Posted by fiddlerdi on Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 @9:16:41 PM
Thanks, Diane. That kind of fills out the picture a little more.
One of the traditions at Fiddle Hell (as I understand it) is that everybody has to get up and play a tune, and at the end everybody plays a couple of tune together, after all the jamming and socializing.
Thursday, October 18, 2007 @7:35:51 AM
Playing music with others definitely helps one learn. When I started out I was fortunate to hangout with Garry Harrison, Dave MIller, Dan Baird, John Bishop and the other Indian Creek Delta Boys. Trying to play with folks that are more advanced than you can be a bit frustrating but it is also very inspiring. I think folks learn faster in situations like that.
The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago have ensemble classes. These are led by Paul Tyler and/or Steve Rosen. There are quite a few good old-time players in Chicago now, perhaps as a result of these classes. The Folk School in St. Louis may have these kind of classes too. I think these schools may have bluegrass ensemble classes too, but I'm not sure.
PS: I will be playing at the Lawrence, KS dance this Saturday, 10/20/07. Come on by if you get a chance.