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Hammered Dulcimer Workshop Descriptions

Jodi Marshall     

9:00am – H1            Beyond the Melody                                  Advanced Beginner

Ready to go beyond playing your tunes the same way every time? Then this workshop is for you. Learn how to enhance your playing with harmony, rolled chords, cool rhythmic tricks, and other techniques.

10:30am – H6          You’ve Got Rhythm!                                  Advanced

So, you know your basic chord patterns – but how do you use them to accompany others? In this class we'll focus on some specific ideas for backing up jigs, reels, and waltzes, building skills we can draw on in jam sessions and when arranging tunes for two or more players.

2:30pm – H8            Hornpipes & Other Happy Tunes                                Intermediate

These bouncy toe-tappers sound great on the hammered dulcimer. They’re also therapeutic – it’s hard to stay in a bad mood while playing and accompanying these spritely melodies!

 

Marya Katz          

9:00am – H2            Scottish Tunes                          Intermediate

While Scottish music is often simply lumped into the generic “Celtic” literature, there are some rhythmic and melodic characteristics that set it apart from Irish, Welsh, and Breton music. Participants in this session will learn a couple of tunes and explore the subtleties that give this music its distinctive sound.

10:30am – H4          Exploring “Suo Gan”                  Advanced Beginner

Participants will learn this lovely Welsh lullaby, and then try arrangements that showcase both a harp-like flavor on the hammered dulcimer and one that emulates the style of bagpipe music.

2:30pm – H7            Simple Improvisation                                Advanced Beginner

Participants will learn a few techniques that can be used to make a tune more interesting as well as relieve the boredom of playing it the same way every time (useful for jams!).

4:00pm H12          Teaching Others to Play                             Advanced

You know how it starts...you're playing at a coffee-shop, and someone comes up after your set and says, "Do you teach lessons?  I have one of those, but don't know how to play it."  This session will focus on how to recognize students' needs, choose appropriate music, and teach others how to make beautiful music with their hammered dulcimers.  We will also discuss and share any experiences we already have in guiding students, along with some of the practicalities of teaching.

 

Mary Lynn Van Deventer   

9:00am H3            What Fiddlers Want to Hear                      Advanced

Fiddlers want hammered dulcimer players to play with swing, accent shifts, anticipations and syncopations and know how to play backup! Using a relatively straightforward old-time tune (The Dull Chisel) we will first explore swing and accent shifts commonly used by nearly all fiddlers. We will focus on identifying the chord progression and creating an effective backup that includes vamps and moving bass lines. Written music will be provided, but please bring a recording device or smart phone.

10:30am – H5          Arranging Beautiful Tunes                         Intermediate

Using some beautiful waltzes and slow airs, this class will explore how to incorporate a variety of techniques to arrange some lovely tunes. Simple bass lines, rolled chords, valley rolls, melodic runs, fills, tremolos, hand separation, chord substitutions etc., will be introduced and incorporated. Written music will be provided, but please bring a recording device such as a smart phone.

2:30pm – H9            Leading with the Left                Advanced

We will explore the philosophy of using a “lead” hand and the many the advantages afforded by the approach of a lead hand and especially left-hand lead. The left-hand lead approach facilitates incorporating bass bridge drones and chords, bass lines and fills. You do not have to be left-handed – in fact, the right hand frequently travels much more and has more to do! Written music will be provided, but please bring a recording device or smart phone.

4:00pm – H10          Evening of Roses                       Advanced Beginner

We will take this beautiful tune and explore the chord progression, how to incorporate a variety of techniques (backup, rolled chords, valley rolls, melodic runs, fills, tremolos, hand separation, chord substitutions etc.). Written music will be provided, but please bring a recording device or smart phone.

 

Rich Carty

4:00pm – H11           Irish Jigs                    Intermediate

                                We will concentrate on those that use double strikes for increased power. Bringing a recording device will be helpful.

 

Recording devices are encouraged - A battery powered recording device will be most helpful.

(plug ins may not have access to a power source)

Devices could include an MP3 recorder, H2 or smart phone

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