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Old Time Rhythm Section with Andrew Small and Ashlee Watkins

May 26, 2021 @ 3:00 pm 4:30 pm

Rain Date: June 9

The Handmade Music School presents Old Time Rhythm Section: Building an Ensemble Sound with Character with Andrew Small and Ashlee Watkins on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 3:00 – 4:30pm EDT. This workshop will be held outdoors in the backyard of the Floyd Country Store in downtown Floyd, VA following COVID-19 guidelines. Cost is $30.

Andrew Small & Ashlee Watkins

With a focus on the rhythmic building blocks within old time music ensembles, this workshop will provide participants with a clearer understanding of the complementary roles of the various instruments and how they lock in to create a tight ensemble sound. We will explore how to be more responsive within a musical setting and how different instruments can use simple tools like leading lines, bass runs, chord voicings, and strumming patterns to tastefully embellish and add character to an ensemble. We will consider musical space as we compare various instrument combinations and determine how we might approach adding another accompanying voice to the mix. All instruments are welcome in this workshop!

About Ashlee and Andrew

Ashlee Watkins and Andrew Small are active teachers and performers of old time, bluegrass, and country music. Their band, the New Macedon Rangers is a regular at the Floyd Country Store’s Friday Night Jamborees and they have won many awards for their playing and singing at fiddlers’ conventions and festivals regionally and around the globe.

Handmade Music School COVID-19 Guidelines

All Handmade Music School instructors are fully vaccinated now and we are following all CDC guidelines for safe outdoor gatherings. This workshop will be capped at 10 participants and will be held outdoors with social distancing requirements in place. Please wear a mask for this workshop to ensure the comfort and safety of all participants.

Please read our outdoor events page for details on what to expect during our outdoor workshops.

We ask that everyone follow our safety protocols and requests in order to make these outdoor events safe and fun for all of us!


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