Betse Ellis at the Duluth Folk School
July 12, 2019

See-Saw and That’s Not All: Old Time Fiddle Bowing

  •  August 3, 2019
     1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Before the Betse & Clarke concert later this same day, Betse Ellis will be offering a fiddle master class!

Great fiddlers develop an inherent understanding of how to utilize their bow. Legendary old time fiddlers and their recordings exhibit extraordinary bowing styles, and we gain much from studying how these fiddlers made the sounds they produced. Magnifying the tiny aspects of a larger picture brings illumination to the whole. Learn how to recognize the sound of iconic bowing elements, and even better, how to make it intrinsic to your style!

Focus on right hand technique

  • Iconic bowing elements
  • Three-dimensional bowing
  • Tone production
  • Bow conservation
  • Communicating with the bow

Registration Includes

Instruction and lots of opportunities to play and learn!

Skill Level

Open to all levels; beginners, if it moves along faster than you can keep up with, you’ll get lots of ideas for practice.

Best for Ages…

13 and older

You should bring…

Bring your fiddle and bow, and bring a recorder of some kind, ideally video (phone recording is fine).


1917 W Superior St, Duluth Folk School Library, Duluth, Minnesota, 55806, United States


The Library is upstairs in the Duluth Folk School/Dovetail Cafe building.

Duluth Folk School Library Classroom

Note: The Library is up one flight of stairs, and we do not have an elevator.


Question or comment?


Duluth Folk School
1917 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 481-7888


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