Advanced Bluegrass Fiddle with Bronwyn Keith-Hynes

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This advanced class will delve into the nuances of bluegrass fiddling. We will explore improvisation in the context of bluegrass and several approaches to taking solos on vocal and instrumental songs, as well as some of the differences that come up between the two. In addition to talking about the history of bluegrass, we'll work on song melodies, fiddle backup, learn some classic licks from the greats and discuss how to make the most of your backup repertoire. Other topics will include moving double stop shapes around the fingerboard, bowing techniques and stylistic differences in bluegrass fiddle. Material will be taught mostly by ear, so please bring an audio or video recording device.

Bronwyn Keith‐Hynes is a Nashville-based bluegrass fiddler originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. Accepted on a scholarship to attend the American Roots Music Program at Berklee College of Music at age 16, she graduated in 2012 with a Professional Diploma in Violin Performance. Bronwyn is fast gaining recognition for her fiddling across bluegrass and acoustic music circles. She has performed with Peter Rowan, Darol Anger, The Milk Carton Kids, Anais Mitchell, The Deadly Gentlemen and Tony Trischka, among others. Bronwyn is a founding member of the IBMA award-winning bluegrass band Mile Twelve, and can be found touring with them all over the planet. In 2014 Bronwyn won first place in the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, KS and in 2018 was awarded the Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year Award by the IBMA. Bronwyn has been on staff at Berklee College of Music teaching string lessons at The Five Week Program for several years. She teaches in person in Nashville, and world-wide through Skype.

Bronwyn is here this week with her band Mile Twelve.

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