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The Handmade Music School presents Bowing Mechanics and Technique for Fiddle with Rachel Eddy on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 3:00 EDT. The workshop will be presented via Crowdcast as part of our Handmade at Home online series. Cost is $1 to $100 (suggested donation of $15).

During this workshop I will talk about and explore the mechanics of bowing, and how to engage parts of your shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand to create better flow. Good economy of motion and a relaxed bowing arm help to make fiddling sound smoother, and avoid repetitive stress injuries. Regardless of your current playing ability, there will be something useful for everybody at every stage of learning in this workshop!

Rachel Eddy is a native of West Virginia who grew up in a musical family steeped in the traditions of Appalachian music and dance. Now based in Washington, D.C., they are known throughout the world as both a dynamic, emotionally powerful performer and an engaging, thoughtful teacher. Rachel’s soulful singing and multi-instrumental finesse—including fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mandolin—may be heard on numerous solo and collaborative recordings as well as at dances and jam sessions, where Rachel is dedicated to fostering community and sharing a love of music with others.


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