PHOTO: PAUL ANDREWS

                                                                                                           PHOTO: PAUL ANDREWS

BETSE ELLIS INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY

From Fayetteville, Arkansas

B.A. in Music - University of Missouri-Kansas City
B.A. in English - University of Missouri-Kansas City

42 years on violin so far; 25+ years on fiddle

received Old time fiddle instruction from Violet Hensley, Suzy Thompson, Brad Leftwich, Art Stamper

Over 18 years teaching experience

 

Teaches fiddle workshops, camps, and private lessons - including previous instruction at Targhee Music Camp, Fiddle Tunes at Centrum, Folk Alliance International Winter Music Camp, Musique Acoustique (Belgium), Montana Fiddle Camp, Earful of Fiddle, Old Town School of Folk Music, Dusty Strings, St. Louis Folk and Roots Festival, Ozark Folk Center, Walnut Valley Music Festival, Wintergrass, Kluane Mountain Music Camp, and more

 

Focus on technique

  • Right Hand: Communicating with the bow, dimensional bowing, iconic patterns, tone production, bow conservation
  • Left Hand: Knowing the fingerboard, efficient fingering, ergonomic hand position, tone coloring, relative pitch
  • Timing, theory, expressiveness, respecting the source, metaphorical approach, the journey of a fiddle tune and fiddler, supporting development, tenets of practice


Workshop Topics include

  • Help for Frustrated Fiddlers
  • Singing with the Fiddle
  • Ozark Heroes
  • Iconic Bowing Elements
  • John Hartford’s Favorite Tunes & Fiddlers
  • Howdy Theory for Fiddlers
  • Fermenting a Fiddle Tune
  • Seconding and Backup Techniques


Performance Highlights: co-founder of Betse & Clarke (2014-present), touring US (also Ireland tour, summer 2016)/ solo US and Canada tours 2012-2014/ co-founder of The Wilders, touring internationally until 2013;  past performances at Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Folk Alliance International Conference, IBMA Fan Fest, Walnut Valley Music Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Grey Fox Festival, Targhee Bluegrass Festival, Blackpot Festival, Portland Old Time Gathering, and plenty more from 1996-present…


Remember one thing… Don’t Forget the Love!

 


Full biography and more: http://www.fiddlebetse.com