10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED------ Cathy Barton
SATURDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS
FOUR CHOICES EVERY HOUR
1:00 TO 1:50
Sarah Morgan - MD Beginner
It can be difficult to really enjoy jamming or playing
on your own when you are utterly dependent on tablature.
The goal of this class is to help you become a more intuitive,
independent musician. The first half of class will consist of a
variety of simple ear training exercises that will help develop
your aural skills. In the second half, we will learn a tune (or two)
by ear. A recording device will come in very handy.
Tablature will be handed out after we learn the tune by ear.
Lorinda Jones MD
Experience the joy of making music with other players.
We’ll work with 2, 3 and 4-part arrangements in a
variety of styles and genres.
Cathy Barton HD Beginner/Novice
I’ve Learned The Tune. Now What?
This class will focus on learning an easy English country
dance tune in two parts, and then learning how to add simple
embellishments to make the tune more interesting.
We will explore chording, droning, using different octaves,
Matthew Dickerson HD Advanced
Playing Chords & Arpeggios With Melody
Push your dulcimer skills to the next level by learning to
turn the tunes you already know into solo masterpieces.
I will introduce methods of developing chords, arpeggios,
runs, and filler within any given melody.
2:00 TO 2:50
Robert Force MD All Levels
The Dulcimer Roll
This right hand technique creates an unvarying pattern
from which single notes are emphasized in the context of
the chord or passage being played. This is much easier than
it sounds and has been a fundamental, definitive technique of
Robert’s playing for 50 years. It is used alternately with the
strum to emphasize nuances within the melody. Few techniques
will offer as dramatic a new musical
landscape for you as will this.
Anne MacFie MD All Levels
Dulcimer for Altos
You’d like to sing with your dulcimer but haven’t got
Edith Bunker’s soprano voice to hit those notes in D?
Bring a baritone if you have one; if not, we’ll retune those
puppies to a key deep-voiced women can rock! Then sing
along with a fun assortment of folk and pop songs,
just for the pure enjoyment of it.
Sarah Morgan MD Intermediate/Advanced
Old-Time Tunes from Kentucky By Ear
Come learn some unique and fun old-time tunes that are
from the eastern mountains of Kentucky. Sarah will be teaching
these tunes by ear, breaking them down phrase by phrase,
and will hand out the tablature once we’ve learned it by ear.
Be ready to explore other tunings beside DAD and bring a capo.
CATHY BARTON HD Intermediate/Advanced
Some Great Dance Tunes in Am
This will be a workshop with an emphasis on repertoire, with
two to three tunes taught, from a traditional Virginia tune called
“Henry Reed’s Breakdown” to a contemporary California tune,
“Schottische Du Stockfish”. We’ll focus on learning the tunes,
then on how to add to the pieces using chords, syncopation,
arpeggios, etc. Bring a recording device if you have one.
DAVE PARA GUITAR Novice/Intermediate
(Will take whomever has a guitar.)
Strategies for Back-Up Guitar
You should know the basic chords and some way to strum them.
There are simple melodic lines and rhythmic tricks that make
accompaniment more musical than just a follow-along, and the
structure of the tunes themselves can suggest those tricks.
3:00 TO 3:50
Lorinda Jones MD Intermediate
Dance Tunes from the Emerald Isle
Learn some Irish tunes for dancing and repurposed
for beautiful melodies.
Robert Force MD Intermediate/Advanced
The unique, musical world-voice of the dulcimer
(and it's charm) resides in the pattern-based, two-stop chords.
Robert calls this the authentic dulcimer because no other
instrument can voice these sounds as well. These subtle,
partial chords imply harmony and tune direction, and as we
invite them into a tune, the truly-named "sweet sound" of
the dulcimer is illuminated. Secret (and easy!)
Harmonic enhancements will be revealed.
Matthew Dickerson HD HD
Right Hand, Left Hand Lead
Many HD players tend to associate themselves as a right hand
or left hand lead player. In this class discover the importance
of equally learning and using both with hands-on examples and
tunes to help you map out a song the way it should be
CATHY WILDE TINWHISTLE
Tin Whistle for Everyone!
If you're a beginner, we'll cover the basics like , proper grip,
tonguing/articulation, and a D scale, and I'll aim to teach you
a simple tune or two you can take home.
If you're more experienced, I'll use the same tune to teach
you some more advanced techniques like finger articulation in
the form of cuts, taps, and rolls that will add that Irish "accent"
to your tinwhistle playing. Either way, we'll have some fun with
this most versatile of instruments! Bring a tinwhistle in the
key of D and a recording device.
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