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2023 April Fiddle Hell Festival!
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Decided I better start a new thread for the April 2023 Fiddle Hell - I'M SIGNED UP & will be sharing some of what's happening! 

This one is special, because in this early sneak peek at some of the instructors - I see Bronwyn Bird!

Fiddle: Andy Reiner, Autumn Rose Lester, Barbara McOwen, Betsy Branch, Bruce Molsky, Caitlin Warbelow, Calvin Vollrath, Cathy Mason, Darol Anger, Dave Reiner, Duane Padilla, Eve Panning, George Penk, Jay Ungar, Jeanne Freeman, Jennifer Wrigley, Judy Hyman, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Justin Branum, Katie McNally, Kevin Burke, Lissa Schneckenburger, Matt Bell, Matt Cranitch, Mitch Reed, Pascal Gemme, Patti Kusturok, Peter Macfarlane, Rachel Eddy, Rob Flax, Rodney Miller, Sara Pajunen, Tom Morley, Tracy Silverman, Troy MacGillivray
Mandolin: Emory Lester, Maddy Witler, Marla Fibish, Shana Aisenberg, Robert Jones
Guitar: Grant Gordy, Jeff Claus, Justin Nawn, Marcy Marxer, Molly Mason, Rev. Robert Jones, Robert McOwen, Sarah Stewart
Banjo: Cathy Fink, Ron Stewart, Brad Kolodner, Ron Stewart
Cello: Joy Adams
Piano: Andrea Beaton, Eric Eid-Reiner, Laurence Wilson, Neil Pearlman, Sue Songer
Bass: Emily Hammond
Nyckelharpa: Bronwyn Bird
Luthier: Jess Fox

 

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FIDDLE HELL ONLINE 

2023 April 13th-16th 

🔥 🔥 🔥 

Registration NOW OPEN! 

 

https://fiddlehell.org/

 

160 Workshops, 30 Concerts, 30 Jams 
Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Singing & More! 
4 Months Additional Replay Access 

 

Early Registration Discount & Additional Discounts For Seniors, Young Adults, Kids, and American String Teachers Assoc members 
Whova is browser-based,
FIDDLE HELL events can be watched/participated in
from Laptop or by Phone!
Whova viewing quality greatly improved last April -

Excellent Experience! 

 

- Emily 

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I don't know about anyone else, but I'm curious to learn a little more about the Nyckelharpa!  I have enjoyed learning some Swedish tunes from Emelie Waldken - sometimes she shares tunes on the fiddle, sometimes the nyckelharpa.

Here's a video Bronwyn Bird did a couple years ago to introduce the instrument. 

She plays MUCH more than Swedish music on the Nyckelharpa! 

 

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/4f/c4/bd/4fc4bd501ed82b29cd792a204494a4c4--alphabet-letters.jpgI'll have to think about some questions to ask Bronwyn, before April! 

I think anyone who plays a string instrument would find this Festival worth attending if you have a Smart Phone, tablet or PC & decent internet service. 

If you are shy or just don't want to be seen on camera, no problem - you can still participate!  Depending on the topic, I sometimes just want to watch & noodle around in private, but ask questions in the chat box. 

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First draft of the Fiddle Hell Event Schedule is

ready to view! 

This Festival is ONLINE April 13th - 16th!  

EVERYONE who has enough internet speed to use ZOOM will enjoy this Festival!  

Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Singing, Music Theory, Composing, etc... 160 Workshops, Jams & Concerts!  

Great to see more for EV this time, starting with a Rob Flax Workshop on using effects & pedals for electric string instruments!  Joy Adams has one for dealing with issues when amplifying Cello!  MUCH MORE! 

 Oooo... a couple Finnish Tune WS's are new for Nordic & there's ALL the other genres we talk about here, too! 

(except Classical) 

Ah, I see syncopated bowing & Andy's going to help us find our 'Inner Cat'! 

...hilarious, there's a decompression hangout at the end of the Festival - GREAT IDEA!  I'm always wound up after such a marathon of fun! 

 

🔥 🎻 🔥 🎻 🔥 🎻 🔥 

 

Fiddle Hell Schedule (Draft)

 

EXCITING TO HAVE SOME NEW INSTRUCTORS! 

Sign up early, check out the discounts & read about the Workshops, Jams and Concerts! 

 

* several of us forum members have attended previous Fiddle Hell Online Festivals!

- this really is a great way to not only get better at what you play, but also a chance to try new things and be able to ask professionals questions! 

It's a wonderful, relaxed atmosphere (as relaxed as excitement allows) - you don't even need to be seen to be able to participate!  

AND, 4 months to replay/go over what you learned!

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I've seen people join in & participate from other Countries, just mind the time zone differences!

Sometimes I think I won't be interested in a workshop - but I'm always surprised by how much I learn that also relates to other areas of fiddling, new perspectives, with helpful tips on playing.  Being able to ask spur-of-the-moment questions & have them answered, while everything is fresh in your mind, is invaluable! 

 

EVERYONE HERE ON THE FORUM can benefit from watching at least one of these

FREE video workshops available in the link to view before the Festival!

Fiddle Hell Schedule (Draft)

 

Watch these RIGHT NOW for FREE!

  from the generosity of Dave, Andy, Joy and Jess: 

 

How to Learn Tunes by Ear with Dave 

Making Sense of Chords 

Basic Bowing Shuffles for Fiddlers 

Playing The 5-string Fiddle 

Learn to Play, Sing, & Dance "Cellosaurus Stomp" 

Moving From Fiddle To Cello - Embracing Your Inner Bear 

Taming Performance Anxiety 

Luthier's Corner: ALL Things Strings 

 

THEN 

Look at what the rest of the Fiddle Hell Festival Schedule offers for April! 

...sign up for some FUN learning!

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This looks so amazing. I've been wanting to attend something like this but always get so nervous around other musicians. I feel like such an imposter. This being online takes a lot of that pressure off, especially not having to travel and stay in a hotel. Looks like such an awesome way to learn and get more involved. Thank you for sharing!

"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression."

Algernon Moncrieff (Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest")

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@AndieKae -

You can see how laid back the workshops are by checking out the free ones in my previous post link. 

 

The Fiddle Hell YouTube site has some short intros to last year's April 2022 Fiddle Hell workshops - as it gets closer to the 2023 Festival, more videos will pop up. 

Mics are kept turned off during workshops (except for when the instructor wishes to un-mic everyone), but I really appreciate I can keep my participation private whenever I wish (so no one can see me), but still chat/ask questions... great for if hair's a mess, I'm eating, talking to someone in the house, or playing with the kids/cats while I'm watching & taking notes! 

Another reason these online workshops are so great, some instructors pack in a little more info because they know you can go back over & review it - plus, there's great handouts you can printout or download! 

...and you'd NEVER be able to attend this many workshops (literally ALL of them) if you were attending a LIVE event. 

- Emily

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I gotta keep up on this. So ready for retirement. I barely spend 20 minutes a week on the computer and most of that is banking. 

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@Ripton -

Too bad you can't take a few days vacation for this fiddle marathon, maybe you can watch the recordings later - they're good to watch until mid-August. 

The only thing about this - you can't access any of the chat box info from during a workshop & you can't ask questions. 

Hope you are at least finding a few minutes to play your viola - miss you here! 

- Emily

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FIDDLE HELL ONLINE 

 

2023 April 13th-16th 

 

🔥 🔥 🔥 

 

Registration OPEN! 

 

https://fiddlehell.org/

 

Fiddle Hell Schedule (Draft)

 

170 Workshops, 30 Concerts, 30 Jams 

 

Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Singing & More! 

 

4 Months Additional Replay Access 

 

Early Registration Discount & Additional Discounts For Seniors, Young Adults, Kids, and American String Teachers Assoc members 

 

Whova is browser-based,

 

FIDDLE HELL events can be watched/participated in

 

from Laptop or by Phone!

 

Whova viewing quality greatly improved last April -

 

Excellent Experience!

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thanks @elcbk !   

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@ELCBK

Thanks Emily, working on things. Really wish I had the time to work with an instructor that can do more than teach kids Suzuki. Nothing against Suzuki, but it's really awkward being a 60 yo guy with a bunch of school-aged kids. .. Sometimes I wonder if I really haven't settled on a specific genre, but I love so many differnt styles. Would that help? 

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@Ripton -

There are great YT tutorials, but there are also fabulous (and famous) fiddlers taking that instruction further online through a Patreon subscription - they can be MUCH more flexible in their lesson structure & may be perfect for you!

MANY, if not known for playing Viola, play 5-string Violin & other string instruments - and will still be able to help you. 

What's great about Fiddle Hell - most of the instructors are willing to help you beyond the festival, so you might be able to get more 'custom' help - best suited for your busy schedule.

See if there isn't someone, you REALLY admire, enjoy listening to their playing AND enjoy their video tutorials.  Then, if they don't already promote it, contact them to see if they have any online group lessons and offer occasional 'one on one' help.  The advantage of recorded group lessons means you can still review if you have to miss one. 

It's great to play different genres of music!  Just because you pick one to start doesn't mean you can't learn others - you don't have to stay with the same teacher, or genre!  ...may be unrealistic to think we'll find the 'perfect', or best, teacher for ourselves as adult learners - nothing wrong with moving on to try a different teacher's approach & perspective.

Listening to music in the genres you like (as much as possible) is VERY important.  It gets you to become familiar/to expect & prepare for feeling characteristics typical of a genre; note patterns/phrasing, rhythms, dynamics & ornaments - even before you start learning. 

What genre would you like to start with? 

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This 4 Day Festival starts TODAY!   

NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP! 

...you can still sign up DURING FIDDLE HELL!   

4 Months Additional Replay Access

This Festival is NOT JUST FOR Folks in the USA! 

...just watch the time zone! 

160 Workshops - Fabulous Instructors

30 Concerts & 30 Jam Sessions! 

 

HOW TO INFO

Q&A for FH

SCHEDULE

 

FIDDLE HELL ONLINE 

 

2023 April 13th-16th 

 

🔥 🔥 🔥 

 

https://fiddlehell.org/

 

If you have any questions, just ask -
they are VERY friendly people that LOVE to help others! 
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Just wanted to mention that REPLAYS FOR ALL are still available to watch for several months!  

Sheet music downloads are usually provided for workshops & jams.

Check out the Schedule!

 

Info & SIGN UP for REPLAYS!

 

They had some GREAT NEW INSTRUCTORS this festival and there were MANY MORE CELLO related workshops! 

 

SO MUCH MORE THAN LEARNING NEW MUSIC!

I haven't had a chance to list my thoughts on the wonderful workshops, concerts & jams I attended at this April's Fiddle Hell Online Festival, yet - will get to it soon. 

 

You don't have the benefit of asking questions or individualized help, but well worth using the REPLAYS to learn from! 

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LAST CHANCE! 

To take advantage of Fiddle Hell! 

 

Did you miss Fiddle Hell Online, live on April 13-16? IT'S NOT TOO LATE - you can sign up through May 16 at a reduced rate at https://fiddlehell.org/register to view REPLAYS of 32 concerts, 30 jams, and 175 workshops through August 17th (4 months after live event ended).

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Thanks, slipped my mind. Will check it out. Thanks

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