SATURDAY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
1) Mini Workshop Schedule featuring four timeslots (90 minutes) covering 4 levels
of hammered dulcimer, 4 levels of mountain dulcimer, autoharp, and additional titles
2) On Saturday, there will also be longer term sessions for the following:
Beginners ... Mountain dulcimer, Hammered dulcimer, Autoharp
Introduction to: Clawhammer Banjo and Ukulele
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"Where Do I Go from Here"?
We will concentrate on becoming more comfortable with the instrument, especially when playing with others.
We will discuss ways to become more quickly familiar with melodies, and what to do if we don't want to play melody.
Our focus will be on tips and techniques which can be used to get comfortable in any situation.
Okay, you’ve learned the basics – tuning, holding the hammers. striking the strings, and a few tunes. Great!
Now for the next step. Let’s learn some more tunes, and explore some chords that we might add to make the melody more fun to play.
Chords are the basics for any embellishing, for playing back up in jams, arpeggios, etc. Adding chords is what makes the music come alive with excitement. We’ll start easy and build, and maybe stretch your comfort zone just a bit.
As a side note…I even have a secret weapon for surviving your first Thursday night Beginner Jam.
My goal for you as a participant in the Past Beginner/Early Intermediate class is to give you the tools you need to start making your own music more enjoyable, and to encourage you to continue your growth as a player.
I hope to see you in March at the 27th Annual Buckeye Dulcimer Festival.
HEIDI MULLER: Fiddle Tunes and Techniques
Add some old-time Appalachian music to your repertoire! We’ll play some lesser-known fiddle tunes while building skills in both left and right-hand techniques. Learn how to glide through the melody using hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides, at the same time we practice strumming and flatpicking.
Tunes will include several from legendary West Virginia fiddlers like Melvin Wine, Ed Haley, and Harvey Sampson, and some tune from other areas. We’ll play in the keys of D, G, and A by using a capo, playing from the chord forms, and perhaps using an alternate tuning.
So often when we play dulcimer we have the full and rich sound of the drones or chords-melody. When we start flatpicking, it can sound kind of empty. In this class, we’ll explore some fancy tricks for making your flatpicked arrangements sound full and interesting. (Intermediate)
Ilace's Intermediate 2 class will seek to answer these questions:
1) Where do I find new material/jam tunes/ etc.? We'll explore sources and try a few tunes. If you don't know "Roscoe," you will!
2) What can I do with this tune? Building good arrangements begins with a well-equipped toolbox. We'll add some tools to yours to help you get more mileage out of tunes (like "Moses Hoe Your Corn) and vary them harmonically, rhythmically, and decoratively (like "Southwind"). Most of our time will be spent here.
3) What is this hand separation thing and why do I need to try it? It's just another tool! Train your brain to achieve some independence and free your hands for new playing adventures. You may not be able to play a round with yourself right away, but you can make some beautiful music more easily!
PRACTICE PLOYS FOR POLISHED PLAYERS
TASTE OF IRELAND
Licks and Improvisation Learn a handful of helpful tools that will help you play off the cuff with confidence. We'll also discuss ways to incorporate bluesy notes into just about anything.
Dulcimer Duos: Playing and Arranging
This class will learn some interesting tunes in parts with both flatpicking and fingerpicking techniques, while focusing on fluid performance. We’ll consider chord fingerings in standard and inverted chords, look at how to connect them smoothly, use ornaments to create a flow, and work with different picking patterns. (Please bring a capo.)
We’ll also discuss how you can write your own duets and backup parts, while making tasty choices of chords, bass parts, harmonies, and picking patterns. Please feel free to bring along a tune that you’d like some help with.
DEE DEE TIBITTS:
A TASTE OF IRELAND After I got to visit Ireland and got to jam with three pub bands, I have a new zeal for Irish music. We'll learn some ornaments to add to some lovely Irish tunes.
USING RHYTHMIS ACCOMPANIMENT IN OUR ARRANGEMENTS We'll explore some off-beat rhythms while playing beautiful tunes.
DUETING WITH DULCIMERS Playing with others is so rewarding. We'll learn two and three part tunes to play solo or with others.
Ilace's Advanced class will focus on honing skills such as:
Playing expressively: it's not just about dynamics. We'll explore the components helpful to really communicating through our music.
Adapting tunes for hammered dulcimer: the cool classical/pop/whatever tunes we want to play aren't always easy to find in dulcimer-friendly form. We'll walk through the process of how to make it work.
Stagecraft 101: performing like a pro requires more than self-confidence. We'll discuss how to be a star (more or less) on stage.
Playing together: We'll explore
some three-part harmony arrangements that are triple the fun
and discuss arranging for ensembles.
3) There will be several double mini sessions on Saturday(150 minutes) .. TBA.