time Fiddle

  • July 10, 2019
  • By Admin: sfbluegrass
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Class Description: I like to teach fiddle by jumping right in and teaching tunes. With old time fiddle, the bowing is probably the most important factor. There is a lot of syncopation in old time fiddling rhythm so this will be the focus of every tune. So I’ll start by teaching tunes that have a repetitive bowing pattern throughout both the A and B parts and we’ll move on to other tunes that just vary slightly in their patterns. After a few tunes are learned this way and certain bowing patterns are recognized, it should be easier to hear these rhythms in other tunes and should be helpful for learning new tunes. I will be teaching tunes in standard tuning (GDAE) for G,C and F tunes , high bass tuning (ADAE) for D tunes and A modal tunes and cross tuning (AEAE) for A tunes. Prerequisites: This is an intermediate class so students must be comfortable with the fiddle and have a general knowledge of what “old time” fiddle is and have a few tunes they feel comfortable leading in a jam session. Also, students must be open to “cross-tuning” the fiddles to get that authentic old time sound. Many students find a recording device really helpful so bring and audio and/or visual recorder if that helps.

Sammy Lind   Born in Minnesota, Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind has established himself as one of the most critically acclaimed old time fiddle players in the country. Co-founder of the Oregon based Foghorn Stringband, Stephen has traveled the world playing and teaching a vast repertoire of tunes from Appalachia and the Midwest. His playing reflects tremendous respect and passion for all the fiddle players and old recordings he spent countless hours learning from. Sammy have taught at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Festival Camp, Sorrento British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, Sioux River Folk Festival, Indiana Fiddler’s Festival, Fiddle Fair in Ireland, Open House Festival in Ireland, Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia, and many more. He has two instructional DVDs available, ” Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind’s Old Time Fiddle Tunes- Beginner and Advanced” available at