Fiddle, Old-Time, Levels 2/3

Tricia Spencer

Tricia will teach fiddle tunes her family has played for generations as well as other tunes from masters of old-time music that she has learned throughout her lifetime. Tricia will utilize her "Grandma’s Cheats" that her grandma Iona taught her as a young girl.

These "cheats" are two note combinations that unlock the mysteries of the fiddle through chord shapes, which allows a fiddler to focus on bowing, intonation, and learning tunes more quickly. Students should be familiar with their instruments and able to play them. A knowledge of old time music is not required, and techniques learned in this class can be utilized in any style of music. All tunes and techniques will be learned by ear, so be sure to bring a recording device, paper and pen if you want to take notes. Expect to have a lot of fun!

Students in this class should:

  • Have mastered basic skills
  • Be able to tune the instrument
  • Be able to keep time
  • Be able to play a few tunes with confidence
  • Be not afraid to try something different

About Tricia Spencer

Tricia Spencer is a Kansas fiddler who grew up learning the tradition of old-time fiddling knee to knee from her grandpa and grandma, Vernon and Iona Spencer.  While growing up, she and her family traveled through the midwest where she learned from the fiddling greats like Pete McMahan, Cyril Stinnett, Lyman Enloe, Dwight Lamb, Amos Chase, and Lucy Pierce. Tricia is multi-instrumentalist and is highly sought after as a performer, dance fiddler, and instructor. She is also an artist and makes complex designs in pen and ink and collaborates with her husband, Howard Rains.