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Workshops

Stephen Seifert - Mountain Dulcimer

1. DAD Tuning - Beginner - Bring capo or one will be provided.

THE BASICS - We'll cover a number of foundational techniques and concepts as well as dig in to a few simple, playable tunes.

2. BLUEGRASS SONGS – Experienced Beginner/Lower Intermediate - Bring capo or one will be provided. 

These aren't fiddle tunes, these are classic Bluegrass songs. We'll work through three to four and we'll also work on fingering and strumming.

3. MINIMAL CHORD MELODY – Intermediate - DAD Tuning - Bring capo or one will be provided.

I'll show you the least you have to know to play melody and chords at the same time. Chord melody does not have to be complicated. This simple approach is easy on the brain, hands, and ears.

4. FAVORITE UPPER LEVEL ARRANGEMENTS – Intermediate/Advanced - DAD Tuning - Bring capo or one will be provided.

We'll work through one or two of my favorite arrangements for experienced players. We'll also work on techniques to make all your playing feel and sound better.

Tull Glazener - Mountain Dulcimer

1. Sum of the Parts

We'll work on some multi-part ensemble arrangements, which prove the theory that "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts". The different parts are suitable for a wide range of skill/experience levels.

 

2. Introduction to Flat-Picking

Flat-picking is a useful technique, both for playing the melody quicker and cleaner, and also as a means of providing backup in a group/jam setting.  We'll start with the basics, and move on to incorporating the technique in some tunes.

 

3. Chord Embellishments - Intermediate

Just like colors, musical chords have different shades to them. We'll talk about what those are, where to find them on your instrument, and where/how to use them in tunes you already play to "dress them up" a bit.

 

4. S-L-O-W Jam

Learning how to jam is like any other acquired skill, meaning it takes practice.   We'll spend this time playing through some common jam tunes at a S-L-O-W tempo, and indicate the chord changes in case you don't already know the tunes.   Come prepared to call out some of your favorites!

Judy House - Mountain Dulcimer

1. About That Strumming - Advanced Beginner & Up

In this workshop we will concentrate on your right hand – what it's doing and how it's doing it! Then we'll take a look at what else it can be doing to make your music more smooth and interesting. Come learn several strum techniques and how to incorporate them into your music to make it more rhythmic and beautiful.

 

2. Playing A-Round! - Advanced Beginner and Up

Rounds began to show up during the 12th Century in England. They are fun to participate in, and a wonderful way to introduce you to playing harmony with a group. This workshop will use the fun of playing rounds as a way to improve your group playing skills and help you learn to listen to what others are playing.

 

3. Top 10 Practice Tips - Beginner and Up

Teachers will always tell you WHAT to practice, but they never tell you HOW to practice! Sign up for this class and learn what to do when you are practicing! You might be surprised at what you should be doing in order to learn to play your music. This applies to all instruments, not just the dulcimer! Become a better musician, faster!

 

4. The Shape of Things to Come - Advanced Beginner and Up

Once you start wanting to play more than one string at a time on your dulcimer, it is easier if you know how to form chords in 4 main shapes. Come learn how to find all the D, G, A, Em, F#m chords, and more, using a simple pattern. We will also take a look at fingering techniques for smoother and faster playing of chords.