April VerchSanta Clara Valley Fiddlers Association

Celebrity Workshop Series

April Verch — Canadian Fiddle Tune Workshop
Traditional fiddle tunes and styles

April 25, 2021
3:00pm- 4:30pm Pacific Time
Doors Open at 2:45

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There are many regional styles of fiddling in Canada including Ottawa Valley, Western Canadian, Métis, Maritime, Cape Breton and French Canadian. April will be choosing 2 tunes to teach, that represent 2 of these regions. Instruction will be “by ear” where April will break the tunes down slowly into small, repeatable sections.

Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association
the place to jam with other musicians!

Join acoustic musicians of all ages and levels at our First Sunday of the Month jam.

Fiddlers, guitars, dobros, mandolins jamming in San Jose Rose Garden.Sunday, May 1, 2021

FREE!  — Virtual Jam

1:00 – 2:00 PT  – Slow Jam
If you’re a beginner or learning a new instrument, join the slow jam. Then stay and play along with the up-tempo group.

If you want to learn some of the tunes frequently played at the slow jam, download the Slow Jam Tune List (sheet music). The tunes are also provided online at slow 60 BPM and a bit uptempo (90 BPM) so you can learn them and play along.  These can be played directly from the website. Listen to slow jam tunes here.

2:00 – 4:00 PT– Up-tempo Jam
Experienced musicians join in for some old time,  bluegrass, rags and reels or a Cajun two-step!

All traditional acoustic genres are welcome!

Learn a tune for an upcoming jam!

Want to learn a tune you’ve heard at a jam or on a recording? Over 200 tunes are provided in Pete’s Tune Collection with easy to use midi sound files, standard music notation, and ABC notation.

Early Beginners & Slow Jam Tunes

If you’re just starting to play an instrument or would prefer to play at a slower pace, we have a set of popular tunes for you to learn or play along with. These are tunes you’re probably going to hear in our monthly Slow Jams. They are the same tunes often played in uptempo old time and bluegrass jams. So learn them slow and then check them out in Pete’s Tune list when you’re ready to speed them up.

Midi recordings, standard and ABC notation are provided for most of the tunes. The list rotates from time to time, so be sure to check back to learn more tunes!

Early Beginners   Slow Jam Tunes


If you like to perform, join SCVFA. Numerous performance opportunities come our way throughout the year such at harvest festivals, school events, senior centers, private parties and celebrations.

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Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association members provide entertainment at a private event.


The Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association (SCVFA) represents close to 200 members from the San Francisco Bay area — from Gilroy to Berkeley, San Francisco to Santa Cruz. And the big surprise: we’re not all fiddlers!

SCVFA celebrates the breadth of music traditions which are based on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and guitar. “…traditional music constitutes the cultural heritage of our forefathers.”

We share a wide variety of styles including old-time, country music, bluegrass, western swing, Celtic, Scandinavian and other traditional styles.

Our music is played on acoustic instruments such as fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, upright basses, accordions, penny whistles, harmonicas, dulcimers, and more.  Learn more about SCVFA.

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As a member you will be part of a long tradition of supporting and sharing live music with friends, the local community and beyond.

The SCVFA is a California non-profit corporation, registered with the California Registry of Charitable Trusts. We are classified by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3). Donations to the SCVFA can generally be deducted from the donor’s Federal (and often state) income tax. Consult your tax advisor about your specific situation.

We are also supported by our members through dues, individual donations and participation in our public performances, as well as by monthly Jam attendees and newsletter advertisers — particularly Kamimoto String Instruments.