Master Class w/ Jon Weinberg: Intermediate to Advanced
taken as a continuum: You must pre-register
for this class – 1st come, 1st in class – maximum 8
9:00am, 10:30am & 2:30pm
Separation and Independence (3 sessions)
you want to become more comfortable with tunes that have big reaches and that use
notes on the edges of your dulcimer? How
about where each hand is playing totally independently of the other?
learn some interesting arrangements of tunes that incorporate notes you may
never have played before and look at strategies and techniques for playing
large reaches so you'll be comfortable incorporating them in more complex
develop your hand independence we'll work on a solo, truly-hand-separated arrangement
of Pachelbel's Canon in D suitable
for weddings, church, and other solo performances. Your left hand will be playing
parts and your right hand the bass ground and chords. We will take it slowly: this pianistic style of arranging/playing
takes some practice but it's useful many other pieces.
participate in this class you will need a 15/14 or larger dulcimer which has a
low D on your bass bridge and a low D#/G# on your treble bridge. It does not
need to be chromatic.
Jon notes: “I would request that
this workshop do a little prep work by
playing/learning a few simple parts of the Canon in advance so they won't
have to take class time figuring it out.
I've put another file on my website under Hand
Independence III with the handout called Pre-workshop prep along with a
midi file of it so you can hear what it should sound like.”
Master Class w/ Nina Zanetti: Intermediate to
To be taken as a continuum: You must
pre-register for these classes – 1st come, 1st in class –
maximum 10 students
9:00am, 10:30am & 2:30pm
“The Softer Side of
This 3-part workshop will focus on the softer side of the mountain
dulcimer with emphasis on developing techniques that can help make our playing
sensitive, expressive, and captivating!
Finally, we’ll consider how
to modify and expand
arrangements by adding embellishments, variations, and alternate chord choices-
in other words, how to “make a tune your own”.
session will focus on fingerpicking as one right-hand
technique that lends itself well to expressive playing: we’ll review the
basics, and then turn our attention to how this technique can be used to
introduce a gentle “voice” into your playing.
The remaining sessions will not require fingerpicking, but will focus on other left- hand
and right-hand techniques that can make a beautiful tune come alive in a
lyrical, expressive way. We’ll explore the vocalist’s concept of phrasing, and
will learn specific techniques for adding phrasing when we play beautiful tunes
on the dulcimer. We’ll also survey some additional “cheap tricks” that can add
style, interest, and even some gentle pizazz to expressive pieces.