Fiddle Hell (that's a title, not an expletive)
For those of you who enjoy a plethora of musical styles, I’d like to recommend an online festival called Fiddle Hell. From November 5th through the 8th – a time when our current reality may be truly tested – you can participate in 160 workshops, 35 concerts, and 34 jams via Zoom. Now, obviously you can’t do all of that during one weekend, so they are making all of this available online for three months. Take a look at https://fiddlehell.org and see if it’s something you’ll enjoy.
Sounds fun, but I'll need to stop wiping the rosin off my violin now if I want it to have enough buildup by November.
Dang! That's okay I got my upper-middle-class stimulus check.
As soon as registration was available, I signed up. For the past six years it has been a rewarding & fun way for me to learn a variety of styles with skilled teachers. The biggest task is to pace yourself as there is opportunity to learn or jam until the wee hours of the morning. It has always been a very well-run set of workshops bringing teachers from all over the US, Canada, and other countries.
Whenever I see rosin on someone's fiddle I feel an urge to wipe it off. I wipe my bow and top and strings every half hour if I can.
Um, that whole finish-destroying habit of leaving rosin to build up on violins/fiddles is not practiced by all folk musicians. We respect our instruments, keep them cleaned, have luthiers to maintain them, pay for good strings - and I even keep mine in a Musafia case. My instrument doesn't get treated any differently whether I am playing folk music or classical.
I think that some people view that build-up of rosin as proof of how much they play. And for some they may view it as a continuation of a tradition that may have started among untrained fiddlers who didn't know any better but who played well and had followers who tried to learn from them and thought that the rosin buildup was part of "the sound."
It really sounds fun!
Jane Rose wrote, "And, instead of folks asking "what piece are you on?" to determine your "level," they start up a tune, folks join in, and if you don't know it you can learn it on the spot."
You are right, Lydia. Going to a workshop at the right instruction level is important, and most folks do the correct self-selecting. Some FH jams give a level (as well as common tune list) so one can find a sweet spot of participation.
"They start up a tune, folks join in, and if you don't know it you can learn it on the spot."
Yes, Paul, the classes/workshops are taught bit by bit at varying levels and no one is just left to figure it out. I meant that for casual gathering or jams. April Verch is an excellent teacher and since you had her, you know the drill. In a workshop nobody is expected to jump off a cliff. Sorry if I implied that for workshops/classes. The only time I have heard classical violinists break out an play together out-of-the-blue was with the Bach double. (smiley face)
LOL! It does sound like a fun clinic.