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Sep 16, 2020 - 2:24:26 PM
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1065 posts since 6/26/2007

Hi Musical Friends!

For Fiddle Hell Online, Nov. 5-8, 2020, we’ve assembled an epic online lineup of 35 live concerts, 34 live jam sessions, and 160 live workshops, for fiddle, mandolin, cello, guitar, old-time banjo, and singing. Other instruments (and listeners) are also welcome!  Here are links to: overview, scheduleinstructors, and registration. A major advantage of being online is that we can record all the sessions and make those session videos available online shortly after they happen live at the event, and for 3 months afterwards for attendees to enjoy. 

Sure, you could wait until the last moment ... But if you register now for Fiddle Hell Online, you'll get early access to the event and several additional benefits. Register now to plan your own agenda (with the My Agenda feature), ask questions about sessions, see announcements about new sessions, post to community discussion topics (like instruments for sale), test out your connections and software, and look through our online exhibitors. You'll need to be registered to apply for a performance spot on the two open mic concerts, the teen concert, or the original tunes concert

 If you register by September 20th, you'll receive free admission to two of Andy Reiner's very helpful online workshops in the months before Fiddle Hell (90 minutes each, and normally $49 each). September 24th is Celtic Ornaments (mainly Irish) and October 22nd is Fiddle Bowing Boot Camp. These start at 7:30PM Eastern time. If you register by September 20th, you'll also be entered in several giveaways for books, strings, and more.

We have scholarship funds available now; these may run out as FHO gets nearer. See the Q&A on the registration page.

Fiddle Hell instructors -- who are experienced and supportive teachers, and wonderful and inspiring players -- cover Bluegrass, Cajun, Cape Breton, Electric, French Canadian (Québécois), Gypsy Jazz, Irish, Jazz, Klezmer, New Acoustic, New England, Old-Time Southern, Scandinavian, Scottish, Swing, Western Swing, and other styles. Attending Fiddle Hell Online is not only an amazing experience, it’s a way for you to support and connect with these wonderful instructors and performers, who have seen almost all of their in-person gigs disappear, and in many cases are just trying to make ends meet. Most of them are now teaching online, and they’re excited about jamming, performing, and leading workshops for you at Fiddle Hell Online.

Please let your musical friends know about Fiddle Hell Online - our website is here and the Facebook event is here.   

I hope to see you online!

- Dave Reiner

Sep 16, 2020 - 10:53:21 PM
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2540 posts since 10/6/2008

Seriously considering it. Seems like it would be fun to try something new. So many workshops!

Oct 18, 2020 - 6:02:22 AM

cunparis

France

142 posts since 11/4/2012

Hi,

I've heard of Fiddle Hell but living in Europe I never considered attending. But I see that this year it's virtual. I had a look at the schedule and there are a ton of workshops I'm interested in. Since I'll be working Thursday & Friday (unless I take off), and with the time zone difference (6 hours), I wouldn't be able to attend most of the workshops live. I'd have to settle for the replay. So I'm debating about doing it. The fact that the videos are only available for 3 months gives me a bit of time pressure to try and watch all of the ones that interest me. I also don't know what to expect for the video quality.. is each paticipant doing it in front of a webcam? Those can have bad quality sometimes.

Anyone else considering these issues? It's very tempting. I don't think I can watch everything in the 3 months but I think there is a lot to do and I think I'd learn a lot.

Anyone else done a virtual type of event like this before?

Oct 23, 2020 - 9:44:14 AM

1065 posts since 6/26/2007

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Originally posted by cunparis

Hi,

I've heard of Fiddle Hell but living in Europe I never considered attending. But I see that this year it's virtual. I had a look at the schedule and there are a ton of workshops I'm interested in. Since I'll be working Thursday & Friday (unless I take off), and with the time zone difference (6 hours), I wouldn't be able to attend most of the workshops live. I'd have to settle for the replay. So I'm debating about doing it. The fact that the videos are only available for 3 months gives me a bit of time pressure to try and watch all of the ones that interest me. I also don't know what to expect for the video quality.. is each paticipant doing it in front of a webcam? Those can have bad quality sometimes.

Anyone else considering these issues? It's very tempting. I don't think I can watch everything in the 3 months but I think there is a lot to do and I think I'd learn a lot.

Anyone else done a virtual type of event like this before?


Hi Michael,

Some of the instructors have webcams; others use built in cameras.  Having taken Zoom classes myself at other virtual camps, and for lessons, I find them to be generally just fine. Our Zoom recordings are planned to be in high definition.

At the in-person Fiddle Hells of past years, sessions you didn't attend are gone forever :-).  I think it's excellent to have the ability to replay sessions for 3 months at Fiddle Hell Online. Since sessions include 35 concerts, 35 jams, and 165 workshops; are in different styles; have different instructors; and are at different levels, I would expect people to mainly replay the sessions of most interest to them.

Virtual events have some advantages - a better view of the instructor, no need to play new stuff in front of other people, no distraction from other participants noodling, and the ability to replay videos to work on a specific phrase, tune, or technique. Sure, it's a different experience from being there live, but players have been enjoying Maine Fiddle Camp, Ashokan Camps, Creative Strings Workshops, Strings without Boundaries, and other camps and festivals.

Best regards,

Dave

https://fiddlehell.org 

Edited by - dsreiner on 10/23/2020 09:45:20

Oct 30, 2020 - 9:45:20 AM

cunparis

France

142 posts since 11/4/2012

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the additional information (and motivation too). I was just watching the instructor previews which was really interesting.

France just entered a new lockdown so it looks like I'll have extra free time, just in time for Fiddle Hell. So I plan to attend.

-Michael

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