PDX Cajun Tune Workshop/Jam, Sun. Dec. 17

Hey all you fans of tabasco-flavored two-steps, stomps, and more…come learn “Empty Bottle Stomp” –a way-cool A-modal dance tune with a lot of old-time fiddle buzz.” What, you may ask, is a stomp? Well, cher, a stomp is like a one-step, but with a healthy extra dose of attitude. After learning the basic melody, we’ll explore how to embellish it and improvise on it — dress it up, dress it down! We’ll also learn fun-to-do, fun-to-listen-to harmony lines and chords for you back-up players. By the time you leave, you’ll be ready to play “Empty Bottle Stomp” at your next dance or jam session! The tune will be taught by ear. To register, go to the December 17 workshop registration page on the Classes & Workshops drop-down menu.

This workshop will be followed by a snack and beverage potluck at 2:30pm and a jam session from 3-4:30pm. (or later, who knows?)

WHAT: Cajun Tune Workshop

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 17, 1-2:30pm

WHERE: Home of Tia Regan & Ned Leager, 1935 SE 56th Ave., Portland

INSTRUMENTS: Fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, concertina and accordion (piano accordion and button accordion welcome; button accordionists need a D box)

COST: $20-30 sliding scale

WHO IS THIS FOR: If you are able to get your way around your instrument on a dozen or more tunes without your hair catching on fire, can pick up simple tunes by ear (this one is very accessible), and have some background with OT, Cajun, French-Canadian, Irish, or contra tunes, this workshop is for you!