2007 WOTFA Workshop

The Washington Old Time Fiddler's Association hosts a week long workshop each year. I attended for the first time this year and it was a wonderful way to spend the week.

I entered the Lower Intermediate class taught by Leslie Beck (she's from Idaho). Leslie is a great teacher. Although the class had varying degrees of experience, she kept us at just the right pace to learn 20 songs over 5 days. That's a lot of songs, but she made it fun. Plus she provided notation and a CD of her playing each song (including slower versions of the fast songs).

On top of 5 hours of class each day, they offered one hour mini-workshops each afternoon, and you could jam at night with all sorts of folks. I did not have any jamming experience before this workshop, but I feel confident now about joining (or just listening when appropriate) any jam.

I had a great time meeting other WOTFA members, and I pretty much walked around the whole week with a big grin on my face.

I am totally inspired. If you are interested in old time and other music genres like country swing; scandinavian; dance music like jigs, square, waltzes; and more you definitely want to check out this friendly group.Ø