These How To's can also be found on the Whova event website (or the Whova Mobile app) in the How To Resource (for registered attendees). Also take a look at Q&A for FH - that may help to answer your questions, including COVID precautions and requirements.
Click on a How To item below to see the Answer.
Fiddle Hell is in person in November - but we use a helpful app called "Whova".
Whova is the online event system that helps you access agenda details, download handouts, see messages and announcements, visit the virtual exhibits, ask questions about sessions or in general, and (optionally) connect with other attendees.
Whova is optional at Fiddle Hell, but we highly recommend using it on your phone, tablet, or laptop during the Festival. The attendees at the last four ONLINE Fiddle Hells have used Whova and been quite pleased with it. We'll assist you with Whova if needed when you're at Fiddle Hell.
Once you've bought your Fiddle Hell ticket, you'll need to set up your Whova account and sign in as described below.
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For iPhones and iPads, here's the Whova app you're looking for in the App Store preview: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/whova-event-conference-app/id716979741
Here's how to get apps on an iPad: https://support.apple.com/guide/ipad/get-apps-ipad9b4cea76/ipados
For Android phones and Android tablets, here's the Whova app you're looking for in the Play Store preview: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whova.event
For laptops and desktops, no app is needed. The Whova Web portal for Fiddle Hell is at https://whova.com/portal/webapp/fhof_202211/
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For smart phones, iPads, tablets or other mobile devices, download the Whova Event & Conference App.
If you already have a Whova account (perhaps from Fiddle Hell Online), sign in with your email address and password, and look for the event "Fiddle Hell In-Person - Fall 2022". You might have to search events for "fiddle" to find the right one. If you don't have a Whova account, sign up with the same exact email address used for your registration as an attendee and a password you create, and then look for the event.
For a LAPTOP or DESKTOP computer, ideally with the Chrome browser, go to www.fiddlehellwestford.com (not www.fiddlehell.com).
If you already have a Whova account (perhaps from Fiddle Hell Online), sign in with your email address and password. If you don't have a Whova account, where it says "Don't have an account?" click "Sign up here". Sign in with the same exact email address used for your registration as an attendee, and create a new password. On a laptop or desktop computer, you don't need to download any software - the Whova Web Portal is browser-based.
If you are asked for an "invitation code" when you're using an iPad or other mobile device to set up your Whova account, make sure to download the Whova Event & Conference App first and use the App to set up your account. Then you should be able to see Fiddle Hell right away as one of "My Events" or you can seach for it in "Find My Event".
If you are asked for an "invitation code" when you're using a laptop or desktop to set up your Whova account, it's usually because you're using a different email address than the one you gave when you bought your Fiddle Hell ticket. Please try again, using the same email address you gave when you bought your FH ticket. Fiddle Hell staff can help if needed.
There were several thousand attendees who were users of Whova at our Fiddle Hell Online festivals. Some will be there in November in person, and may be able to help you out.
Also, you may find the answers you need (how to sign in, how to use Whova) at our Q&A page.
During Fiddle Hell, we are planning to have a technical person in the Registration Room at peak times to assist with Whova.
Sessions on the agenda are arranged by date and time, with 20 to 30 minute breaks between sessions.
At many time slots, you'll find a CONCERT . At most time slots, you'll find a JAM and up to 16 WORKSHOPs .
WORKSHOPs are listed in order of difficulty for a given time slot.
L1 L2 L3 L4 describe levels of difficulty and pace (more info on levels here).
Styles describe various traditional music styles; many sessions cover more than one style.
Instruments are those targeted by the workshop or jam.
Instructors (not always in order) are shown with the instruments they're using for this session.
Descriptions give you exciting details of workshops.
Use the date and track filters to focus on particular attributes, or use the very helpful search box.
Click on an instructor's name to see bio and sessions.
The schedule is subject to changes in session days, times and details.
There are 20 concerts, 32 jams, and 360 workshops. During each of the four days Nov 3-6, we'll alternate 60-minute sessions with 30-minute breaks. A few sessions will be 70 minutes instead, with a 20-minute break at the end. In many time slots, you'll find a concert. In most time slots, we'll have a jam, and up to 15 workshops (except during the Saturday Night Concert).
To decide which sessions to attend, look at the style (such as Old-Time, Irish, Scottish, New England, Bluegrass, etc.), the target instruments (such as fiddle, cello, guitar, mandolin, banjo, ...), the instructors or performers, the level of the session, and of course the session title and description. It's fun to stretch out and try a new style or instrument - or just to relax and watch a fun concert.
You can attend any sessions you want without the need to sign up for them. A few sessions may have capacity limits based on room size.
Here's how to view and download handouts from specific workshops and jams (or even all sessions).
Attend a mixture of concerts, jams, and workshops.
Take time off for friends, informal jams, food, and walking around (or stretching).
Late night jams are fun, but you might want to sleep in a bit the next morning.
Helpful videos! Of course, not everyone does it the same way. And, change your strings at your own risk.
Fiddle - Short Version from SHAR Music
Fiddle - Long Version from Kennedy Violins
Cello - Medium Version from Nan Kemberling
Mandolin - Short Version from Long & McQuade
Mandolin - Long Version from Nate Lee
Guitar - Short Version from Martin Guitars
Old-Time Banjo - Long Version from Deering Banjo Co
Old-Time Banjo - Quite Long Version from BanjoLemonade
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