Learn to make music with a handsaw! Two-time world champion of the musical saw Caroline McCaskey will show you how to create beautiful melodies on the saw, even if you don't play any other instrument! Get out to the garage, dust off the saw, and let's make some music! (Oh, and please be careful; it's sharp.)
- Students will need: a handsaw
- a rubber mallet (the handle of something is fine, or a bouncy ball on a dowel)
- a bow for a violin, viola, cello or bass
- Musical Saw
In demand as both a teacher and performer, Caroline spends her weekdays teaching Suzuki violin and fiddle in the San Francisco Bay Area. Weekends find her gigging with the contra dance band StringFire! and making YouTube videos playing the musical saw. She is the founder of AltStrings, LLC, which strives to make non-classical string instrument education accessible to classical musicians and students everywhere through books, sheet music, videos, and scholarships.
Caroline grew up playing the fiddle with the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, and has been involved teaching at Fiddlekids Day Camp for over a decade. She also teaches cello and musical saw at Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp. She is the author of "How to Read Bass Clef on the Piano: A Musician's Guide and Workbook for the Left Hand" available through Hal Leonard.