I'd like to find out if you or any of the musicians you know, name your
musical instruments or identify them by gender.
BB King identified his guitar -- all his guitars according to Wikipedia --
as Lucille, in tribute to . . . here's a link to the story.
I'm working on a story about a musician. I'd like to find out if that --
naming an instrument -- ever happens and/or, even if an instrument doesn't
have a name -- if it has a gender identity (an incredibly complicated
question these days, but my story is set in the 19th century, so I'm really
only thinking binary solutions).
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Ridge Kennedy [Exit 145]
When you stumble, make it part of the dance.
7:00 Ongoing (drop in any time) Class:
The last round of the 7:00 Pacific Time series, there was interest in improvisation. So this time we'll take a tune and explore approaches to improvising on it. We'll explore the pentatonic scale, the chordal shape of a tune, improvising melodically, and see how that expands our tools for creativity. Which means this class will be:
Fiddle Tunes with a leap into Improv Theory!
Details on Both Classes:
Erik Hoffman here getting ready to teach two Zoom In on Playing Fiddle Classes again!
Both classes will start on March 8, 2021 via Zoom online.
Beginning Fiddle II: Repertoire for Beginners
Mondays, 5:30-6:45, beginning March 8.
OK. You've taken Beginning Fiddle I with me, or you've had a couple lessons. You sort of know how to hold the bow & fiddle; you've successfully played a couple tunes; and you know where fingers find some of the notes. You more or less know how to get the beast in tune. You Are Ready! Ready to play more Tunes! In this class you'll learn some tunes that are easy enough for beginners and still played by those of us who have been playing for years. We'll learn to play by ear as well as by observation. And notation, too. You'll get tips on how to make this easier. And, of course, we will work to develop good fiddle habits by reviewing the nuts and bolts of the fiddle and bow. Along the way, we will look at the construction of fiddle tunes and how this can make it easier to learn melodies. And we'll explore how to make a tune our own - with ornaments and style.
Register Beginning Fiddle II at https://secure.thefreight.org/221/beginningfiddle2
Fiddle Tunes with a Touch of Theory
Mondays, 7:30-8:45 p.m., beginning March 8.
In this class we will learn new tunes, and explore some of the bowings and ornaments that each tune brings up. We will explore ways to vary a tune within a number of styles: Appalachian, Celtic, French-Canadian, perhaps even a bit Cajun. We'll explore bowings, and strive to develop what Alasdair Fraser calls "our inner drummer." Along the way, we'll explore how tunes are made of arpeggios, scales, and discuss how understanding this can make tunes easier to learn by ear and easier to memorize. We'll explore ways put our personal stamp on it . We can also explore how learning a skeleton from notated tunes can open a wealth of thousands of tunes!
Register at https://secure.thefreight.org/221/fiddletunes