Beginning French-Canadian and Celtic Fiddle

With Linda Breitag

Tuition $315

Materials fee: none

Any musician can learn a string of notes and call it a tune, but it’s knowing the nuances – the “feel” – of a regional style that makes it both a challenge and so much fun. If you’re a new or continuing fiddler wanting to dive into the Celtic music pool, starting with the fiery tunes of French Canada, pull up a chair and get out that rosin. Linda will teach accessible tunes featuring unique elements of a style and bring in the cultural context that creates and holds a fiddle tradition. Learn ornamentation and bowing patterns, Québécois foot-tapping, tips on playing for dancers and how to get your best bow sound, and leave with a pile of tunes from the Celtic world. Class is taught by ear; recording encouraged.This workshop requires students to have a repertoire of at least 5 tunes, be able to play basic scales, be able to reproduce notes they hear on the fiddle relatively quickly, and have a decent understanding of bowing and holding the instrument.

Click for WORKSHOP SCHEDULE Your registration includes:•  Five catered meals featuring organic and locally sourced ingredients. Four meals are provided by Red Barn Catering, and Saturday’s evening meal is a Farm-to-Table dinner presented by Circle M Farm.• Staff concert Friday night• Saturday Barn Dance with Chuck Hornemann’s String Band

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BIO: Linda Breitag is a fiddler and songwriter with an M.A. in ethnomusicology. She has been named a Master Fiddler by the Minnesota State Arts Board, and has taught workshops and lessons for twenty years. Linda spent several years researching the traditional music of Quebec, and played in two touring bands and many kitchens there. She lives in Minneapolis where she teaches fiddle and songwriting, leads jams, writes tunes, and plays with all sorts of folks for all kinds of events. Her family band is Precious Sparkle Kitty.BACK to Sustainability Weekend