Beginning Fiddle with Kimberley Fraser
September 12 - October 17, 2011
This six-week course will encompass your basic "fiddle from scratch" class and is geared towards people with minimal or no previous experience. Students will learn how to tune and hold the fiddle, along with some basic scales. The goal will be to learn and memorize some basic and popular session tunes. There will also be focus on ear training development. By the end of the course, participants will be able to understand a little more about the instrument, and attend jam sessions without fear! Must have a tape recorder and blank tape (or the mini disc equivalent) at each lesson, and a fiddle. Please make sure fiddles are in good working order (having all four strings, relatively in tune, etc) for the first class. This class is for complete beginners to the violin; if you have violin experience, we encourage you to take Intermediate Fiddle.
Kimberley Fraser was born on Cape Breton Island, and nurtured within its rich musical heritage. She has shared the stage with the finest acts in Celtic music, such as Alasdair Fraser, Martin Hayes and Lunasa. Kimberley holds a degree in Violin performance from Berklee College of Music and in Celtic Studies from St Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Her reputation as a teacher has brought her to conduct workshops at many camps and festivals, including Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Fiddle Camp, the Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, North Carolina, and The American Festival of Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington to name a few.