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Introduction


I'm an enthusiastic and experienced workshop leader.

"Workshops for Fiddlers" are potentially fruitful for any instrumentalist. My aims are to help develop repertoire (mostly jigs, reels, and waltzes and melodies for schottische and hambo), rhythmic fluency and power, explore chords and harmony, and generally have a fuller and happier relationship with music. 

The ability to play an instrument with some degree of competence is recommended, although listeners and rank beginners have taken part and felt both edified and entertained.  

Generally, my ideal is an intense, deep-immersion workshop addressing the needs and goals of diverse participants. I ask everyone to plan on working in an accommodating, inclusive teaching/learning situation with others of diverse backgrounds, skill levels, and learning styles and speeds.


I try to not pressure anyone to play alone in front of others but I often encourage it. The process of scrutinizing others' playing, regardless of skill level, is potentially instructive for everyone. Too, it's inevitable that I, myself, will only pick up on some what could be discussed. So I always hope that at least one or two participants will volunteer for the group. Even the greenest beginner's playing and learning process seldom fail to teach me something about my own playing or about teaching itself.

Fundamentals such as holding the violin and bow, positioning and moving fingers, and improving intonation come up early and often during workshops. Early on, I usually present a useful scale-and-arpeggio exercise which comes from the teaching of one of my Swedish colleagues.

Here's a sketch of a full-day workshop:

10:00 AM -- Coffee/Tea hour.

This is a time for getting acquainted and discussing backgrounds, interests, and goals. 

11:00 AM -- Repertoire development.  

I usually teach three tunes (one reel, one jig, one waltz) by ear with sheet music provided afterwards. If time allows at the end, I encourage participants to present their own favorite tunes for listening/recording.
 
1:30 PM -- Lunch/Coffee Break. 

2:30 PM -- Basic Harmony 

We create elementary chordal and contrapuntal accompaniment to some straightforward common-repertoire tunes and/or the tunes taught during the morning segment.  

4:00 PM -- Rhythm 

Using taught tunes and/or common repertoire, we go beyond merely keeping the beat in search of catchy, expressive, listenable and danceable rhythm.

5:00 - 5:30 -- (If feasible) Supper

Evening: (If feasible) Dancing and sitting in at a dance, possibly one where I'm calling and/or playing.

To find about a workshop which has been scheduled or to help me set one up, email me at davidkaynor@mac.com or write or call me at PO Box 30 Montague, MA 01351, 413 - 367 - 9380.

Transcriptions of some tunes I often teach (and many others) can be found in my public folder.

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