Beginning Fiddle with Martha Spencer
In this Beginning Fiddle class we’ll learn the basic techniques for intro to fiddling- bowing, finger positioning, tunings and helpful posture/holding of instrument. Work on simple melodies and scales. We will also talk about old time Appalachian regional fiddle styles and work on a few traditional tunes from the Blue Ridge Mountain area.
(Will be learning a lot by ear, but if folks need tabs, I can provide).
Martha Spencer also grew up on Whitetop Mountain immersed in the musical Spencer Family and has been playing music and dancing since a very young age. She is a multi- instrumentalist, playing guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass, mandolin, and is also well known for her flat foot dancing. She has taken part in master workshops on dance at the National Folk Festival, Australia’s Woodford Folk Festival, and the Lowell Folk Festival and been featured in various other festivals and workshops across the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. In 2006, Martha and her father, Thornton Spencer, took part in the Virginia Foundation of the Humanities Master/Apprenticeship Program for the old time fiddling tradition. Martha is very active in passing on music and dance traditions to local youth as well, teaching in the Junior Appalachian Musician program in the Ashe and Alleghany Counties of NC. Martha is also a full time member of The Whitetop Mountain Band.