The Handmade Music School, along with The Floyd Country Store, is excited to announce the Second Annual Floyd County Old Time Music Get-Together at the beautiful EcoVillage in Floyd County, Virginia! This amazing four day camp will take place in early spring on March 14 – 17, 2019. Instructors include Alice Gerrard, Elizabeth LaPrelle, Jere Canote, Greg Canote, Kilby Spencer, Emily Spencer, Becky Hill Mac Traynham, and Andy Buckman.
The Handmade Music School presents an advanced beginner/intermediate workshop with Shay Garriock on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 11:00am-1:00pm. Cost is $30. This workshop is for those who already play several tunes and have a good grasp on timing, bow control, and intonation.
The Handmade Music School presents a Banjo and Fiddle Duets Workshop with Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 3:00-5:00pm. Cost is $30. In this workshop we will explore the different ways that the banjo and fiddle work together. We will listen and analyze different recordings of our favorite banjo-fiddle duos and discuss the history of instruments as a pair. We will spend time separated by instrument, and then some time working all together.
The Floyd Country Store’s Handmade Music School is offering a Fiddle Workshop with Earl White on Saturday, Saturday December 15, 2018 from 3pm-5pm. This class is all about having fun while enhancing and fine tuning your skills to help you move from intermediate to advanced. We will explore and focus on bowing techniques that will help you get that “old time” sound, while building your repertoire with tunes in various keys. Bring recorders! Let’s play. Cost is $30.
The Handmade Music School and Southern Mountain Melodies are offering a Music of Our Mountains Workshop with Mac Traynham, Jenny Traynham, and Andy Buckman on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. This is an all day group lesson for intermediate fiddle, intermediate clawhammer banjo, and intermediate back-up guitar. Students will learn some "local" tunes in a danceable style that is what the Sunday Jam and Friday Night Jamboree are all about.
Join the Handmade Music School for an intermediate fiddle workshop with Erynn Marshall on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 11:00am-1:00pm. This class will delve into southern style fiddling. The secrets of bowing, left hand techniques, and playing more effortlessly will all be explored as well as getting that “old-time sound.” We’ll learn a great tune, and about the traditional fiddler it came from. Questions encouraged. Please bring a recorder to class and your adventurous fiddling spirit!
The Handmade Music School presents a special fiddle workshop with Eddie Bond on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 3:00-5:00pm. Learn fiddle in the old-time way, phrase by phrase from with one of the most respected fiddlers in the Blue Ridge Mountain region. Eddie will teach Roundpeak/Galax style tunes with attention to bowing. Eddie Bond grew up in Fries, Virginia, where the fiddle and banjo are still welded in a Virginia dance tradition. Eddie is the fiddler and lead singer in the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, and is the winner of many fiddle contests, including the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.
The Floyd Country Store's Handmade Music School and Southern Mountain Melodies are offering a one day workshop for fiddle, banjo, and guitar featuring old-time dance music of the Blue Ridge, led by Andy Buckman, Mac Traynham, and Jenny Traynham. The class takes place on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at The Floyd Country Store.
Join us on Saturday April 14, 2018 from 3:00-5:00pm for an Intermediate/Advanced Fiddle Workshop with Eddie Bond. Learn fiddle in the old-time way, phrase by phrase from with one of the most respected fiddlers in the Blue Ridge Mountain region! Eddie will teach Roundpeak/Galax style tunes with attention to bowing.
The Handmade Music School is offering a series of one-hour afternoon workshops as part of the Floyd County Old Time Music Get-Together on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the the Floyd EcoVillage in Floyd County, Virginia. Workshops include intermediate and advanced classes in fiddle, banjo, guitar, dance, and singing. We are opening these workshops to the public. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 per workshop.
Join the Handmade Music School for an intermediate/Intermediate+ workshop with Erynn Marshall on March 10, 2018 from 10:00-12:00. Cost is $25.00. If you've ever been interested to know more about alternate tunings on the fiddle and love the sound of drones - this is the class for you! Erynn will show you how easy it is to get into these different tunings and how beautiful they are. We'll learn some great tunes, bow rocking and the history behind the tunes. This class will help you get a more authentic old-time sound. Recording devices recommended. Rosin up your bow and get ready for the drone zone!