Fiddle Workshop with Alex Hargreaves: Learning to Play in an Ensemble Setting
June 22, 2010
In this two-part workshop, fiddler Alex Hargreaves will use his extensive experience and knowledge to teach students about improvisation with the fiddle, and then students will have an opportunity to join up with Grant Gordy’s guitar workshop to learn about how different instruments and rhythms fit together in a band. Alex Hargreaves will lead us in a fiddle workshop that emphasizes the improvisational aspects of the fiddle. He will cover basic improv skills that can be used in multiple genres including, but not limited to, jazz, bluegrass, and Texas style. Depending on the student's interests, Alex may also address various bowing styles as well as repertoire. During the second part of the workshop, Alex will be joined by guitarist Grant Gordy, and they will discuss playing with other musicians, discussing the compositional process in this style of music; and the improvisational element – listening to each other, playing off of each other’s ideas, working together as a group. By the end of the workshop, you will have a solid understanding of what goes into playing successfully as a group, from a purely musical perspective. Alex Hargreaves of Corvallis, Oregon, excels in a wide variety of styles including jazz, bluegrass, new acoustic, Texas style, western swing and classical. Mentored by some of the greats in progressive acoustic music, he has already toured with Mike Marshall, David Grisman, Jerry Douglas and Bruce Molsky, and shared the stage with many others including Mark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Tim O'Brien, Sam Bush and Darol Anger. Recently released on Adventure Music, his debut album Prelude features Bela Fleck, Mike Marshall, Noam Pikelny, Grant Gordy and Paul Kowert. http://www.alexhargreaves.net/ Classes are held at the Passim School of Music, 26 Church Street, Harvard Square. For more information, please contact Sarah at 617-491-2382 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, go to www.passimcenter.org.