Fiddle & Pick

Home of the Musical Heritage Center of Middle Tennessee // 615-646-9131

Welcome to the Fiddle & Pick website!

Welcome to the new website for Fiddle & Pick. The Fiddle & Pick is home of the Musical Heritage Center of Middle Tennessee at 456 Highway 70 in Pegram, TN at (615) 646-9131). Founded by music educator and Pegram resident Gretchen Priest-May, it is a place where people old and young can come to discover the joy found in making traditional music - mainly, but not limited to, music played on fiddles, banjos, mandolins, guitars and similar instruments - and in particular, music played in the Middle Tennessee region throughout its history. In addition to affordable private and group lessons, the Fiddle & Pick will feature workshops in advanced instrumental study.

This network page will keep you informed on the latest news and events at the center. Feel free to join and network with others, whether you are a current student or not.


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Location and Directions

The Fiddle & Pick building is located at 456 Highway 70 by Harpeth Clock & Quilt in Pegram, TN. See Mapquest for more detailed directions.

Directions: The Musical Heritage Center at the Fiddle & Pick is located 22 minutes west of downtown Nashville. Directions from downtown Nashville: It is at 456 Hwy 70 on the corner of Hwy 70 and Hannah Ford Drive. Go I40 West and take the second Bellevue exit; It is exit 196 which says, Bellevue /Newsom Station. Be sure to go Right after taking that exit (which is Hwy 70s in Bellevue). You come to a "T" in the road (a land mark is a "Narrows of the Harpeth sign" and also a newly built one room white steeple church which is in of you when you are at the "T". Be sure to go Left at the "T" (which is also Hwy 70 but going west. Then the first stop light (Hannah Ford Drive) you come to, you are there.

Parking Policy: As we welcome our next door neighbor, the Mud Puddle Art Center, we have implemented a new parking policy. Park in front of or in the back parking lot of the Fiddle & Pick, or park in the train station parking lot, which is huge, across the street. Parents with small children and seniors or other people that shouldn't have to park across the street can use the Mud Puddle lot if all of the Fiddle & Pick parking is full. Never block the passage that goes to the back parking lot. Never, never block the drive that goes to a residence behind the next door building. Please help us be good neighbors by taking this parking request seriously! Thank you!

Upcoming Events

 

Kelsey's Old Time Fiddle Workshop Series

Ongoing Events

 

 

 

 

 

New Teachers

 

Heather Conner - Download PDF (2 Pages)


 

 

 

 

 

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Set Dance Class

Posted by Gretchen Priest-May on March 31, 2014 at 5:49pm 0 Comments

It's time to set dance again!  Our next class is scheduled for Monday, March 31, from 6:30 to 7:45 at the Friends Meeting House.  That would be tomorrow.  Yikes!  Sorry for the short notice.

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March 2014 Calendar

Posted by Gretchen Priest-May on March 15, 2014 at 4:03pm 0 Comments





March 2014 Day by Day & Special Events Calendar



Mar 1 Sat “Cubs” Adult fiddle class (near beginner rising to intermediate level )



Mar 1 Sat Irish session (hosted-meets the 1st & 3rd Sat each month) 4:00-6:30 pm



Mar 2 Sun IRISH CELEBRATION 3:00-8:30 All ages Student fiddle concert 3:00 sharp



Mar 3 Mon Adult “U” Fiddle class (Irish tunes…

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February 2014 Calendar of News and Events

Posted by Gretchen Priest-May on January 27, 2014 at 12:17am 0 Comments

January Reflections:



Off to a good start this year with the First Friday Pickin' Party and it was uphill from there! The 2nd annual “Eighth of January” Old Time Music Weekend was well attended with all ages jamming at breakfast, watching mini concerts at lunch time and Potluck supper time. All ages and levels learning from our incredible staff leading workshops on fiddles, banjos, mandos, guitars, mountain dulcimer, singing and even flat footing! So…

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Gretchen Priest-May's blog post was featured

Set Dance Class

It's time to set dance again!  Our next class is scheduled for Monday, March 31, from 6:30 to 7:45 at the Friends Meeting House.  That would be tomorrow.  Yikes!  Sorry for the short notice. We will start on the North Kerry Set which is a great one for learning the "round the house" move and we might revisit a figure or two from previous classes.  So far we have danced the Kildownet Half Set, Antrim Square Set, and Aran Set.  Here are some representative youtube videos in case you want to take…See More
Mar 31
Gretchen Priest-May posted a blog post

Set Dance Class

It's time to set dance again!  Our next class is scheduled for Monday, March 31, from 6:30 to 7:45 at the Friends Meeting House.  That would be tomorrow.  Yikes!  Sorry for the short notice. We will start on the North Kerry Set which is a great one for learning the "round the house" move and we might revisit a figure or two from previous classes.  So far we have danced the Kildownet Half Set, Antrim Square Set, and Aran Set.  Here are some representative youtube videos in case you want to take…See More
Mar 31
Gretchen Priest-May's blog post was featured

April 2014 Calendar with Fliers

March “St Patty's month” reflections: I want to thank our music community for their support to the Center getting  us through a tough month. March started with a “bud” then kept blossoming! The students played beautifully at the Irish celebration. The weather held off till all the games, prizes, and dances were over! Then next was “Breakin' Up Winter” Old-Time Music Retreat followed by a whirlwind of St Pat's events. MHC was on location two places at the same time! The big Nashville contra…See More
Mar 28
Gretchen Priest-May posted a blog post

April 2014 Calendar with Fliers

March “St Patty's month” reflections: I want to thank our music community for their support to the Center getting  us through a tough month. March started with a “bud” then kept blossoming! The students played beautifully at the Irish celebration. The weather held off till all the games, prizes, and dances were over! Then next was “Breakin' Up Winter” Old-Time Music Retreat followed by a whirlwind of St Pat's events. MHC was on location two places at the same time! The big Nashville contra…See More
Mar 28
David Wilhite updated their profile
Mar 16
Gretchen Priest-May's blog post was featured

March 2014 Calendar

March 2014 Day by Day & Special Events Calendar Mar 1 Sat “Cubs” Adult fiddle class (near beginner rising to intermediate level ) Mar 1 Sat Irish session (hosted-meets the 1st & 3rd Sat each month) 4:00-6:30 pm Mar 2 Sun IRISH CELEBRATION 3:00-8:30 All ages Student fiddle concert 3:00 sharp Mar 3 Mon Adult “U” Fiddle class (Irish tunes series w/Gretchen) 7:30-9:30 pm Mar 4 Tues Old Time Jam night (self hosted) 7:00-9:30 pm (OT meets on 1st & 3rd Tues of the month...open and…See More
Mar 15
Gretchen Priest-May posted a blog post

March 2014 Calendar

March 2014 Day by Day & Special Events Calendar Mar 1 Sat “Cubs” Adult fiddle class (near beginner rising to intermediate level ) Mar 1 Sat Irish session (hosted-meets the 1st & 3rd Sat each month) 4:00-6:30 pm Mar 2 Sun IRISH CELEBRATION 3:00-8:30 All ages Student fiddle concert 3:00 sharp Mar 3 Mon Adult “U” Fiddle class (Irish tunes series w/Gretchen) 7:30-9:30 pm Mar 4 Tues Old Time Jam night (self hosted) 7:00-9:30 pm (OT meets on 1st & 3rd Tues of the month...open and…See More
Mar 15
Sheri Willis and Diane Runnells are now friends
Mar 2
Douglas Curnutte posted a blog post

Is there bluegrass gospel in heaven?

Fred and Silas picked some bluegrass gospel every morning before lunch at the retirement home. One day Fred asked Silas if he thought they would be able to pick bluegrass gospel when they got to heaven. Silas was sure he didn't have a clue but he hoped that they would.After they had eaten lunch they retired to their respective rooms for their afternoon naps. Well, that same afternoon, Fred passed away in his sleep. That very night Fred appeared to Silas in a dream."I've got good news and bad…See More
Feb 14
Brian Foti updated their profile
Feb 3
Warren Bone updated their profile
Jan 31
Gretchen Priest-May's blog post was featured

February 2014 Calendar of News and Events

January Reflections:Off to a good start this year with the First Friday Pickin' Party and it was uphill from there! The 2nd annual “Eighth of January” Old Time Music Weekend was well attended with all ages jamming at breakfast, watching mini concerts at lunch time and Potluck supper time. All ages and levels learning from our incredible staff leading workshops on fiddles, banjos, mandos, guitars, mountain dulcimer, singing and even flat footing! So fun to see everyone participating in the…See More
Jan 27
Gretchen Priest-May posted a blog post

February 2014 Calendar of News and Events

January Reflections:Off to a good start this year with the First Friday Pickin' Party and it was uphill from there! The 2nd annual “Eighth of January” Old Time Music Weekend was well attended with all ages jamming at breakfast, watching mini concerts at lunch time and Potluck supper time. All ages and levels learning from our incredible staff leading workshops on fiddles, banjos, mandos, guitars, mountain dulcimer, singing and even flat footing! So fun to see everyone participating in the…See More
Jan 27
Bobby Owen replied to Joseph Lipman's discussion Is there a Bluegrass Rookies Class on Thursday 1/23? in the group Bluegrass Rookies
"Yes, it is scheduled for tonight. Come early and join the slow jammers as well. It is always fun and starts at 6pm. See Ya, Bob."
Jan 23
Joseph Lipman added a discussion to the group Bluegrass Rookies
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Is there a Bluegrass Rookies Class on Thursday 1/23?

I've lost track for the status of this class. Is it still on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays?ThanksJoeSee More
Jan 22
Joseph Lipman joined Stan Lawrence's group
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Bluegrass Rookies

A blog for the folks attending Stan Lawrence's Bluegrass Rookies class on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.Post suggested material for study: songs, performing skills you'd like to develop, questions, etc. Comments on the previous classes welcome.  See More
Jan 22
Debbie Rhoden posted a status
"I bought a dulcimer at the recent Music Festival and couldn't be happier. Lee Cagle was a wonderful instructor and made it seem so easy."
Jan 15
Profile IconJoseph Lipman, Jim Sim, Melissa Scott and 11 more joined Fiddle & Pick
Jan 15
Gretchen Priest-May's blog post was featured

Interesting article

Here goes:This is a great article I would like to share. At the center I watch multiple levels of players and even great musicians that get excited to learn about a new genre.  I LOVE that excitement because I have it too. There is an underlying problem occasionally, which is that often a musician thinks that just because they are very fluent with one style (Jazz, rock, classical or any other style) that they automatically think they are an advanced player in a new style that they know nothing…See More
Jan 5
Gretchen Priest-May posted a blog post

Interesting article

Here goes:This is a great article I would like to share. At the center I watch multiple levels of players and even great musicians that get excited to learn about a new genre.  I LOVE that excitement because I have it too. There is an underlying problem occasionally, which is that often a musician thinks that just because they are very fluent with one style (Jazz, rock, classical or any other style) that they automatically think they are an advanced player in a new style that they know nothing…See More
Jan 5

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