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Report on the Ken Kolodner Workshop yesterday

Posted by bj on Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fiddle Hangout was very well represented at the workshop yesterday! Fiddlecat, InThePines, mimmy, josephcosmos, and ehunter were there, as well as yours truly. We also had a couple other folks I recognized from Kutztown and Lake Genaro.

Ken's workshop was fun! The two tunes we worked on were Mike in the Wilderness, a three parter with some pizzicato and varied bowing, and Home With The Girls, a d modal tune that is wonderful, as well as designed to drive the guitarists nuts.

We covered Nashville Shuffle, Georgia Shuffle (though he never called it that) with upbow accents (in other words, the CORRECT way!) and a bunch of little techniques, such as ghostbowing and how to more easily handle transitions and string crossings. The bowing patterns were mixed up from one section to another, what I've referred to as modular bowing in the past.

We played for three hours straight, then jammed for a half hour afterward. Michelle, the Wildflower's owner, is a goodnatured hostess, who kept us supplied with munchies like brownies to die for, chai lattes, and other delectables.

It was a great afternoon! I look forward to playing with Ken more in future.

8 comments on “Report on the Ken Kolodner Workshop yesterday”

ehunter Says:
Sunday, April 19, 2009 @4:57:34 PM

This was an excellent workshop! Enough to keep me busy for a long time but not overwhelming. I'll be looking for more of Ken's workshops in the future.
And, the Wildflower Cafe does have a good vegan chili with chips and great raspberry swirl brownies.

Thanks, bj, for bringing that to PA.

OTJunky Says:
Sunday, April 19, 2009 @6:20:23 PM

I thought "accents" were all supposed to be on a downbow... ;-)


bj Says:
Sunday, April 19, 2009 @6:29:35 PM

Only if you listen to Michael . . .

FiddleCat Says:
Monday, April 20, 2009 @1:37:26 PM

I agree it was an excellent workshop with an excellent teacher. He explained everything very well so it was easy to understand and did not rush through anything. He also took time with each of us to see if there was anything we weren't quite understanding. I would go to another one of his workshops if he came to the area again with no hesitation. The only thing missing was a campfire. :O)

bj Says:
Monday, April 20, 2009 @1:49:43 PM

I have already hinted to Ken that he'd be welcome to run a workshop at our campout we're hoping to schedule! So once we have a firm date we just let him know. You might want to peek and see what's open on his calendar . . .

FiddleCat Says:
Monday, April 20, 2009 @5:32:28 PM

Will do....I'm on it. That would be great!!

wormbower Says:
Sunday, April 26, 2009 @3:28:55 PM

Sounds fun! Congratulations on a successful workshop!

bj Says:
Sunday, April 26, 2009 @3:50:38 PM

Thanks, Paul! We hope to have more next winter. One thing we ran into here was a busy schedule. Molsky and Unger taught workshops the very next day only a couple hours away. Some went to both, but I'm suspecting that might have pulled a few away who had limited discretionary time. But nobody can think of everything, and theirs was scheduled after ours was.

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