We started off today with a review of our melody and double-stop versions of Blue Ridge Cabin Home. It was then time to work on 3 of 4 different ways of playing fiddle accompaniment.
1) The Chunk: This is a short and articulate down bow on beats 2 & 4 in which the chord (a double-stop on lowest two strings) is heard.
2) The Shuffle: This is a generally constant 8th note ‘sawing’ motion of the bow. Rocking between strings is welcome. We tried emphasizing beats 2 & 4 as well as repeating this pattern of accented 8th notes: 3,3,3,3,4.
3) The Chop: This is the highly percussive punchy transient backup. Beats 1 & 3 are bass note double-stops while beats 2 & 4 are the crunchy “chop.” 8th note subdivisions are welcome. We created walking bass note double-stop lines for the chords on Blue Ridge Cabin Home and worked out 4/4 and half-time versions.
This was a workshop given with banjoist Tony Trischka and fellow fiddler Brian Wicklund. We discussed and demonstrated how to listen to your fellow jammers and play off each other. Here are the tunes we played:
ONE ON ONES
I worked on these items with various students in 20min individual sessions.
• Angelina Baker (D) and various likely bowings;
• Straight full bows with an exercise to pinpoint the 7 different planes of bowing existence;
• More intricate chop patterns and study.
• Loosening the right bow wrist and finger joints to increase dexterity and bow speed.
CASEY’S CAMP JAM
Here’s a view from one of my walk/jogs up on the mountain.