Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Camp (Montgomery Bell State Park, Dickson TN) has just kicked off. It’s the first of four camps I have left to teach this year. Back in 1995, I attended as a student and made some friends for life. Now as an instructor, I see little versions of myself and my fiddle friends in our teens running around like mad jammers, our bows carelessly waving and eye-threateningly through the air. I can assure you that the future of fiddling is in good hands.
Each day, I’ll be hosting a one-hour jam in the pavillion. Any and all (students) are welcome. I’ll post the tunes played for the day, including the keys and links to hear/purchase the tunes. Additionally, I thought I’d recap the days teachings for my students and for any others interested.
Casey’s Camp Jam Hour
Teaching: Practicing Technique
• Warm-up arm, shoulder, upper back stretches;
• Discussion of twofold practice: half technique, half musical;
• Double stop intonation / finger stretching / long bow warm-up (w/ drone & metronome);
• Three octave scale runs with increasing subdivision while tempo and bow speed remain the same (w/ drone & metronome);
• Above scale runs with separate bows (w/ drone & metronome);
• Scales in various permutations of 3rds, 4ths, tetrachords (w/ drone & metronome);
Stay “tuned” in for the rest of the week,