Advanced Old Time Fiddle with Sammy Lind


I like to teach fiddle by jumping right in and teaching tunes. With old time fiddling, the bowing is probably the most important factor. There is a lot of syncopation in old time fiddling rhythm, so this will be the focus of every tune. So I'll start by teaching tunes that have a repetitive bowing pattern throughout both the A and B parts and we'll move on to other tunes that just vary slightly in their patterns. After a few tunes are learned this way and certain bowing patterns are recognized, it should be easier to hear these rhythms in other tunes and should be helpful for learning new tunes. This is an advanced class, so we may even work on certain solo pieces, ones that are too crooked to play in a jam session, aka, "jam busters".

I will be teaching tunes in standard tuning (GDAE) for G,C, E and F tunes , high bass tuning (ADAE) for certain D tunes and A modal tunes, and cross tuning (AEAE) for A tunes.


Students must be comfortable with the fiddle and have a general knowledge of what "old time" fiddle is and have a few tunes they feel comfortable leading in a jam session or playing for a square dance. Also, students must be open to "cross-tuning" the fiddles to get that authentic "old time" sound. Many students find a recording device really helpful, so bring an audio and/or visual recorder if one will be helpful later for personal use and not too distracting to the student or others in the class.

Born in Minnesota, Sammy Lind has established himself as one of the most critically acclaimed old time musicians in the world. He spent many years in Portland, OR, where he co-founded the Foghorn Stringband in the year 2000 with some pals who shared a similar passion for traditional music. Sammy has traveled the world playing and teaching a vast repertoire of tunes from Appalachia and the Midwest.  His playing reflects tremendous respect and passion for all the fiddle players and old recordings he spent countless hours learning from and a power that only comes from years of playing for dances. After a few years up in Whitehorse, Yukon, Sammy has settled in eastern Quebec, in the village of Pointe-à-la-Croix, with his wife/bandmate, Nadine Landry.

Foghorn Stringband
Nadine and Sammy