JULIE LYONN LIEBERMAN
Paradiddles: Cool String-Crossing Patterns
Drummers achieve fantastically rich patterns by alternating feet and hands, so Julie asked the primary question back in 2003: “How can string players tap into this? What examples do we already have throughout our thirty-five+ string styles?” After listening to hundreds of CDs, she found only a handful from roots music and a few from Western canon.
Julie has compiled dozens of paradiddles. These (mostly) asymmetrical patterns help players develop incredible string crossing skills, enable them to spice up their solos, make normal string crossing easy, and command over the upbow equal to the downbow.
Odd and Alternating Meter
If violinists from India can play in 13/8, we can certainly deal with 5/4. Or can we? And what about alternating between 4/4 and 5/4, or 4/4 and 6/8??!! Well, it’s time to get on the rhythmic gravy train. As one of Julie’s private students said, “This work has improved my ability to track time in normal meter because of the intense listening demands required by mastering alternating meter.”
Julie will provide support tracks from her book Planet Musician and provide strategies for how to approach mastering this family of rhythmic properties.
How to Capture the Style
Styles throughout the world require subtle differences in the use of the bow and left hand. Julie will start with muscle isolations for the bow arm to improve subtle dialogue when it comes to thought via nerve to muscle. We will cover:
Right Hand: whipped bows, pump versus pivot, three types of inflections, surges, chop, smileys versus stabs or hyphens, and more!
Left Hand: Inflections, slide technique, style-specific vibrato, vertical technique, and more!
String players tend to lack extensive rhythmic skills. This skill-deficit becomes amplified while improvising. You’ll learn the specific reasons for this imbalance and how to remedy it. Julie has concocted a brand-new approach to improvisation designed to foster balance between melodic and rhythmic skills. Be among the first to take advantage of her approach!
Fun Gateways into Improvisation
Julie has been teaching string players and teachers how to improvise for over 40 years. She’s developed a coterie of engaging games and techniques to master this art. Throw fear and inhibition to the wind. Get ready to forge your own voice on your instrument.
Is it taking too long to learn a tune? Are you having trouble remembering tunes you thought you’d learned so well? Do you have to start at the beginning of the tune over and over again to remember the rest of it?
This session will illuminate the “muscles” of the musical brain and how to use them to lock in your tunes for life.
Improve Your Groove I: Level ALL
If you want to create a danceable groove in your playing, you need two things: a steady pulse the listener can feel, and (for most styles of American music) a propulsive “backbeat” on beats 2 and 4. In this workshop Rob will show you tips and tricks to develop your subdividing skills, internalizing your own sense of pulse, and make sure that every note you play lands “on the grid,” i.e. subdivision of the pulse into smaller and smaller chunks (Tracy Silverman calls these tiny chunks “groove-ons,” as the smallest particle in the grid).
Jazz Fiddle: Rhythm Changes
Gershwin’s 1931 classic “I Got Rhythm” has become one of the most important chord progressions in the history of jazz, with dozens of “contrafacts” (new tunes written over that song’s chord changes), so much so that we call the entire family of tunes “rhythm changes.” In this workshop we unpack the original chord progression and break it down section by section, exploring common harmonic variations and some tips and tricks for navigating this harmonic treasure trove!
How to Use A Looper
A looper pedal can be an incredible tool for your music, if you know what to do with it! In this workshop Rob will explain the basics of how to use a looper pedal—the nuts and bolts of how most pedals work, timing tricks for getting your loop to sound “in time,” and recommended gear setup—and also why to use a looper pedal! Rob will show how he becomes a “one man band” with live looping, as well as offer some ways to use a looper to enrich your technique, your improvisational skills, and even your music writing
Iconic Rock Riffs
Lead guitarists step aside – lead lead VIOLINISTS/VIOLISTS/CELLISTS are here to stay! Learn some of the iconic riffs and solos from the world of rock n roll to prepare you for the spotlight at your next gig! Violinists often take these melodic lines when playing with a band – so let’s get ready to rock, together!
How to Play in a Rock Band
Discuss the ins and outs of becoming a rock stringplayer. Learn the different roles you may have in the band, take a peek into what your gigs will be like, talk shop about the gear you may need – if playing rock n roll is something you’re interested in, this is the 101 class you need!!
Multi-Style Cello Mastery
Interested in developing fluency in a myriad of musical genres on the cello? Then you’ll have to be able to do more than read rhythms and pitches off of sheet music! Join Greg Byers for a discussion on how to cultivate a mastery of culturally diverse musical styles. Topics include music as a language, critical listening, authentic articulation & phrasing, and how to further your studies.
Get in the groove!
This clinic explores the bowed stringed instrument as a member of the rhythm section. Discover extended techniques useful when playing rock, blues, funk, or jazz. Chopping, scratching, and “comping” techniques will be covered through live demonstration and group participation.
How to Read Chord Charts and Lead Sheets
Whether playing in a band, a church gig, or creating your own arrangement, learning to read chord charts and lead sheets is a must for every musician regardless of their instrument. This class will show you proven practice methods to develop this valuable skill.Live Looping 101
Looping is a great tool for practicing, solo performances, and teaching! This class explores what loop pedals or software to buy, how to dissect a song and create a looping “strategy”, and how to practice building a loop for live performances.
PATTIE HOPKINS KINLAW
What’s in a song? What’s in a train song? Join us in learning the infamous ‘Orange Blossom Special’ as well as more…
Taters & Tags
A class dedicated to learning how to kick and tag tunes as well as create your own! Join us in learning how to leave a great first and last impression on your instrument.
B for Bluegrass – B MAJOR
Don’t be intimidated by the “high lonesome” sound. Come together and learn all the basics of the key of B including chordal strategies, solos, fills and everything in between.
Fiddling Across Europe
One of the wonderful things about having so many nations side by side in Europe, each with a different but related history, is that the continent is packed with musical treasures- some in plain sight, some virtually unknown to the rest of the world. In this workshop we will take an imaginary journey from the Atlantic coast in the west of Ireland, and travel eastwards all the way to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, learning a tune in each country we pass through. The countries we will pass through are Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. For each of these I will teach you a tune and tell you a little about the style and ornamentation which is appropriate, and something of the history and background to the musical styles. Sheet music for all eight tunes will be provided in advance. If you are a good reader it is not necessary to study them in advance.
An Introduction to Klezmer
Klezmer is the thrilling, exotic, and evocative music dance music of the Ashkenazi Jewish population of Eastern Europe. In this workshop I will introduce you to some of the elements which give it this character.
We will look at some of the ornamentation which gives the “Yiddish accent” to this music—the krekhts, the downward glissando, the vibrato trill, the “long bent note” and the ghost harmonics. We will look at four different scales or modes which give it a distinctly different feel to western European folk music; these are the Freygish, the Mi Sheberakh , the Adonoi Molokh, and the Mogen Ovos. For each of these we will try a different tune in that particular mode.
Top Show Tunes
Show tunes are fiddle tunes that really make your playing shine. They are flashy and fun, and while they each have some kind of trick to make them sing, they are often easier than they sound, which makes them ideal for WOWing your audiences! We will focus on the classic tune, Orange Blossom Special
Fiddling for Classical Violinists
Learn how to sound like a fiddler. This workshop will cover the tricks and techniques that fiddlers use to sound authentic – and cool. Vi will cover the rules of the road to avoid “sounding classical” when you play fiddle tunes.
Improvise Over a Fiddle Tune
This workshop covers how to improvise over any fiddle tune. Vi will show you how to go from playing the melody to really making a tune your own. Techniques covered include chord structure, arpeggiation, passing tones, accidentals, and more. Bring your fiddle, your viola or your cello and your questions. This workshop is interactive.
Intro to Bluegrass: History, Technique, Hot Licks, Tunes
Bluegrass fiddling is a complex situation, and Tom will attempt to unravel some of the mystery of the fiddler’s role when playing in this style. Learn some history of Bluegrass fiddling, some classic instrumentals of the genre every fiddler should be familiar with, and some hot kick-off licks and fills to use when playing in a bluegrass band. Presented with the bluegrass “novice” fiddler in mind! (advanced beginner/intermediate)
Irish Fiddling: Tunes, Techniques & Ornaments
Tom’s performance and teaching passion over the past two decades has been in the world of Irish fiddling. He’s led Irish Trad slow sessions around the US and beyond, at string camps and workshops, taught long-running local groups and now as live streaming Facebook events as well, and is the author of the popular method book Learn To Play Irish Trad Fiddle. In this workshop he’ll discuss any element of Irish fiddling you might be curious about – tune styles, left and right hand techniques and ornaments and more. You’ll also learn a few representative jigs and reels and how to get that Irish sound into your playing. (Advanced beginner/Intermediate level)
East Tennessee Fiddling: History & Tunes
Since his move to Chattanooga in 2017, Tom has discovered a rich motherlode of fiddle tunes somewhat uniquely shared and played in the southeastern corner of Tennessee. Tom will give some history of the importance of fiddling in the area, talk about the Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers Conventions, and share tunes that’s he’s learned from local Old Time jam sessions and through the recordings and private printed tune collection of the late Fletcher Bright, Chattanooga’s most well-known and beloved Bluegrass fiddler. Get ready to learn some great Old Time tunes with catchy melodies guaranteed to stick in your head! (Intermediate level)
One Tune, Two Styles
Tunes can take interesting journeys from one genre to another. We’re all aware of tunes that have crossed boundaries over time, especially older historical melodies. Tom’s discovered an Irish trad reel, John Stenson’s #2, which was recorded by Kevin Burke for his classic 1978 album “If The Cap Fits,” but has recently found a new life, having been rearranged as an Old-Time tune by Rachel Eddy and then adapted as a bluegrass instrumental by mandolin/fiddler Nate Lee. Tom will teach the original Irish version and then show the tune’s clever adaptation into these other styles. (Intermediate/Advanced)
Soloing Country/Bluegrass Style
Learn and break down the melody/chords of a bluegrass or country standard . Develop your own solo based off its melody.
Back Up & Shuffle!
In this class we’ll explore the traditional bluegrass tune Back Up & Push. The double-shuffle is one of the key elements in the bluegrass sound. It’s one of those techniques you want to have in your bag of tricks. In a jam session, when playing at high tempos, you don’t want your fingers and brain to lag behind. The double-shuffle can get you out of that jam and impress your audience to boot. We’ll learn the standard shuffle in the tune and then figure out some new ways and places to use it. Also, we’ll dive into second position, as it is often overlooked by fiddlers … but it rules in the key of C!