For students who would like to learn the basics needed to start right from scratch.
Required Skills: None
Since his Plymouth, Michigan, childhood Bruce has had an interest in fiddling and square dancing. An elder cousin spun 78 RPM fiddle records by “the Henry Ford Orchestra” while he called dances in his barn. Hearing broadcasts of the Renfro Valley (KY) Barn Dance on WJR Detroit was an asset, too. In 1976 Bruce took up the fiddle in earnest and with his exposure to the fiddlers at the Wheatland Music Festivals, and a growing collection of recordings, he determined to learn to play. Twenty years later the opportunity came along to teach fiddling and the students have been coming ever since.
Bauman along with Wheatland alumni Nic Gareiss, co-founded the Earful of Fiddle Music & Dance Camp in 2009 which provides four days of classes in all levels of percussive dance, traditional fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and group singing classes.
There are four instructional recordings available from the Earful of Fiddle Tune Library, and Bruce fiddles on two string band recordings of the Rhythm Billies from 2004 and 2008.