Instructor: Malia Furtado

Level: Beginner

Age: Teens & Adults

4 Week Mini-Session: Mondays, 11/16/20 – 12/14/20

5:25pm – 6:20pm

Classes will be held online via Zoom.

Description: This introductory fiddle class for is perfect for first time fiddlers! Students will be taught foundational skills in technique, learn a handful of simple fiddle tunes, and be immersed in the culture of traditional music by learning to play with others in a fun, and positive environment. A few times throughout the semester, this class will join other beginner classes to hone group playing skills such as chopping and playing with accompaniment.

Prerequisite: None! This class will be starting students from scratch. Folks with a little prior experience but with only a tune or two under their belt may join this class as well.

In this class you will learn:

  • Technique: bow hold, fiddle hold, fingering hand position, playing posture
  • Tunes/Songs: Boil ’em Cabbage Down, Old Joe Clark, and Long Journey Home (other material may also be used)
  • Group Playing skills: Chopping, playing with accompaniment, kicking off a tune with taters
  • A very basic overview of reading simple sheet music.

What students will need:

  • Functional fiddle, size 4/4
  • Fiddles should have: bridge, strings, sound post, all tuners in tact
  • Bow (with all the hair)
  • Rosin
  • Shoulder rest
  • Tuner
  • Notebook & pencil
  • Recording device optional

Next Level: Fiddle – Beginner II for Teens & Adults

Malia Furtado

Hailing from the Northern end of the Shenandoah Valley, Malia comes from a large family of musicians. Malia’s musical journey began at the age of 3 with classical violin lessons and took a turn, for better or for worse, with the discovery of bluegrass at age 7 when she attended her first festival, Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention. Since then, Malia has performed with a number of different groups, taken home a range of prizes, and graced the stage of numerous venues up and down the East Coast. Malia has given private lessons in both bluegrass and classical since 2006. Other teaching ventures include appearances on two Murphy Method instructional DVD’s and leading fiddle workshops at various festivals. She currently teaches adult continued education courses in bluegrass fiddle at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyer’s Cave, VA.

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