DAY 1 – Bluegrass Week @ Augusta

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.


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) Sam Bush - Late As Usual - Leather Britches
Honky Tonkin (G) Hank Williams - 20 of Hank Williams' Greatest Hits - Honky Tonkin'
Oklahoma Hills (G) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Rhino Hi-Five: Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - EP - Oklahoma Hills
You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry (D) Ernest Tubb - Ernest Tubb: The Definitive Collection - You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry
You Call Everybody Darling (D) Spade Cooley & Becky Barfield - King of Western Swing, Vol. 1 - You Call Everybody Darling
East Tennessee Blues (C) Buddy Spicher - Fiddlers' Hall of Fame - East Tennessee Blues
Right or Wrong (G) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - The Essential Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys - Right or Wrong
The Kind of Love I Can’t Forget (G) Bob Wills & Tommy Duncan - Together Again - The Kind of Love I Can't Forget
Yellow Roses (D) Hank Snow, The Singing Ranger, And His Rainbow Ranch Boys - The Essential Hank Snow - Yellow Roses
Little Red Wagon (F) Tennessee Ernie Ford - 6000 Sunset Boulevard - His Legendary 1953 Hollywood Radio Shows (feat. The Billy Liebert Band) - Little Red Wagon

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,


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