Americana Music Profile – Violinist, Annie Savage grew up learning to play via the Suzuki method from the age of two. By age 10 she was jamming in bluegrass circles in southeastern Iowa, and Missouri. She went on to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy and eventually pursue an active classical music career on the east coast. After years of recitals, auditions and academic music study , she developed a passion for jamming and creating music in the moment, by ear.
“Jamming was the skill that allowed me to not only enjoy music to its fullest extent, but it’s what even the great composers had done when they were writing all of the classical pieces I’d been playing,” Annie says. “Even more interesting, more often than not, it was reading chords and playing by ear that allowed me to actually make a living as a musician.”
Annie eventually crafted a new learning style called the Savage Fiddler Method that combines playing by ear first, learning to read music next, and then jamming with others. She sees her mission as a “total world domination through small, vibrating wooden boxes,” recently releasing her second instruction book, Join The Jam, during the annual World of Bluegrass convention and festival in Raleigh, NC where she was a featured workshop presenter.
Along with her band, The Savage Hearts, Annie has just released her new recording project, Playing It Forward. In October of 2016 it reached the number one spot on the international folk charts, and the single release, “Age,” a Jim Croche classic cover, reached the number two spot. “It just seemed a fitting look at how life changes and progresses,” she said while referring to a pivotal moment in her own career. “I reached a point in my career several years ago that I would have called a pinnacle while I was playing with Jeff Scroggin’s band, Colorado,” Annie said, “I thought that is where I would finish my career and for various reasons, it didn’t go that way.”
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