Advanced Bluegrass Fiddle with John Showman
In this fun and exciting installment of advanced bluegrass fiddle, John will get into the nuts and bolts of playing really strong bluegrass melodies with a particular focus on double stops and learning by ear. No advanced bluegrass class would be complete without an analysis of the offbeat chop, and the class will have fun with some great ways to drive the rhythm of a band with this simple but effective technique. Finally, John will offer some great tools for learning how to play with others with confidence, even if you don’t know the songs that well.
Classically trained in violin since childhood, Toronto based John Showman has folded the sheet music, and emerged as one of the most dynamic, original, and exciting fiddlers in bluegrass music today. John also has the rare ability to understand the subtleties of old-time fiddle as well: which is why he won 1st place in the 2011 Fiddle Contest in Clifftop, West Virginia. He has been instrumental on the Canadian roots and bluegrass scene, notably for his involvement in two stylistically contrasting Toronto-based bands - the Foggy Hogtown Boys ( these boys won 2 Junos in 2011) and the Creaking Tree String Quartet. Most recently, John is the main thrust behind the alternative country band New Country Rehab, which Exclaim Magazine calls "One of the most exciting Folk-Rock acts in Canada." John also is here with us this week as a member of Toronto's awesome old-timey group The Lonesome Ace Stringband.
We're excited to have John back at NimbleFingers!