Music Theory in American Fiddle Music Workshop with Amy Alvey

Academic jargon isn't important when it comes to an authentic old time sound. Though not essential, getting familiar with basic harmony can be useful for those newer to traditional styles. In this workshop we'll define our major scale, and from there explore scale degrees, intervals, and chord building in Western-centric harmony. Understanding these concepts will help discern melody, chord theory, and improvisation in old time and bluegrass music. 

Geared towards all performance levels who are new to music theory. Instruction in relation to the fiddle will be the primary focus, however, all concepts can be applied to banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. Ability to read sheet music is helpful, though not required.

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