Fiddle Classes at Cascadia 2016

If you have questions about these classes or how to place yourself, email Randal Bays.

Advanced - The actual content of the advanced classes is left up to the individual instructor, but you can expect to learn some good tunes, get into the bowing and ornamentation of various kinds of dance tunes, etc. Remember that in the advanced classes you'll be expected to play on your own in front of the class. If you're uneasy about that you will do well to go for the intermediate classes instead.

Intermediate - Similar to the advanced classes, but you won't have to worry about playing in front of the class. Also the pace of the tune learning as well as the tempos of the tunes themselves will be slower.

Introductory - If you're new to the instrument and want to get a good start with an excellent teacher, here is your golden opportunity. The class will also be a good choice if you already play the instrument a bit but want to learn about Irish traditional music.

Guidelines for placement in fiddle classes

Advanced - You should be able to play an Irish reel solo, at a good clip (at least 92 on the metronome), also a jig and a hornpipe, without pauses or stumbling and with good ornamentation. You'll want to have a pretty good repertoire of Irish tunes and you should be comfortable playing in front of the class.

Intermediate - You should have mastered beginning skills, be able to tune your instrument to play with others, keep steady time, play the principal scales (D, G and A major) cleanly, and know how to play a few tunes with confidence.

Introductory - This class is for students who seek an introduction to the instrument and/or to Irish music played on the fiddle. You'll learn how to hold the fiddle and bow, how to finger the notes in the left hand and play in tune, etc.


Fiddle Teachers at Cascadia 2016

Randal Bays will teach just two 75-minute classes this year, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Tuesday - Tips and strategies for learning by ear
Thursday - Playing slow airs

Antoin MacGabhann
Advanced Fiddle
Intermediate Fiddle

James Kelly
Advanced Fiddle
Intermediate Fiddle

Eileen Sullivan
Introductory Fiddle