9:15am Tunes My Grandfather Taught to Me:
Dan will teach some wonderful tunes learned from good friend Sterl VanArsdale of Frusburg NY . The VanArsdales
learned to play the dulcimer one phrase at a time from their grandfather and Vaudeville great Jesse Martin!
Deciphering Dance Tunes:
Learn the ins and outs of dance tunes, melody, form, rhythm, and tune construction.
Several tunes will be taught to demonstrate how dance tunes are set up and work.
2:15pm Rag Time Rhythm: Advanced
Dan will teach some traditional, modern and original tunes that feature the Rag Time Rhythm.
9:15am The Five-Note Hymn: Novice
This workshop will teach the old traditional hymn, “When I Survey the
Wondrous Cross” made up of five notes with plenty of room for graceful embellishments of arpeggios, grace notes, etc.
This workshop will teach several embellishment ideas that can be applied to any tune and will you will leave with various
performance-ready arrangements of the tune.
10:45am Soldier’s Joy 104:
This is not a tune workshop. Taking the basic melody line of Soldier’s
Joy, you will learn to “mix it up” learning to improvise and embellish on the fly. If you play any tune ten times
through, you will learn the techniques and skills to play it ten different ways, never having to play the tune the same way
twice. Stop playing someone else’s arrangement, play what is in your head, not what is written down on a piece of paper
in front of you!
3:45pm THIS CLASS IS FULL The 8-N0te Miracle Lick:
This little eight note lick will open up new ways to play your instrument
and will really “fancify” your playing with a syncopated fill in for those fast tunes. Or slow it down for a graceful
fill-in lick for those slow tunes that need some embellishment. This “go-to” lick is easy to learn and can be
applied to almost any tune and will really change the way you play the hammered dulcimer.
9:15am Discovery I – New players w/ little to no experience
In these workshops we'll learn all the anatomy and physiology of the HD from parts, finding
you way around the beast, care & feeding, hammers, some rudiments and techniques, and finally learn two familiar tunes.
These are geared to folks who are interested in learning to play but have no real previous background with the hammered dulcimer.
10:45am Discovery II
(Discovery 1 - Cont)
Making for Good Dulcimer Arrangements:
In this class we will explore What Makes for a Good Dulcimer Arrangement,
Separate Hands Techniques, Unusual Chords and Where They Live, Use of Ornamentation, Plucking/Dampening. As time permits, we will also try to address students' individual performance questions.
2:15pm Chords, Voicings & Dynamics:
Topics covered in this class include:
Chords and When to Use Them, The Importance of Dynamics, Making Arrangements
More Interesting, Easy Voicings For Some Hard to Play Chords, Left-Hand Melodies (Separating the Hands,) How to Play Rhythm
3:45pm The Basics of Making Music:
This session will introduce the beginner to the basics of making music on
the hammered dulcimer, including - How to Hold the Hammers, Introduction to Scales, Hammering Patterns, Chords and Arpeggios,
Musical Exercises to Strengthen Your Weaker Hand, Learning Simple Tunes, How to Practice, and Advice on How to Tune the Dulcimer.
10:45am HD Poly-rhythms #1:
Songs with poly-rhythms will have layered parts played on multiple dulcimers
using the African drum circle format.
2:15pm Basic Sticking Techniques:
Applying basic drum rudiments and sticking coordination to the hammered dulcimer.
3:45pm Hand Independence and Coordination:
Body independence while playing a drum set will be applied to playing the hammered dulcimer. Challenging
time signatures will be enjoyed.