Feb
22
to Feb 25

Prince Edward Island, Canada

with Jesse Lege and Kelli Jones

Friday, February 23

2 PM - 3 PM

Performance for students of École-sur-Mer

Centre Belle-Alliance - Summerside, Prince Edward Island

 

Friday, February 23

6 PM - 7 PM

Performance during Voir Grand activity

Centre Belle-Alliance - Summerside, Prince Edward Island

 

Saturday, February 24

9 PM to midnight

Performance during the Mardi Gras Gala

Centre Belle-Alliance – Summerside, Prince Edward Island

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Feb
18
3:00 PM15:00

FIDDLE Workshop, SOLA Violins, Lafayette, LA

Improvisation for Fiddlers, led by Joel Savoy with special guest Beau Thomas

 

Last time we talked about “playing with intent.” We layed the groundwork for connecting our minds to our instruments so that we can not only quickly learn and repeat what we hear, but also so that we can play what we imagine. This time we’ll take that one step further and dive into the world of improvising in a 90-minute hands-on fiddle workshop. We’ll start by learning a simple melody and a chord progression and then I’ll talk about some basic approaches to “getting outside the box” and how to go from melody, to adornment, to completely improvising a solo. I’ve also invited my friend Beau Thomas, fiddler extraordinaire, to join us so we can talk to him about how he approaches being creative on the instrument!

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Jan
7
3:00 PM15:00

"Theory for Fiddlers" WORKSHOP at SOLA Violins, Lafayette, LA

The words “music theory” often send fiddlers running. Most players in the traditional music world don’t know what notes they’re playing or even what key they’re in and they make fantastic music anyway. However, I know many players have a desire to know more about music because this is the most requested workshop topic I get. I’m talking about demystifying things like chords, “double-stops,” melody and harmony, "learning by ear,” and possibly even more advanced things like substitutions, passing chords, and improvisation. The goal is to get you playing with intent. We’ll start with the basics about how the violin strings work together and what we can learn from their relationship- there is so much to be learned just from those four open strings. Then we’ll use what we have learned to build common chords and understand those that we already know before moving on to more complex chords and ideas like harmony. I’d also like to talk about keys and postions so that you can improve your learning-by-ear skills and simplify complex tunes.

Whether you’re a professional or a beginner, I think you’ll walk away with new skills and ideas to help you express yourself musically on your instrument. The world doesn’t need another Dewey Balfa, it needs YOU to be creative! 

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"Everything Joel Savoy touches turns to music." 

                                                                                             -T-Bone Burnett