Fiddlekids Sessions w/ John Blasquez
Fiddlekids instructor John Blasquez and assistant Lucia Purpura-Pontoniere host an ongoing series of fiddling workshops. These fall on the second Sunday of each month (there may be an occasional exception).
Each workshop is a unique, self-contained opportunity to learn about fiddling. Students will learn a fiddle tune almost every session and receive pointers on memorization, practice and study skills, ornamentation, variations and style. The details of old-time, Celtic, and bluegrass fiddling are covered, as well as the possibilities of fiddle accompaniment, like chop rhythm. We'll explore improvisation, soloing and backup—the things fiddlers do when they're out of the spotlight. (NOTE: We may have other instrumentalists join us and play guitar, mandolin, banjo, and bass.) There will be opportunities to break into groups to rehearse tunes, make arrangements, and learn rehearsal skills.
Generally, we'll focus on learning by ear, however music notation/tablature will be available for all tunes. John may occasionally use notation/tablature in class to coach kids on learning effectively from written music.
Prerequisite: Intermediate skills. Two years of violin or fiddle experience, or experience and comfort learning by tunes by ear. (Prior participation in Fiddlekids summer camp is not required.)
*This workshop is for ages 7 thru 18.
Please sign up in advance. Minimum class size is 15. Class may be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not reached. (Class cancellation is unlikely. Students will be contacted ahead of time if this occurs.)
John Blasquez is a superlative, seasoned performer in bluegrass, old-time, and Celtic genres, and his fiddling expertise is matched by his remarkable gift for teaching. Patient, encouraging, and creative, John is especially skilled in connecting with kids. John has served on the staff of fiddlekids for six consecutive years, contributing his ingenuity, motivational talents, and great humor.