Michael Ismerio

Below are examples of my unique teaching style.  Get in touch with me if you are interested in fiddle lessons, group workshops, or short or long term internships. 

I am accepting private students and offer online lessons.

michael.ismerio@gmail.com

 Give Me A Chaw of Tobacco

 

 Old Corn Liquor

Sail Away Ladies

Jenny Run Away in the Mud in the Night

Rabbit Where's Your Mammy

Doodlebug

Flatfoot in the Ashes

Lady of the Lake

Workshops:

Basics of Old Time Bowing Workshop

Bowing Hand Techniques For Southern Fiddle Tunes

Since 2006 I've been teaching & refining a workshop I've designed on Old Time bowing.

This is a two hour workshop focusing on identifying, naming, slowing down but mostly playing the exciting rhythms, pulses, and drones that give Old Time fiddling it's distinctive sound. The object is to point out and demystify the half of old time fiddling that often gets neglected; the bowing hand. In the workshop I break down each of the bowing movements or rhythms that I use, teach the group to replicate them and then play them in the context of a melody. Once the group has a handle on the rhythm then we shift the focus to think about how you would teach those rhythms to others in your community thus creating a community of teachers. It's part learning, part teaching, and part having fun.  Basically, It's the workshop I wish I had taken years ago when I first started fiddling.

This workshop uses mostly your bow hand to get your muscle memory used to playing the rhythms.  It's appropriate for all levels of fiddlers, beginner or advanced, young or old, and anyone who is interested in teaching techniques.

Let me know if you want me to come teach it in your town.

 

Below are the Bowings and Melodies I use to teach the workshop:

All the tunes below are in cross G tuning (GDGD)

Give Me a Chaw of Tobacco (Bowing) (Right Click to Download Mp3)

Give Me a Chaw of Tobacco (Melody) (Right Click to Download Mp3)

Old Corn Liquor (Bowing) (Right Click to Download Mp3)

Old Corn Liquor (Melody) (Right Click to Download Mp3)

Sail Away Ladies (Bowing) (Right Click to Download Mp3)

Sail Away Ladies (Melody) (Right Click to Download Mp3)

Jenny Run Away In The Mud In The Night (Bowing) (Right Click to Download Mp3)

Jenny Run Away In The Mud In The Night (Melody) (Right Click to Download Mp3)

Rabbit Where's Your Mammy (Bowing) (Right Click to Download Mp3)

Rabbit Where's Your Mammy (Melody) (Right Click to Download Mp3)

Old Time Tunes: The Melody of Bowing

This intermediate workshop builds off of my Basics of Bowing workshop and will use my same unique teaching style to help build your tune repertoire. I will be using the same tools that I teach in the bowing workshop but this time focusing on joining the bowing patterns with the melody. Two or three old time tunes will be taught.

Square Dance Calling De-constructed (What are Traditional southern squares?)

What goes on in the mind of a caller? how do you keep track of all the dancers?, know what to say? and when to make the calls? How do you efficiently teach the dances? What makes traditional southern square dancing different from Contra Dancing and modern western square dancing? What do you need to tell the musicians? How do you keep people excited and having fun?

If you have asked yourself any of these questions then this workshop is for you. We will get to the core of what makes traditional southern square dancing unique and fun and give you the building blocks you will need to call your own dances. This workshop will be equally interesting for beginning or experienced callers even if you have never called a dance before.