Coleman Smith is a world-renowned crossover violinist. Coleman, a 30-plus-year veteran of violin performance and education, blends an understanding of classical, jazz, folk, country, and bluegrass elements into his performances and workshops. Coleman started playing the violin at 3 years old. In his youth, Coleman traveled across the country studying various styles of fiddle music and competing in some of the nation’s most prestigious fiddle contests. He won the prestigious Bob Wills Fiddle contest several times in his home state of Texas and was awarded a Presidential scholarship to the music department at Marywood University where he studied music performance and minored in music pedagogy. Coleman has a unique style that fuses Gypsy Swing, Jazz, Celtic, Bluegrass, and Texas Fiddle, all from a classical perspective. Currently, Coleman travels the world, including an annual tour in India with The Bluegrass Journeymen and an annual tour throughout Europe with Rapidgrass where he both performs and leads workshops for Europe’s largest bluegrass festival. When Coleman is not performing with primary band Rapidgrass he is either teaching at his music school Coletrain Music Academy, performing with David Lawrence & The Spoonful, or guesting with a wide variety of incredible artists including but not limited to The Drew Emmit Band, David Grisman, Billy Cardine, Jeff Austin Band, Peter Rowan, Pete Wernick, and Pheobe Hunt & The Gatherers.
Fiddle Workshop: Intermediate – Advanced
Course Description: In this workshop, we will take a look at violin/fiddle techniques, discuss topics of music theory, work on different accompaniment styles, and improvisation. Students will also learn and choose from a variety of pre-prepared songs. It will be a totally interactive experience where students can ask specific questions and everyone will be encouraged to participate and create beautiful music together. This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to gain an understanding of his or her instrument.
What to bring:
- Extra strings
- Music Stand