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It wasn't so much that I would ask them how to play. A lot of the stuff I knew from old records.... What they usually talked to me about was how to conduct myself as a person. They tried to keep me away from all the things they went through. They tried to keep my nose clean, and they succeeded pretty good - Jerry Ricks, on time spent with the Old Ones, interview in Blues Review No. 46, April 1999

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  • Suzy T. Blues Fid Workshop, NY: March 29, 2009 - March 03, 2009

Author Topic: Blues Fiddle Workshop w. Suzy Thompson, NYC, Sun. Mar. 29, 2009 - 10 am til noon  (Read 1577 times)

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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:

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: 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).

Offline Flatd7

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I'm very excited about this! Pass on the word to all your friends. The Flatpicking workshop will actually start at 1PM though. Hope you can join us.


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