Four-Stringed Improvisation - Fiddle and Mandolin

$202 ($192 members) · 80 minutes · Weekly for 8 weeks

Improvising, riffing, jamming, soloing, arranging – all of these musical activities stem from the learned skill of composition. Why should guitar players and jazz-bows have all the fun? If you enjoy making up your own music and you play mandolin or fiddle, there are infinite musical possibilities just under your fingertips. Develop different composing modes such as melodic, pentatonic, lyrical, and blues. Folk, bluegrass, and jazz, are a few of the styles that will be covered, and we will also explore how to fuse rhythms together to build your own unique grooves. In each class, play an exercise and a musical example to explore the possibilities for rhythm, composed backup parts, and soloing.

This class is right for you if: You have always played from written music but wonder how to “just play,” you have learned lots of fiddle tunes by ear but struggle with what to play when you get together with other instruments, or you sound really great on the same three licks but wonder if there are more things to play.


Fiddle 3 or equivalent level, Mandolin 2 or equivalent level.

Special Info

Fiddles and mandolins are available for rent or purchase at the Old Town School Music Stores.

Class Schedules and Availability

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000