Cookie Segelstein, Klezmer Fiddle WorkshopSanta Clara Valley Fiddlers Association

Celebrity Workshop Series

Cookie Segelstein —Klezmer Fiddle Workshop
Eastern European fiddle style ornaments, phrasing, rhythm and modes

June 27, 2021
12:00-1:30pm Pacific Time
Doors Open at 11:45 a.m.

This is a Zoom event. Get your FREE Tickets on Eventbrite

In Cookie’s workshop, you’ll be learning the nuts and bolts of this Eastern European style including ornaments, phrasing, rhythm and modes through 3 types of dance tunes: slow, medium, and fast. You’ll also learn about one of the listening improvisatory forms, the Doina, taken from Rumanian Shepherd songs.

We are thrilled to have Cookie as our “Grand Finale” Celebrity Series Workshop leader. This will be the last workshop in our 2021 series.

Tip Jar: 100% of tips go to Cookie. Be generous as you are able.                      

This is FREE online Zoom event. Get your free ticket on Eventbrite.

Fiddlers, guitars, dobros, mandolins jamming in San Jose Rose Garden.Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association
acoustic jamming for all levels

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

Sunday, July 4, 2021

  • FREE – In-Person Jam will take place at the Rose Garden Park in San Jose

See below for times and details about both of these jams!

Live Jam in the Rose Garden

Date: July 4, 2021

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Location: Rose Garden Park, San Jose (at Naglee and Garden Drive in San Jose)

A Bluegrass/County Jam and and Old Time Fiddle Tunes circle will be organized. We invite you to enjoy a bit of both!

If you’re a beginner or if you’re just want to learn some new tunes at a slower pace, we’re also offering a Slow Jam to get you started:

Slow Jam: 1:00 – 2:00pm (note: this may be moved to 1:30-2:30pm …TBD. Check back for updates.)


NOTE: Santa Clara County Covid restrictions will be be in effect for this event

These are the County’s June 2021 Covid Restrictions. Check back for updates before the July 4 jam.

  • Everyone must wear masks 
  • Maintain 6-foot distancing 
  • No wind instruments 
  • No shared food 
  • People who are singing are strongly encouraged to do so quietly (at or below the volume of a normal speaking voice). 
  • Don’t Attend This Gathering If You Feel Sick. 
  • Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 48 hours after attending a gathering should notify me (president [at] and/or other attendees as soon as possible.
  • The SCVFA banner will not be displayed. 

Even though many of our members are fully vaccinated, all must still follow the above limitations and masks are a must!

Remember to bring chairs. The weather should be mild/warm, but we always recommend you bring a jacket or sweater.

July 4, 2021 Jam — Facebook Live!

Many of our music friends are unable to attend our live event or prefer to wait before attending a live group event. We’ve got you covered!

Our goal is to include as many people as possible in our jams, so we’re going to be experimenting with a Facebook Live feed on July 4!

We haven’t done this before, and we’re still working out some of the details.  This will be a FREE EVENT—no registration required, but you will need a Facebook account.

Updates about the Facebook Live event will be posted here. So check back frequently for the latest information.

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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.

Enjoy this and other benefits when you become a member of SCVFA. Join Today!

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.

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