Take your bluegrass fiddling to the next level! We'll learn several tips and tricks for easily moving between keys, spicing up your breaks and making them sound more 'bluegrassy', and using syncopation and shuffles to add rhythm and drive to your playing. We'll also work on fills, backup and good technique for supporting vocal tunes. We'll study a few solos in depth from the fiddling masters so we can incorporate their ideas into our own solos, and also learn to compose breaks on the fly for typical bluegrass melodies, so you can be more confident in a jam or performance setting. We'll be playing a bunch!
Prerequisites: In order to get the most from the class, participants should be able to play at least a handful of standard bluegrass songs and tunes at a moderate, steady tempo, and should be comfortable using their 4th finger.
Bring: a recording device, tuner, extra strings, rosin
Annie Staninec is an IBMA Award winning fiddle player who began playing at the age of five, began performing at the age of 12, and now makes her living recording, teaching and touring across North America and internationally. Annie is currently a full time member of the Kathy Kallick Band, regularly performs with several other groups, and has toured or recorded with countless artists including Peter Rowan, John Reischman, Town Mountain, Laurie Lewis, Darol Anger, and David Grisman. She also recently released her own self-titled album which showcases her fluency across multiple genres.
Annie is an experienced teacher, having taught at numerous prestigious camps including Kaufman Kamp, CBA Music Camp, British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and Cordova Music Camp. She also recently released an acclaimed instructional book of traditional bluegrass fiddle solos, and has a growing roster of private students across the nation. This will be her second year at Walker Creek, and we're really looking forward to having her back.