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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to Jul 27

UK Tour with the Savoy Family Cajun Band

Fri July 21: Filé Gumbo, Cecil Sharp House, London

Sat July 22: Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (In the Spiegletent), Edinburgh

Sun July 23: Summertyne, The Sage (530PM Outdoor Stage), Gateshead

Mon July 24: The Band Room, Farndale, Yorkshire

Tues July 25: The Vic, Menai Bridge, Bangor

Weds July 26: Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea

Thurs July 27: Cajun Barn at the Con Club, Lewes

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to Jun 25

The Great Big Fais Do-Do, Portland Oregon

Hosted by Caleb Klauder, this is one of the highlights of my summer every year!

I'll be playing with Jesse Lege, Courtney Granger and Kelli Jones in various combinations



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to Mar 28

Boone, NC

with Kelli Jones. Appearances as follows:

Sunday, March 26 - 4:00 p.m. Beginning and Advanced Cajun Fiddle Workshops

Sunday, March 26 - 7:30 p.m. house concert at the Jones House.

Tuesday, March 28 - 9:30 a.m. - visit to Appalachian Music course on campus of Appalachian State University

Tuesday, March 28 - 6:15 p.m. - visit to Advanced Folklore course on campus of Appalachian State University.

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"Everything Joel Savoy touches turns to music." 

                                                                                             -T-Bone Burnett