11:30 a.m. -- New Players workshops for both hammered and mountain dulcimer. These classes are for those who have never
played or who have played less than a year and need introductory techniques to playing. You may borrow instruments for
these workshops, but please let us know how many instruments will be needed. The mountain dulcimer workshops will be
taught by Lee Cagle,
and the hammered dulcimer workshops will be taught by Betty Dawson.
Dulcimer -- This workshop will focus on the basic techniques involved in playing the mountain dulcimer, including, tuning
the instrument, strumming patterns and reading tablature.
musical experience is necessary.
Dulcimer -- This beginner class will focus on a general orientation to this fascinating instrument, and the basic techniques
in caring for the instrument, including tuning, hammering, basic orientation to the soundboard, and reading tablature. No
previous musical experience is necessary.
- 12:45 p.m. LUNCH
Dulcimer -- NOVICE/INTERMEDIATE -- Beyond the Bum-Ditty - This class is for players who know how to play but who are struggling
with adding some personality to their playing through a more effective use of strumming. Using familiar tunes, we will look
at techniques to help the student understand the use of strumming and how to advance their strumming to make their playing
more exciting and enjoyable. This class is appropriate for those who attend the
morning session, as well as for the intermediate player who needs to develop a more relaxed and natural strumming pattern.
Hammered Dulcimer -- CELTIC TUNES -- INTERMEDIATE -- We will learn the difference
between various types of Celtic dance music--hornpipes, jigs, reels, polkas, and will learn to play at least one of each
type, choosing from Temperance Reel, Black Nag, Off to California, Deep Forest Reel, Swallowtail Jig, St. Anne's
Reel, Irish Washerwoman, Kesh Jig, Rakes of Mallow, based on the student's interest.
Dulcimer -- INTERMEDIATE -- We will use this class to learn one tune, Skye Boat Song. We will play the tune in the DAD
tuning, but in the key of G. As part of this class we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of the traditional
mountain dulcimer fretboard and the use of a 1+ fret to form a C chord. It is not
necessary to have a 1+ fret to fully participate in this class.
Hammered Dulcimer -- PLAYING BACKGROUND WITH JAM TUNES -- INTERMEDIATE --
We will practice background techniques for playing with popular jam tunes, utilizing intervals, chords and arpeggios in several
5:30 p.m. JAM!