Rayna Gellert

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  • Rayna Gellert

    This show was on Dec 17th, 2017 | 52 people watched
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    • Dec 17
      Hi Rayna, You probably remember me, but I reached out to you about our mutual connection with Dave Stallard a few years back. I think I also mentioned that my wife is good friends with Ann Grodnik who you may have known from days in ... Bloomington?? Anyhow, thanks for the lesson! I always loved this tune from your first album. I'm new to the online lesson thing. I'll check out your website. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    • Dec 17
      Rayna is very patient with questions and clear in her explanations of the details of her technique. This is very difficult because phrasing in old time fiddling varies with each pass through the tune, giving vitality and variety to each phrase.
    • Dec 18
      What was your favorite part of the performance? Been listening to your music for a long time. Was fun to have an hour to hang out and hear you talk about your approach. Best part was when you isolated the little trills and slides, double stops, unisons, double strings, etc. I could have learned the tune from listening to a recording, but would have probably missed the subtle embellishments. thanks so much.
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  • Fiddle Workshop w/Rayna :)

    This show was on Oct 29th, 2017 | 72 people watched
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    • Oct 29
      Is there anyway I can get a taped class? I couldn't make it to this one.
    • Coy
      Oct 29
      Thank you Rayma. It was great. I only had trouble with that 3rd section of the A part but I’ll listen and figure it out. And I’m going to order some of your tea!
    • Oct 29
      Your comments re flexible bowing (expressing detail important to you) and tone (balance between bow speed and pressure) were spot on. Excellent teaching. Suggest you include a focus on the end phrase of each part - it helps to know the destination. Geoff (UK).
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Rayna Gellert grew up in a musical family, and has spent most of her life immersed in the sounds of rural stringband music, heartfelt gospel songs, and old ballads. After honing her fiddle skills playing at jam sessions and square dances, Rayna fell into a life of traveling and performing. Her fiddle albums are widely celebrated in the old-time music community, and she has recorded with a host... more

Rayna Gellert grew up in a musical family, and has spent most of her life immersed in the sounds of rural stringband music, heartfelt gospel songs, and old ballads. After honing her fiddle skills playing at jam sessions and square dances, Rayna fell into a life of traveling and performing. Her fiddle albums are widely celebrated in the old-time music community, and she has recorded with a host of musicians in a variety of styles – including Scott Miller, Robyn Hitchcock, Tyler Ramsey, Sara Watkins, Loudon Wainwright III, John Paul Jones, and Abigail Washburn. From 2003 through 2008, Rayna was a member of the acclaimed stringband Uncle Earl, with whom she released two albums on Rounder Records and toured like mad. Her most recent release is a collection of original and traditional songs titled "Workin's Too Hard" (StorySound Records 2017). New music from her duo with Kieran Kane will be coming out in Feb 2018!

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