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!