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I thought that it was such a privilege for me to be doing those sides with Georgia, that I decided to do everything I could in one bar. Everything I could dream of, I wanted to be sure I got it all in. I was like a dive bomber coming in, playing everything but what she was singing, playing the fastest run I could that had nothing to do with expressing the blues. It was wrong! - The self deprecating Les Paul on his 1936 recording sessions backing Georgia White

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  • Blues Fiddle Workshop w. Suzy Thompson, NYC, Sun: March 29, 2009 - February 03, 2009

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Offline Cleoma

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Sun. March 29 at 10 am til noon, in Manhattan (near 21st St. & Fifth Ave.) -- BLUES FIDDLE WORKSHOP with Suzy Thompson (known here as "Cleoma").  As I do at Blues Week in Port Townsend, I'll concentrate on the pre-war blues fiddle style that spilled over into oldtime and Cajun music, and was a crucial element in the development of bluegrass fiddling.  In this 2
hour workshop, I'll teach instrumentals from the repertoire
of the great pre-war blues fiddlers like Mississippi Sheiks, Eddie
Anthony, Arthur Smith, Clifford Hayes, Wade Fruge, etc.  We'll
explore the elements of early blues fiddle style:  tonality, slides,
phrasing, etc.  Depending on level and interest of the students, we
might also explore "how to construct a blues fiddle solo"; backing up
vocals; how to play blues in any key; hillbilly (pre-bluegrass)
blues;  Cajun blues.  This workshop is geared to intermediate-advanced
players, but beginners can benefit from this workshop too.  Everything will be taught by ear, no written music; we'll sing phrases and then play
them over and over to get them into your brain (and fingers!).  Please
DO bring a recording device, but please, no video cameras. Tuition is
$60 and requires advance registration.  For more information, or to register, please email Jon Vesey:  jon@secondfiddles.com

My husband Eric is a great bluegrass guitarist and also is a wonderful teacher.  He will be giving a flatpicked guitar workshop in the afternoon from 2 to 4 -- Complete info is here:  http://www.ericandsuzy.com/workshops.htm Maybe some of you Weenies want to try something different from the ever-fascinating blues fingerpicking!!

We'll be doing a gig that night at the Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn, a triple bill:  Del Rey, Eric & Suzy Thompson, and the Second Fiddles (Jon Vesey's group).
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