Guitar, Rhythm and Old Time Back-up, Levels 2/3

Instructor(s): 
Howard Raines

In this class, we will learn all about the BOOM, listening for chord choices, playing bass runs, and keeping time. Though we'll spend a lot of time strategizing about backing up old time fiddle tunes, the skills and concepts you'll learn in class will help your playing in many other styles and songs as well.

We will discuss and work through the important, yet often overlooked, role of the guitar player in old time and discuss how to assess a session so that your backup is right for the jam at hand. 

We will learn how to back up fiddle tunes using the "old time accompaniment pattern." We will talk about backing up other regional styles of old time fiddling and how to tell the difference.

We’ll also explore a bit of my unique approach to finger picking that I learned from my dad. Most of all, we are going to have a great time backing up fiddle tunes and songs. Students should be familiar with their instruments, know standard chords, and be able to move through them.

Prerequisites: Students should be familiar with their instruments, know standard chords, and be able to move through them.

About Howard Rains

Howard Rains is a native Texas artist and fiddler, now living in Kansas. He comes from a musical and artistic family and his two obsessions are painting and playing traditional American fiddle music. He is the fourth generation to play on the same fiddle that was made for his great-grandfather and learned his finger-picked guitar style from his dad. The New York Times has said, "Rains has established himself as an authority on old Texas-style fiddling." Howard plays rare, old tunes learned from friends, family, mentors, and old recordings. As much known for his painting as his fiddling, Howard has focused much of his work on documenting living traditional musicians in watercolor in his unique style.

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