Upper Potomac Music Weekends

PO Box 1474, Shepherdstown, WV  25443

(304) 263-2531   upperpotomac@gmail.com

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Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat    January 3-5, 2020

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Workshops, Concert, Jam Sessions and a Contra Dance for fiddlers and those who play with them. A variety of styles are presented by some of the region’s finest fiddle teachers with an emphasis on dance fiddle styles including Scottish, Cape Breton, Appalachian, Irish, New England, and French Canadian. 

Our 2020 staff includes:

About the Weekend Classes:

The weekend program offers several types of classes; most of our classes are 2 hours in length and feature options for fiddle, piano,banjo, guitar, and mixed-instruments.

Fiddle classes are at a wide variety of levels, but players should have a reasonably good command of their instruments and be able to learn repertoire from written music or by ear in order to get the most out of these classes. We are offering a "Seasoned Beginners" session for the fiddle with Ken Kolodner on Saturday this season.

All Day Saturday Classes:​

  • Intro to Fiddle Styles for Seasoned Beginners is designed for newer students who need some work with basic skills and learn more slowly. It will cover some basic elements of playing including holding the violin, left-hand technique, bowing, tone production, practicing and building technical facility while learning some traditional folk melodies from the Old time tradition. (Ken Kolodner)

2020 Brochure is coming soon!