Fiddle Workshops

Tom has been setting up and teaching his own successful fiddle workshops around the Gulf Coast region (Alabama, Mississippi & Florida) and offers several theme programs. He is available to travel to your community and get your local amateur violinists (of any age) excited about fiddling. One-day workshops are usually 4 hours long (2 hours in the morning, break for lunch, 2 hours in the afternoon) but can be customized to any length.

He’s also taught his Irish Fiddle Workshop at the Alabama Folk School’s recent Irish Music & Dance Weekend.

“Tom is an excellent asset to any music program.  He is a talented marketer, recruiter, teacher, and, of course, performer.  His knowledge of the violin/fiddle runs deep beginning with the classics and diverging from there.  Tom’s students have fun and come away equipped with many new skills.”  Danielle Dunbar, Director, Alabama Folk School at Camp McDowell

Irish Fiddle Workshop at USM, Hattiesburg, MS

‘Introduction to the Irish Fiddle’
•    In this workshop for intermediate fiddlers new to the Irish style, we’ll explore the history of Irish fiddle music, listen to solo playing, and learn some typical tunes from the Irish fiddlers’ standard repertoire. In addition, we’ll study bowing styles and ways of ornamenting notes for that authentic Irish sound. Tunes will be taught mainly by written music; sheet music will be provided, but some playing by ear could be included, so be sure to bring an audio recorder as well.

‘Introduction to Old-Time Fiddling’
•    This class is for advanced-beginner to intermediate fiddlers who maybe know a few tunes and want to expand their repertoire of familiar old-time southern fiddle tunes. While learning new tunes we will work on bowing, intonation, phrasing and rhythm, as well as double-stops and how to work them into tunes. Tunes will be taught mainly by written music; sheet music will be provided, but some playing by ear could be included, so be sure to bring an audio recorder as well.

‘Fiddling Across America’
•    Ever wonder what makes one fiddle style differ from another? We will learn tunes from around North America, including French-Canadian, East Coast Contradance, Appalachian Old-Time, Louisiana Cajun, and Texas Swing and discover regional characteristics and bowing styles. Tunes will be taught mainly by written music; sheet music will be provided, but some playing by ear could be included, so be sure to bring an audio recorder as well.

“I attended your workshop on Saturday and enjoyed it very much. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to study from you. It was refreshing and very enlightening not to mention fun!  Just what a student would most want in a workshop.” J.M., Elberta, AL

“I learned more at your one-day Irish Fiddle Workshop than at several of the week-long fiddle camps I’ve attended over the years. You explained and demonstrated the Irish fiddle ornaments so well. I didn’t think I’d ever be able to do them but now I can!” T.C., Mobile, AL

“Thanks for helping me get better & learn more tunes.  I’ve actually played the Kesh jig I learned at your Irish Fiddle Workshop last year at “session” speed  during the session we have every other week here in Memphis.  Proves you can teach an old dog new tricks!”       D. L., Cordova, TN

Want to set up a fiddle workshop at your school/church/community center? Contact Tom Morley at: flyingfrog@aol.com for more details.