Registration is now available! Summer camps and offerings available for all ages and skill levels.
Session Length: 3 Days
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced
The heart of old-time fiddling is in the bow.
Master fiddler Paul Kirk will teach the bowings, rhythmic patterns, and bow stroke needed to produce an authentic, Round Peak old-time fiddle sound. Rare and obscure Early American tunes, cross tuning, and droning will also be taught in this fun and educational camp. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to play off the page. Classical violinists are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Prerequisite: Must be able to play in keys up to three sharps, exhibit good intonation, and have a good sense of pitch and rhythm.
|July 09, 2024 - July 11, 2024 Jul 09, 2024 - Jul 11, 2024
|Tuesday - Thursday
|10:00am - 3:00pm
Instructor, Fiddle; Coordinator, Old-Time Jam
Paul Kirk has been playing bowed string instruments since 1980 and has been teaching them privately in classroom settings and workshop formats since 1988. He studied music theory, composition, music education, music history, and musicology at Cleveland State University. While at CSU, Paul played vio... Expand
Paul Kirk has been playing bowed string instruments since 1980 and has been teaching them privately in classroom settings and workshop formats since 1988. He studied music theory, composition, music education, music history, and musicology at Cleveland State University. While at CSU, Paul played violas da gamba, krummhorns, and recorders in early music ensembles. He was a founding member of Good Company: A Vocal Ensemble and has founded many of his own bands over the years including A Hundred Thousand Welcomes Celtic Ensemble, Knives and Forks English Country Dance Ensemble, and Down the Road Old-Time String Band. He has composed over 500 folk tunes in a variety of styles.
Paul has closely studied the music of Appalachia, the history of American old-time fiddling, source fiddlers, as well as the social aspects of the music. Since July 1, 2018, he has been creating and sharing videos each Sunday through his Old-Time Tune of the Week series on YouTube. Paul puts a great focus on fiddle bowing patterns and techniques and has devised practical methods for teaching with excellent results. One of his specialties is teaching old-time fiddle to crossover students, especially those coming from a background in classical violin and other musical traditions.
In 2022, Paul was designated as a master old-time fiddler and received a Traditional Arts grant from the Ohio Arts Council to work with an apprentice of his choice.
Paul taught viola, choir, music history, and assisted with drama and art for ten consecutive summers at orchestra and fine arts camps for The Music Settlement when it was known as the Cleveland Music School Settlement.