Fiddle Workshop with Mari Carlson

Sunday, February 26, 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

So, you can pretty much play the right notes at the right time, but it still doesn’t sound right. What is the key to that fiddle sound?

Using “Boil ‘Em Cabbage” and “Crawdad”, we’ll practice Five Fiddle Techniques:

  • Stepping to the beat
  • Using the left hand pinky
  • Bow articulation
  • Basic improv
  • Singing and playing at the same time

Students should bring their own instrument and be able to play a couple of basic tunes.

This workshop is geared towards adult and high school learners. Students under the age of 16 should speak to us prior to registration.

MARI CARLSON – A Rockville native, Mari Carlson has been playing violin since she was only three years old. After 25 years living in the Minneapolis area, Mari plays with “whatever-grass” band Cherry Blossom Special with 2 other SMT teachers, and some other fabulous musicians. She also plays for folk dances and in jazz and classical ensembles. She was trained in the Suzuki method and gravitates to that style of teaching as well. In the Suzuki method, students learn a set repertoire by ear, often in the company of other players. Mari incorporates movement training into her teaching, with games and activities that encourage the student to embody the rhythm and character of the piece.

Mari teaches traditional American, Swedish, and Irish folk fiddle as well as classical violin techniques and repertoire.


Takoma SPARK
7112 Willow Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912


We are following the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for health and safety. Students are encouraged to wash hands upon arrival.


We require a minimum of 3 attendees for all group classes & workshops. Classes will be cancelled if we have not met the 3-person minimum 72 hours in advance of the start time.

In the event of a cancellation, you may choose between either (1) a full refund, or (2) a full credit to private lessons or a future workshop.

$40 Workshop

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