From the Greyfox Festival, to Rockygrass Academy and Rockgrass Festival, I now find myself in Elkins, WV at Davis & Elkins College for Bluegrass Week in the Augusta Heritage week camp series. Luckily for me (but not so much for the camp), I only had two students. I don’t mind teaching more, but with only two at the same level, we can really focus on finer points. We took our fiddles and three chairs outside everyday for class…even when it rained!
In the morning, I went through a list of “tunes to know” that I keep to see what we had in common and to help me to decide what to work on.
Well, it turned out to be a hoss of a day…a Wheel Hoss (G) of a day, that is.
I taught the melody and upper harmony to both players. We spent most of the morning shifting mental gears by trading melody/harmony roles back and forth. Discussion was had on finding twin fiddle parts (through knowledge of chords & melody), so chord theory talk followed. The afternoon was spent on applying “fiddle chop” rhythm to Wheel Hoss — with both 4/4 time and halftime feels. We also fooled around with a few different bowing patterns on the melody.
CASEY’S CAMP JAM
Today was especially interesting. The camp I’m teaching at is simultaneously having a Swing Week. The jam selections show our integration.
Leather Britches (G)
Honky Tonkin (G)
Oklahoma Hills (G)
You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry (D)
You Call Everybody Darling (D)
East Tennessee Blues (C)
Right or Wrong (G)
The Kind of Love I Can’t Forget (G)
Yellow Roses (D)
Little Red Wagon (F)
A few of those I had never heard, and others I had heard but not played. Thanks for some new tunes!
1 day down, 4 left,