Songs of the Mississippi Sheiks : An Introduction to Blues Fiddle

by Jalopy Theatre
Songs of the Mississippi Sheiks : An Introduction to Blues Fiddle This is an in-person event
Sun, 05 December 2021
11:00AM - 01:00PM (EST)
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Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Taught by Glendon Jones, accompanied by Chris White
December 5, 11 am - 1 pm

A wailing fiddle was one of the formative sounds of early blues music, with the ability to bend and hold notes like no other instrument. In the 1930s, the Mississippi Sheiks recorded dozens of tracks, including their best known song “Sittin’ on Top of the World”. Almost all featured the unique fiddle playing of Lonnie Chatmon. Through a close analysis of his playing, we will decipher some of the licks, bends, scales and other techniques that make for powerfully expressive blues fiddle playing. This workshop is intended for fiddlers or violinists of any level. We will be learning primarily by ear, but some notated examples will be provided for those who read music or tablature.

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This class will take place IN PERSON. Everyone in attendance needs to prove full vaccination at the time of check in. All instructors and staff have also had to provide proof of vaccination. Attendees and instructors will be asked to wear their masks as much possible. If you are vaccinated in New York, we encourage you to use Excelsior Pass to prove your vaccination. Excelsior pass is an app for your phone that can hold your vaccination and testing data. Download Excelsior Pass in the apple store or on google play.
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  On the first day of class please arrive thirty minutes before class start time. If you need an instrument please select the ticket with instrument rental option. We have a limited supply of each instrument so if you can bring your own please do. 

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