Class Category: Fiddle & Banjo

The Bluegrass Breakdown

Instructors: James McDowell & Aynsley Porchak The Bluegrass Breakdown: How to Analyze Bluegrass Music Recordings (ALL): James and Aynsley show how to analyze and learn a bluegrass music recording in five steps. Through examining musical elements such as melody, phrasing, rhythmic structure, texture and harmonies of a piece, James and Aynsley will provide a framework …

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Follow the Leader

Instructors: James McDowell & Aynsley Porchak Follow the Leader – The “How To’s” & “Don’t Do’s of Instrument Roles: In this class, James McDowell and Aynsley Porchak explain to participants some of the most crucial roles of the blues lead instruments.  They will give examples of how to coordinate backup over an entire song, focus …

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From the Barn Dance to Bluegrass

Instructors: Aynsley Porchak and James McDowell: From the Barn Dance to Bluegrass: Fiddle & Banjo Tunes Throughout the Years: Instructors James McDowell and Aynsley Porchak will discuss the history of fiddle and banjo duos from clawhammer banjo and old-time fiddle, to their eventual incorporation in bluegrass music.  This class will cover bluegrass fiddle and banjo …

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