Bluegrass Skill Builder Workshops

Here's where you register to join us in the best bluegrass fiddle workshops on the whole internet. You can also purchase previous workshops - just order whatever month you want and I'll send you the links to download and watch and play along and truly improve your bluegrass, old time, western swing,
and country fiddle skills. Check out the video just below to see how much fun we're having!

Bluegrass Skill Builder Workshops (on Zoom)

For the next few months I'll be hosting blocks of three weekly 45-60 minute workshops on one topic. We will we building on that topic throughout the three weeks. During class, you will be muted so you don't have to worry that anyone is going to hear you but you will be able to hear and see me and you can play directly along with me so you know you're getting it right. After the class is over, I'll send out the recording link for the class so you can have it forever to practice with, as well as other supplemental videos and helpful learning tools. When you pay for the workshop, PayPal will send me a notification and I'll email you back to confirm. When we get close to the time of the class you'll get a meeting invite sent to your email. Do not worry if you can't make it to the live class. All sessions will be recorded and if you pay for the class you'll get a recording link and all the follow up materials. Cost is $100 for the three workshop series and includes all supplemental videos and handouts. All sessions will be recorded so you can learn and play along on your own schedule if you can't make it to the live classes.

Each class will include the following elements: 
1) Warmups
2) Exercises
3) Licks, fills, solos - how and where to play them
4) Ear training to help you learn melodies on the fly
5) Information about the structure of bluegrass tunes and songs
6) Bluegrass critical listening skills
7) Lots and lots of important information about bluegrass/folk jams and how to participate in them successfully

Make sure you're tuned up and rosined up when class begins. This class will be all about playing - no time like the present to really nail down your bluegrass jam skills - this way you'll be ready to roll as we all head out to festivals and jams!

Next Workshops - July 12, 19th, 26th 2022
Topic:What the Fiddle Does in a Bluegrass Jam - Soup to Nuts (featuring Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone)

Pay Here to Register

Previous Months of Bluegrass Skill Builder Workshops (INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED)

We've had so much fun with these weekly workshops, I decided everyone needed to have access to all of the previous classes. Each package from August 2020 through April 2021 includes four hour-long classes filled with intermediate/advanced bluegrass fiddle skills. Starting in May 2021, I changed the format of the workshops to one long class monthly instead of four shorter weekly classes so the cost is reduced but it's still a huge amount of content that will keep you busy for at least a month! When you purchase a month of classes, I will send you the links for the video recordings as well as any other follow up resources. You can watch them online indefinitely or download them to your computer. Below each month, you'll see a list of some of the things we covered in those classes. But they're so much more. Click on the video above to get an idea of what a good time we're having doing all this incredible learning.

August 2020 Int/Adv Workshops

kickoff and ending licks
bowing and intonation exercises
slides on all fingers
chopping
right arm and wrist form exercises
parallel fifths
double stops
Old Home Place

$70 for 4 hour-long workshop recordings

September 2020 Int/Adv Workshops

Fireball Mail
bowing and intonation exercises
2 string exercises
cool fills
double shuffle
droning strings 
Old Home Place
chopping and singing

$70 for 4 hour-long workshop recordings

December 2020 Int/Adv Workshops - Only 2 classes in December so just $35!

Christmas Time's a Comin'
Footprints in the Snow - review
Back Up and Push - review
fingering exercises
double stop skills
posture and form
slides/drones
Auld Lang Syne

$35 for two hour-long workshop recordings

January 2021 Int/Adv Workshops

first finger solos
pentatonic scale licks and solos
Blue Violet Waltz
tone exercises
position shifting exercises
Who's That Knockin at My Door
double stop pentatonic patterns
pedal steel style double stops
double stop arpeggios
position shifting exercises
common filllick review

$70 for 4 hour-long workshop recordings

October 2020 Int/Adv Workshops

Rocky Road Blues
double shuffle
pentatonic scales
more cool licks and fills
fingering exercises
2nd and 3rd position
old country style breaks
double stops
arpeggios

$70 for 4 hour-long workshop recordings

November 2020 Int/Adv Workshops

Back Up and Push
Rocky Road Blues finish and review
Footprints in the Snow
double shuffle
droning strings licks
bow techniques for speed
pentatonic scale licks
ending tag licks
key of E double stops and licks

$70 for 4 hour-long workshop recordings

February 2021 Int/Adv Workshops

We Can't Be Darlins Anymore - Bobby Hicks Kickoff
ending licks
bow pressure exercises
intro to syncopation
vibrato exercises
intro to double 1st finger anchors
chromatic licks
1 4 5 double stop chord patterns
slides
droning strings

$70 for 4 hour-long workshop recordings

March 2021 Int/Adv Workshops

Cattle in the Cane
exercises for speed
1 to flat 7 chord ideas
vibrato
intro to tune structure
shuffle patterns for backup
chromatics
fiddle and bow care
triplets
potatoes and ending tags

$70 for 4 hour-long workshop recordings

April 2021 Int/Adv Workshops

Key of B
Rebecca
I'll Never Shed Another Tear
ending tags in B
kickoff licks in B
B double stops
B fills and licks
Lonesome Moonlight Waltz
vibrato
chromatics

$70 for 4 hour-long workshop recordings

May 2021 Int/Adv Workshop

Lonesome Fiddle Blues
Molly and Tenbrooks
Bb double stops
Bb fills and licks
Dm scales and arpeggios
exercises and warmups

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop plus supplementary videos

June 2021 Int/Adv Workshop

East Tennessee Blues
hot licks and fills in B and G
key of C scales
key of C double stops
Gotta Travel On
exercises and warmups

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop plus supplementary videos

July 2021 Int/Adv Workshop

Little Rock Getaway
hot licks and fills in A
key of A scales
key of A double stops
East Virginia Blues
exercises and warmups
3rd position double stop slides

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop plus supplementary videos

August 2021 Int/Adv Workshop

Old Dangerfield
Little Bit of Swing
4th finger slides
string changing exercises
key of E licks
fingering exercises

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop plus supplementary videos

September 2021 Int/Adv Workshop

Tommy Jackson style fiddling
Crazy Arms kickoff and backup
1511 and 4511 turnarounds
3rd position slides
San Antonio Rose
key of F double stop ladder

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop plus supplementary videos

October 2021 Int/Adv Workshop

Crafton's Blues
F scales
F triplets
syncopation
4 key Texas style techniques
bow tension and accuracy

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop plus supplementary videos

November 2021 Int/Adv Workshop

Dark Hollow solo - key of Bb
Dark Hollow fills
Dark Hollow chops
harmonics
chromatic scales
2nd finger and octaveaccuracy drills

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop plus supplementary videos

December 2021 Int/Adv Workshop

Intro to Cross Tuning
Intro to old time tune structure
Breaking Up Christmas
bow form exercises
droning string exercises
How to Create a Personalized Practice Plan

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop plus supplementary videos and handouts

January 2022 Int/Adv Workshop

The Old Home Town
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
transposing breaks into many keys
singing and how it helps fiddling
using the same fills in different keys
interval training

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop plus supplementary videos and handouts

February 2022 Int/Adv Workshops

Backup of all kinds
Chops
Fills
Long Bows
Shuffle Patterns
when to use which backup
tab for backup double stops in all keys

$100 for 3 hour-long workshops plus supplementary videos and handouts

March 2022 Int/Adv Workshops

Everything the fiddle needs to do in a jam
featuringWild Bill Jones
kickoff (melody solo)
fills
chops
key of B exercises
improv style solo
tab for all elements

$100 for 3 hour-long workshops plus supplementary videos and handouts

July 2022 Int/Adv Workshops

Everything the fiddle needs to do in a jam
Featuring Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone
kickoff (melody solo)
fills chops
double stop patterns
key of A exercises
improve style solo

$100 for 3 hour-long workshops plus supplementary videos and handouts

 
 

Previous Months of BEGINNER Bluegrass Skill Builder Workshops

We've had so much fun with these weekly workshops, I decided everyone needed to have access to all of the previous classes. Each package from November 2020 through April 2021 includes four hour-long classes filled with traditional fiddle skills, starting from the very basic foundational things every new fiddler needs to know. Starting in May 2021, I changed the format of the workshops to one long class monthly instead of four shorter weekly classes so the cost is reduced but it's still a huge amount of content that will keep you busy for at least a month! When you purchase a month of classes, I will send you the links for the video recordings. You can watch them online indefinitely or download them to your computer. Below each month, you'll see a list of some of the things we covered in those classes. But they're so much more. Click on the video above to get an idea of what a good time we're having doing all this incredible learning.

November 2020 Beginner Workshops - Only 2 classes so just $35!

exercises for tone
fingering exercises
basic bowing patterns
string pivots
Old Joe Clark
how to use Strum Machine
how to tune by ear
intro to playing on 2 strings

$35 for two hour-long workshop recordings

December 2020 Beginner Workshops

Christmas Time's a Comin'
basic pickup notes for solos
slides
bowing exercises
fingering exercises
triplets
slurs
ear training
right hand wrist exercises
Caring for your instrument

$70 for 4 hour-long workshop recordings

January 2021 BeginnerWorkshops

Long Journey Home
Cripple Creek
New River Train
bowing exercises
intonation exercises
ear training
intro to potatoes
Old Joe Clark
caring for your fiddle and bow
arpeggios

$70 for 4 hour-long workshop recordings

February 2021 Beginner Workshops

Cripple Creek
On My Way Back to the Old Home
pentatonic scales
string pivots
stretching and hand care
droning strings
wrist exercises
clean tone exercises
slides

$70 for 4 hour-long workshop recordings

March 2021 Beginner Workshops

I'll Fly Away
how to play with Strum Machine
exercises for speed
shuffle patterns
bowing skills
tuning
bow management exercises
low 2nd fingers
pickup notes
key of G scales and arpeggios

$70 for 4 hour-long workshop recordings

April 2021 Beginner Workshops

Rocky Road Blues
Kentucky Waltz
key of A scales and arpeggios
key of D scales and arpeggios
shuffle patterns
fingering exercises
wrist exercises
pentatonic scales
waltz steps
short and long bow exercises

$70 for 4 hour-long workshop recordings

May 2021 Beginner Workshop

Amazing Grace
Soldier's Joy
warmups
exercises
pickup notes
bowing techniques

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop and supplementary videos

June 2021 Beginner Workshop

East Tennessee Blues
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
warmups
exercises
key of C scales
intro to 2nd and 3rd position
bowing techniques

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop and supplementary videos

July 2021 Beginner Workshop

Tennessee Waltz
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
warmups
exercises
key of G scales and arpeggios
intro to vibrato
bowing techniques

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop and supplementary videos

August 2021 Beginner Workshop

Faded Love
droning strings exercises
intro to vibrato
how to play with Strum Machine
filler licks
bowing exercises
long and short bow practice

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop and supplementary videos

September 2021 Beginner Workshop

Little Liza Jane
shuffle patterns
key of D pentatonic and arpeggios
droning strings
scales with droning
how to add shuffle patterns to tunes

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop and supplementary videos and tablature

October 2021 Beginner Workshop

Ashokan Farewell
bow tension tips
vibrato skills
2 and 3 note slurs
D scales with droning
adding vibrato to tunes

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop and supplementary videos and tablature

November 2021 Beginner Workshop

Coleman's March
turns
triplets
grace notes
chromatic scales
bow hand exercises

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop and supplementary videos and tablature

December 2021 Beginner Workshop

Greensleeves
bowing form exercises
low 1st fingers
high 3rd fingers
stretching for fingering
How to Create a Personalized Practice Plan

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop and supplementary videos and tablature

January 2022 Beginner Workshop

Rocky Top
The Blackest Crow
bowing exercises
key of A exercises
key of G exercises
warmups

$50 for 1 (almost) two hour workshop and supplementary videos and tablature

 
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