In this class, we will explore the role of both melody players and accompanists, but more importantly the relationship between these two. We will learn a group of tunes from the Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton traditions and discuss the arranging process as we collaborate on our material. We will learn some theory and discuss chord choices, bass lines, and rhythm.
This class is recommended for intermediate-advanced melody players with some tune repertoire already under your belt. For accompanists, knowledge of chords and keys will be expected and you should be able to read through a chord chart. This class is open to any melody instrument as well as guitar and piano.
Please bring a recording device and note taking material.
November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11
Katie McNally grew up steeped in the vibrant Scottish and Cape Breton music community in Boston and is the 2009 New England Scottish Fiddle Champion. She was a student of Hanneke Cassel and has performed at venues such as Club Passim, The Barns at Wolf Trap, Symphony Space, Brighton College in Brighton, England, and various folk venues throughout New England. Katie performs regularly with guitarist Eric McDonald, has been a member of the Boston-based ﬁddle supergroup Childsplay since 2009, and is currently on a national tour with world-renowned Galician bagpiper Carlos Núñez.
Katie is a devoted teacher as well as a performer. In addition to her private students, she has taught at the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School, Boston Symphony Hall, the Tufts University Community Music Program, and has hosted her own ﬁddle camp in Leominster, MA for four years. Her debut album, Flourish, will be released in December 2012.