9:00am – M4 Improvising on the
Related to playing by ear, learn
play along with the group in an informal, loosely structured manner. The
workshop will discuss how to improvise with chords, lead and bass note playing
and will articulate some of the tricks and structure behind what appears to be
pure artistic "happening."
10:30am - M13 Reverse Tunings! Intermediate/Advanced
What is a reverse dulcimer tuning and why
use one? Come
Aubrey will present songs in Reverse Ionian,
Aeolian, Mixolydian, and Dorian. You’ll be surprised at how interesting,
great-sounding, and easy it is!
2:30pm – M21 Playing with Four Equi-Distant Strings
Aubrey plays a number
of songs with
four equidistant strings although she considers herself to be a
"three-string" player. Explore the idea of separating the two melody
strings, adding another drone and creating new chord flavors.
9:00am – M5
Songs of the Carter Family in D-A-D
Discover the wonders
of this early
pioneering American country music group whose songs have bewitched music fans
and players for decades. Using songs from Elwood's songbook, Such Singing
You Will Hear, participants will use the noting stick, chords and
finger-picking styles to build a repertoire of these glorious songs.
2:30pm - M16
for the First Time
Elwood will provide a framework for finger-picking simple tunes on the mountain
dulcimer in D-A-D. Participants will learn basic patterns for vocal
accompaniment as well as methods for finger-picking in common and ¾ time
9:00am – M3 Do you See the C?
Venture into the world of C. While learning some new
songs we will go into chords in C.
Come tuned to DAD and we’ll get you into DAC.
2:30pm – M18 Celtic Music
Learn some Celtic songs you may know, or ones you heard
someone play and wished you could.
Come tuned to DAD. We’ll also work in DGD
4:00pm – ND27
Understand the power
of music and how to use it for different situations in a person’s health.
This will be a
discussion class, feel free to bring and ask questions.
10:30am – M14
and Feedin’ your Mountain Dulcimer …or, I Broke a
String! Now what?
to take care
of your instrument, including tuning (and retuning) in the different keys,
changing strings, where to put strap buttons, how to fix minor problems, how to
recognize major problems (to take them to a Luthier), and answers to your questions
about your instrument.
2:30pm - M20 The Minimalist Approach …or, Clean Up Your Act!
Dave has developed
his style of
playing by combining ideas borrowed from other dulcimer players and also from
his experience with many other types of instruments, styles, and music. His
style of playing is not technical, it’s
more simplistic and “clean”. He will
present several thoughts, tips, and suggestions that will help you develop a
style that won’t get muddied up by “too many notes”. We may
also touch on some alternate tunings,
9:00am - M6
Songs By Ear
Novice to intermediate
Have you heard a song and wanted to know how to play it? We
will learn how to figure out which key a song is in, then decipher a song or
two by listening and writing it down a bit at a time. Bring a capo and come
tuned to DAD.
10:30am – M9
Proper playing posture and stretches will be combined with
exercises on the fretboard to smooth out your playing. This class is geared
toward. Come tuned in DAD.
4:00pm – ND26 Appalachian “Crankies”
Folk Art: the art of the moving picture)
This workshop is all
about art and music combined. We will illustrate a favorite ballad on a hand
held cardboard “crankie” and make the ballad come to life. Bring your favorite
ballad-with the lyrics (I will also have copies of several ballads with me).
Everything you will need to create a miniature Crankie will be provided. No
dulcimer required for this class! (1 to 1+ hours).
9:00am – M2 How are you “wired" for music?
– All levels
How you make music is
directly related to how your neurological wiring is. Bringing your goals of
making music in alignment with that will create more pleasure making music and
bring you in to a better presence when you’re sharing your music with others.
4:00pm - ND23 An
introduction to BAVX (balance, auditory, visual exercises) – All levels
integrate our body and brain. Strengthening our non-dominant side and
increasing our ambidextrousness as well as our internal sense of rhythm. All
important in making music.
4:00pm – M24 History of the American Dulcimer –
This workshop will
explore the murky history behind the origin of the mountain dulcimer.
Participants will learn about European ancestors of this instrument and its
development in the United States. The discussion will include variations of
regional dulcimer design, the lives of early builders, and playing styles. This
workshop is suitable for those who do not play the dulcimer. Dulcimer players
who attend will be able to play
some old time dulcimer tunes.
10:30am – M10 Dancing Fingers
Let’s get those
dancing! We’ll learn how to do
hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides, and where and when to add them to a
2:30pm – M19 EAE Tuning for the Key of A
I came across this tuning
accident while trying to arrange a tune and get all the notes, and I fell in
love with it! Come see why we might use
this tuning for playing tunes in the key of A - we’ll learn some chords, and a
few tunes. Come tuned to DAD, and we’ll
learn how to tune up to EAE without breaking your strings!
4:00pm – M28 Lively O’Carolan Tunes
beautiful tunes, and in this workshop we’ll focus on a few of his livelier
compositions. With their often slightly
quirky melodies, they can be a bit challenging, but great fun to play once
you’ve mastered them. We’ll start in
10:30am - M12 Happy Hour!
Expand your dulcimer
playing by learning the 1-3-5 dulcimer tuning. With this tuning the dulcimer
becomes fully chromatic. The 1-3-5 tuning allows you to play the “missing”
notes on a standard mountain dulcimer without adding frets, strings, or using
capos. During this hour you will learn to
play several “happy” tunes such as Cindy, Oh My Darling Clementine, My Old
Kentucky Home and others. Come tuned to
2:30pm - M17 Introduction to Blues
on the Mountain Dulcimer – Intermediate
The session will focus
on 12-bar blues in several keys while tuned to DAD. Chord progressions, rhythm
arounds and writing lyrics will be discussed. Hat and glasses are not required.
9:00am – M7
tunes doesn’t have to mean “easy” or technically boring! We can add a bit of
sparkle, without detracting from expression, in our slow pieces by
incorporating some advanced technique, such as: bends, harmonics (“natural” and
“artificial”), vibrato, tremolo, muting, and other special techniques for both
right and left hands. We’ll practice the techniques and then learn some tunes
that show how they can be incorporated into an arrangement.
10:30am - M11
What Chord Do I Play
Description: Do you
know your basic chords (key of D), but don’t
know when to use which ones when you’re trying to play along at a jam? We’ll
combine some gentle ear-training with just a little bit of theory, to gain
confidence at hearing chord changes and “hearing” which chord to use. There
will be plenty of opportunity to practice by playing along with some simple
tunes. Tuning: DAD
4:00pm – M25 Tunes from
Playford’s “The Dancing Master” (1651 – approx. 1728) Novice to
was not a
composer, but rather a publishing enterprise started by John Playford (1623 –
1686). The Dancing Master (first edition 1651) is a wonderful
collection of Renaissance tunes and dance instructions for country dancing.
These lively tunes sound great on mountain dulcimer!
Tuning: mostly DAD
9:00am - M1 Discovery 1 - Let’s
While being introduced
to your dulcimer, learn the basics of how to hold it, hold the pick, how to
tune it, understand and read dulcimer tab and begin playing.
10:30am – M8 Discovery
2 - The Next Step - Strumming!
Take the next step with strumming; we will work on
3 different strumming patterns and incorporate them into different songs. See
how strumming can change a song. We will also work on improving your basic
skills while playing together as a group.
2:30pm – M15 Discovery 3 – Adding Chords and playing
Taking some of the
tunes we’ve learned, adding chords while playing melody and incorporating the
rhythms you’ve learned.
4:00pm – M22 Discovery 4 – Putting it all together
Let’s take some
familiar tunes and just play. This is
the chance to take what you’ve learned so far and have fun with it.
9, 10:30, 2:30 - MMC
New Dimensions --
Intermediate / Advanced -- DAD tuning - capo required
In this concentrated
workshop for intermediate and advanced players, we’ll fine tune your skills and
take your playing to a new level. Concepts and techniques will be taught
sequentially, with each session building on material taught in the previous
session -- participants
are expected to attend all three sessions. Limited class size gives ample
opportunity for individual support and guidance.
Session 1 -- Left Hand Techniques
smooth chord transitions, vibrato, hammer-ons / pull-offs / grace
notes / ornaments, unconventional
chord fingerings, string bending, optional extra frets (demonstration and
discussion only -- not required for this class)
Session 2 -- Right Hand Techniques
Fingerpicking styles: brush/strum, 3-finger “lute” style, 2-finger “harp”
style; Flatpicking, pick strum, dynamic variation, RH Fretting, 2-hand tapping,
Session 3 -- Prep, Practice, Present!
Melody placement, alternate
shapes, chord substitutions, unexpected “delicious” chords -
dissonance/resolution, drawing out melody against harmonic background,
expressive techniques, tempo, dynamics, rubato, practicing with purpose.
Your packet of music from the three sessions will include an extensive
and varied collection of familiar favorites treated in a completely different
way, along with new, unfamiliar tunes that will challenge you, all of it adding
new dimensions to your technique and repertoire. The result will be exquisitely
beautiful playing, stylistically reminiscent of the best classical and jazz
finger-style guitarists; you'll create a mood that will have your audience
exclaiming, "Wow! I never knew a dulcimer could sound like that!"