Contra Dance for Mandolin and Fiddle

Tom Cunningham

Contra Dance for Mandolin and Fiddle

$ 180.00

Contra Dance for Mandolin and Fiddle with Tom Cunningham

This class has both in-person and online options that meet simultaneously. To meet on Zoom, select the online option and an invitation to a recurring Zoom meeting will be included in the orientation email sent upon checkout.

This class is for fiddlers and mandolinists who would like to learn how to play for contra dances. We'll learn several tunes in the contra dance repertoire, which are fiddle tunes from Appalachian, Irish, and French-Canadian sources.

We'll also talk about:

  • how to start and end tunes
  • how to communicate with a caller
  • how to construct medleys
  • dance tempos
  • what makes a good dance tune
  • where to find more tunes
  • and more

Upon completion of this class, you should have the knowledge needed to lead a band through a contra dance.

For intermediate to advanced players, should be able to play several tunes at dance tempos (about 112 bpm).