I have just finished a week long fiddle class at the John C. Campbell Folk School. It was a large class with 14 fiddlers from all walks of life. The Folk School is known for bringing folks together. Our instructor for the week was Cathy Grant. Cathy is a great instructor. She was able to explain everything a dozen different ways so that everyone was able to make a connection. We worked on a few new tunes, but more importantly we learned how to give any tune drive and rhythm. One tune in particular "Spootiskerry" (sp?), which we dubbed "spooky and scary" was a great choice for ear training (learning to play by ear). I can't say that I can yet play the tune or would ever really want to learn it, but it is one I will revisit when I think I could use some ear exercise. On Friday, the last day of class, all the students gather to show what they have done over the course of a week. This week at the Folk School there were painters, jewelers, spinners and weavers, wood carvers, wood workers, wood turners, bakers, basket makers, quilters, potters, creative writers, and our fiddle class. The fiddle class started things off with our rendition of Spotted Pony and Cluck old Hen. Many of the people in these classes have never before worked in that medium and it was amazing what people can accomplish with the encouragement of good instructors and their peers. If you are ever looking for a great way to rejuvenate your creative self, look into the John C. Campbell Folk School.