Another group class: Old-time String Band, levels 1/2

David Bragger

This class is designed for musicians who are interested in having a foot-stomping, great old time while learning to play tunes/songs from the great canon of old-time music. We'll focus on some classic square dance tunes as well as some obscure bluesy pieces. We'll also focus on the pulse and downbeat that makes this music so danceable and mesmerizing. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, basses, singers all welcome, also those fringe instruments such as ukuleles and autoharps.   

Prerequisites: Students should have basic knowledge of their instrument, the ability to tune their instrument, a handful of common chords (guitar, mandolin) and know how to play some classic old-time tunes.

Bring: a recording device and a list of tunes that you know.

David Bragger is a performer and teacher of old-time music on a variety of early American stringed instruments. He is a world-renowned fiddle instructor who teaches workshops and private lessons around the globe. David is the director of the prestigious Old-Time String Band Ensemble in the UCLA Ethnomusicology Department. He is also the artistic director of the Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention and a producer/workshop coordinator for the Los Angeles Old-Time Social. David is also the founder of the Old-Time Tiki Parlour where he documents the greatest living musicians of traditional American music for the premier old-time label Tiki Parlour Recordings. We are pleased to welcome David to our staff for the first time.


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