Back from fiddle camp, took the grands, we all had a blast.
Met some old fiddle greats....it was back to back lessons from 5-7 teachers rotating in our adults class. Played around 20 songs through the week, heard some wonderful old funny stories, learnt all kinds of bowing, harmonizing, etc...and a bunch of impromptu mini concerts in class. This was one of them, Gardenia Waltz with Marty and Randy Elmore....
There were concerts and jams every night, ending with a collective one with all the students playing several songs along with their class....
Our class on stage...was a nervous wreck, my hubby shoved me up there....I'm sure I messed up...they put us on first and worked up to the advanced teenagers....so hopefully everyone forgot about us by the end of the evening!
...overall a great experience. Can't wait for next year!
Elmore Fiddle Camp in Glenrose, TX - mon through fri
Been to a couple small 1-2 day camps as we live in Texas and there seems to be a ton locally - but never really experienced one like this - fun but intensive learning. Split classes - kids, teens and adults. Easy, inter and advanced.
Randy and Marty Elmore, Valerie Ryals, Wes Westmoreland and a few others are all childhood friends, they started the camp about 20 years ago, I guess have a little name for themselves in the area....I had never heard of any of them. About 100 in attendance, with 25+ teachers for guitar and fiddle. Classes had around 8-10 peeps in each....7 hours day learning, 2 hour concert every night featuring several instructors, and a couple of the classes and then limitless jamming.
I am going to try and apply it to the classical side of things now I'm back, as I can never quite get to speed, it was an amazing learning curve...
These sound like loads of fun. I think I'm gonna shoot for one later this year thats more local. I've done 1 geared for guitar and mandolin but not anything fiddle related yet.
Ahh yes speed..a most elusive creature! I feel like ive been stuck in 1st gear the whole time Ive had a fiddle. I feel your pain.