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David Bragger

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Teaches Lessons: Online, In Person

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teacher Since: 2001

Pricing: Call 818-324-6123

Listing Created: 11/17/2011
Listing Updated: 10/30/2014

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I've been teaching traditional old-time fiddle and banjo for 10 years. Passing on the tradition of rhythmic southern bowing is my passion! I'm obsessed with teaching old-time tunes, bow-rocks, stresses, pulses, ornamentation, crooked variants and the mighty classics. These are all part of the fiddle language and it's all done by ear. I teach in person and online from my Old-Time Tiki Parlour (oldtimetikiparlour.com) in Los Angeles.

I was first exposed to playing old-time music through visits, workshops and private lessons with Mike Seeger, Bob Flesher, Mel Durham, Dan Gellert, Bruce Molsky, Clyde Davenport, Joe Thompson, Benton Flippen, Lester McCumbers, Brad Leftwich and Tom Sauber.

The greatest mystery was bowing. Once I started unlocking this mystery, people started coming for lessons. Word of mouth transformed me into a full time old-time music instructor seven days a week! Currently, half of my students are online from around (and outside) the country. Recently I have started hosting an ongoing series of sold-out workshops at the Old-Time Tiki Parlour, including workshops from traveling masters such as Bruce Molsky, Rafe Stefanini, Suzy Thompson and old-time wizard Dan Gellert.

In addition to being a local square dance fiddler, I play in the Los Angeles-based old-time jug band Sausage Grinder. I write the Old Time Oracle column for the folk music site Folkworks.org. I teach workshops at many local festivals including the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest, The Los Angeles Old-Time Social, The CTMS Equinox Festival, The Goleta Old-Time Fiddler's Convention, etc. My students have won countless prizes from Los Angeles to Galax!

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