This six-week course will encompass your basic "fiddle from scratch" class and is geared towards people with minimal or no previous experience. Students will learn how to tune and hold the fiddle, along with some basic scales. The goal will be to learn and memorize some basic and popular session tunes. There will also be focus on ear training development. By the end of the course, participants will be able to understand a little more about the instrument, and attend jam sessions without fear! Must have a tape recorder and blank tape (or the mini disc equivalent) at each lesson, and a fiddle. Please make sure fiddles are in good working order (having all four strings, relatively in tune, etc.) for the first class. This class is for complete beginners to the violin; if you have violin experience, we encourage you to take Intermediate Fiddle.
November 5, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17
Jenna Moynihan is young, emerging fiddler on the acoustic music scene. Hailing from New York State, her roots in traditional Scottish fiddle, and her love of Appalachian Old-Time music create a distinct and unique style of playing. A student at Berklee College of Music, she has been the recipient of both the Fletcher Bright and the American Roots Music awards, given annually to an outstanding string player. Jenna has performed with the Folk Arts Quartet, Atlantic Seaways, The Jenna Moynihan Trio, and alongside the Boston Pops, and Darol Anger's Republic of Strings. She currently resides in Boston and is a an active player in the folk music scene.