Old-time Fiddle for the Beginners


Students will be exposed to some of the traditional fiddle styles in Appalachian fiddling and have a good time learning new tunes.


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OLD-TIME APPALACHIAN FIDDLE: LEVEL 1

 Tue., Sep 13-Oct. 18, 7-8 pm / $139 / Six Classes

Instructor: Susan Gilligan

In-person at VPC Campus

Students will be exposed to some of the traditional fiddle styles in Appalachian fiddling and learn at least three new tunes. Some basic fiddling techniques will also be introduced. This course requires at least a rudimentary familiarity with the fiddle. Students should already be able to play at least one tune (e.g. Mary Had A Little Lamb).

Bring your fiddle and bow to class. The instructor can advise you on where you can rent or repair a fiddle. Please us know if you need this information by emailing: ce@uc.edu


Young musician playing the violin

OLD-TIME APPALACHIAN FIDDLE: LEVEL 2

Tue., Sep 13-Oct. 18, 8-9 pm / $139 / Six Classes

Instructor: Susan Gilligan

In-person at VPC Campus

In this class, students will continue working on their mastery of the instrument and learn more new tunes. To be ready for this next level, you should be able to play 4 or 5 easy tunes, such as Angeline the Baker or Old Joe Clark.

Bring your fiddle and bow to class. The instructor can advise you on where you can rent or repair a fiddle. Please us know if you need this information by emailing: ce@uc.edu


man playing fiddle

HOW TO PLAY-BY-EAR FOR VIOLINISTS

Tue., Sep. 13-Oct. 18, 6:30-7 pm / $69 / Six Classes

Instructor: Susan Gilligan

In-person at VPC Campus

If you would like to learn how to play traditional fiddle, this course is a great primer. Old Time Appalachian fiddle is traditionally learned and played by ear. In traditional music, the notes on the page are often approximations. In this class, you will learn to “hear” the tunes. We will start with simple melodies that you already know and progress to some simple traditional tunes without using sheet music. Upon completion of the course you should be able to successfully join the Beginning Old Time Appalachian Fiddle class.

Bring your fiddle and bow to class. The instructor can advise you on where you can rent or repair a fiddle. Please us know if you need this information by emailing: ce@uc.edu


About Your Instructor

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Susan Gilligan

Fiddle Instructor

Susan Gilligan has been a musician all of her life performing in community orchestras. She has been teaching fiddling for over forty years. In addition to fiddle and violin, Susan had taught languages and biology as a TA at Univ. of Kentucky.

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