The Handmade Music School is offering a series of one-hour afternoon workshops as part of the Floyd County Old Time Music Get-Together on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the the Floyd EcoVillage in Floyd County, Virginia. Cost is $25 per workshop.
Understanding Tune Structure (and how this helps your playing) with Adam Hurt and Beth Hartness
Friday, March 20 from 3:00-3:50pm
Event Center Downstairs Room 2 @ the Floyd EcoVillage
This is a listening/discussion-based workshop for players of all instruments in which I play a number of familiar and unfamiliar tunes and the group helps me chart its structure on a dry-erase board, listening for unique versus recycled content in two-measure “phrases” and then single-measure “fragments.” It is super fun and really helps those who are intimidated by the thought of learning tunes on the fly.
About the Instructors
Deemed a “banjo virtuoso” by the Washington Post, Adam Hurt has fused several traditional old-time idioms to create his own elegantly innovative clawhammer banjo style, having been introduced to the instrument at age eleven in his native Minnesota. A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, Adam has played at the Kennedy Center, conducted banjo and fiddle workshops at many venues around the country and abroad, and been featured on the cover of Banjo Newsletter. Since moving south in 2002, Adam has placed in or won most of the major old-time banjo competitions, including three first-place finishes at Clifftop, and he has claimed several state banjo and fiddle championships.
Raised on a tobacco farm in Caswell County, North Carolina, Beth Williams Hartness taught herself to play the guitar at age twelve to accompany her singing. She eventually developed her own unique finger-picking style. Beth was a founding member of the Charlotte, NC Folk Music Society. She has been a member of numerous prize-winning bands at Clifftop and other fiddlers’ conventions. Her playing is featured on various recordings of old-time music, including The Young Fogies II. For the last decade, Beth has been performing with Adam Hurt throughout the United States as well as in Australia and the United Kingdom.