Bobby Hicks at Berklee

Fiddle master Bobby Hicks spent some time at the Berklee College of Music in Boston earlier this month, just prior to the Joe Val Festival. Berklee professor (and banjo instructor) Dave Hollender sent along a brief report on the master class Hicks convened for fiddlers at the school.

Bobby Hicks jamming with Dominick Leslie and Mike Barnett at BerkleeBobby spent about three hours playing with and coaching Berklee students who attended the master class on 2/12. The main focus was on how to play fiddle on bluegrass songs – breaks, backup, etc. He emphasized the importance of playing in tune, knowing the melody really well, and the fact that it is the bow that really gives players their own voice.

He demonstrated some great twin fiddling with Mike Barnett, a student who studied with Bobby before enrolling at Berklee.

It was clear that Bobby had a great time and the session ended with he and a large group of students playing some fiddle tunes he had recorded years ago with Bill Monroe – with Bobby and everyone else grinning from ear-to-ear.

Bobby Hicks at Berklee with Dominick Leslie, Mike Barnett and Eric Robertson -  photo by Hannah Read    Bobby Hicks jamming with students in the Berklee traditional string principal program- photo by Hannah Read    Bobby Hicks at Berklee - Nicki Singleton, Robyn Jesson, Bobby Hicks, Dominick Leslie and Mike Barnett