Musical Saw Workshops

at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
525 Wardlaw Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0L9

If you can sing, whistle or hum a tune, you can play the musical saw!”

The musical saw is an American folk music instrument with its roots originating in the early 19th century. Somewhere in the Appalachian mountains an unknown and inquisitive musician first took a fiddle bow to the bent blade of his hand saw which he held firmly clamped between his knees. What probably began in a moment inspired by curiosity soon caught on and before long mountain music bands throughout the area had a member manipulating the blade of a common carpenter’s saw and stroking it with a well rosined bow.

Before 1900 musical saw playing was fairly rare outside Appalachia. By the early 1900’s its popularity began to spread across the United States. It’s popularity peaked on the musical hall stages of the 20’s and 30’s. During the Vaudeville days of the the 1920’s much of the acclaim the musical saw garnered was due to its use by the Weaver Brothers, one of America’s most successful entertainment groups of that era.

Join instructor Grant Simpson as he guides you through four weeks of musical saw instruction.
January 7: How to get a sound
January 14 How to play songs
January 21: How to Play together
January 28: Fun songs for the saw orchestra

Students can take 1 class only or all 4