TEACHING: Trick Fiddle Routine

Members of the Koehler-Foisy & Kelly families performing the trick called “the 6 headed Fiddle Monster!”

Members of the Koehler-Foisy & Kelly families performing the trick called “the 6 headed Fiddle Monster!”


I am calling string players — all ages and levels — (fiddle, violin, viola, cello & bass) to join me and Daniel Kelly on stage for some Trick & Fancy fiddling on the tune “Boil ‘em Cabbage ‘down!”


This year I am teaching several “Trick Fiddle Workshops” and inviting the participants to JOIN KOEHLER & KELLY on stage during our performances in New York State in Mumford, Watertown, Cranberry Lake, Plattsburgh and Canton! I thought I’d offer a whirlwind VIDEO LESSON with TIPS & TECHNIQUES so that players could start “fiddling around” with the routine before we meet in person!

In *Mumford and *Plattsburgh, NY I will be teaching formal Trick Fiddling workshops (60-90 minutes) where we will learn this routine and more! In Watertown, Cranberry Lake and Canton, NY I am inviting area string players to meet me before my performance for about 20 minutes so we can informally walk through the routine. (Free!) We will practice it again during the intermission and perform in the 2nd half of my show.


If you are interested in joining me on stage, please send a note through my website (www.gretchenkoehelrmusic.com) and I will give you more details and answer questions.

Here are the performances and the info I have so far..

August 15 Watertown, NY Free! https://trinityconcerts.org/

August 16 Cranberry Lake, NY Free! http://www.gretchenkoehlermusic.com/new-events/2019/8/16/koehler-amp-kelly

*August 17 Mumford, NY This is a Fiddle Festival where I am on staff and offering formal workshops. For ticket info: https://www.gcv.org/events/old-time-fiddlers-fair

*November 16 Plattsburgh, NY I will be offering a formal workshop, more info TBA: I have requested that prices be low for participants. This will be an INCREDIBLE an on stage experience for players at this historic theatre and I highly recommend being part of it! Concert info: http://www.strandcenter.org/strand-theatre/upcoming-events.php?page=3

February 11, Canton, NY Free! http://www.gretchenkoehlermusic.com/new-events/2019/4/11/koehler-amp-kelly



Watch this video lesson about the elements of the “Trick & Fancy routine” … and then you can practice along with a performance video.


If you would like to know even more about TRICK FIDDLING, I have a blog FULL of picture & videos and more…— TEACHING: The Art of Trick Fiddling

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