9:00am - H3
*Duet Playing - Hammered Dulcimer (& Guitar w/Steve Smith) Intermediate/Advanced
Learn to play with a
partner. In the first half of this workshop, the hammered dulcimer players
learn a tune while the guitar players learn the backup part to this tune in a
separate concurrent session. In the second half of the workshop, the hammered
dulcimer and guitar players join together to play the tune, focusing on
techniques to help the instruments complement one another and making the
results more musical by use of dynamics and expression.
10:30am – H6 Advanced Hammering
Don’t shy away from music that has tricky hammering patterns – it often makes
for music that is fun to play! We’ll learn how to work out tricky parts of
tunes, and we’ll also delve into right and left-hand lead patterns,
understanding how they work, while working out the best ways to play the
difficult, but fun, passages.
2:30pm - H9
Heart to Hands
Learn to play with greater expressiveness.
We will study specific arranging tools and
exercises to help make your music sing!
Repertoire will be drawn from expressive, lyrical music such as a slow
air, waltz, or lament.
9:00am – H1 The
Laid-Back Beginner Hammered Dulcimer Workshop
Beginner / Novice
This is a no stress workshop that will help you understand
the layout of your instrument, locating octaves,
duplicated notes, harmony and grace notes, basic chords, and in the process,
changing “all those strings” into something that makes sense! Plus, we will
teach a performance ready tune for that little boost of encouragement!
10:30am – H4 The
Beginner / Novice
This workshop will
teach the old traditional hymn, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” made up of
five notes with plenty of room for graceful embellishments of arpeggios, grace
notes, etc. This workshop will teach several embellishment ideas that can be
applied to any tune and will you will leave with various performance-ready
arrangements of the tune.
2:30pm – H8 The 8-Note Miracle Lick
This little eight note
lick will open up new ways to play your instrument and will really “fancify”
your playing with a syncopated fill in for those fast tunes. Or slow it down
for a graceful fill-in lick for those slow tunes that need some embellishment.
This “go-to” lick is easy to learn and can be applied to almost any tune and
will really change the way you play the hammered dulcimer.
4:00pm - H10 Practice Smarter, Not Harder
All levels / all instruments
Have you ever practiced and practiced and felt like you
were just spinning your wheels and getting nowhere? Can’t memorize your music?
Can’t get through those musical tough spots? Well, guess what—you can practice
until your fingers fall off and never make the progress you desire because the
secret to playing successfully is NOT just practicing, but knowing HOW to
practice. Many people waste HOURS of time and effort practicing their
instrument, and don’t realize their practice methods often serve as a roadblock
toward reaching the end-result they desire. This workshop will teach you some
proven techniques, tested guidelines, and provide some hands-on practice
experience teaching you exactly HOW to practice for the most efficient and
effective results! Why waste hours practicing harder when you can productively
10:30am – H5
You can walk and chew
gum at the same time! In four steps, learn to play Jon's simple arrangement of
Ashgrove with each hand simultaneously playing a different melody line and
4:00pm - H12 Amplifying your hammered dulcimer
The ins and outs of
amplifying your dulcimer for performing on stage, at weddings, and for
recording. Includes details on installing pickups in hammered dulcimers - how
to install internal pickups, and what electronics and cabling you'll need,
choices you'll need to make, etc.
9:00am - H2 Exotic
Step out of the straight and narrow to learn a few tunes
from around the world. We’ll work by
ear; sheet music will be available if necessary.
2:30pm – H7 Backup for Beginners
Beginner / Advanced Beginner
Learn how to play backup patterns to accompany another
instrument or singer. This workshop will include chording, arpeggios, and
suggestions for arrangements.
4:00pm - H11 Singing
with the Hammered Dulcimer
The hammered dulcimer is a fantastic instrument for
accompanying yourself while singing. Come and learn this valuable skill and
build your confidence and repertoire!
9, 10:30, 2:30 - HMC MASTER
CLASS – Intermediate into advanced:
classes are consecutive & sequential
Songwriting and Recording Fun for Multiple Hammered Dulcimers"
Join us for a unique
collaborative experience that will take the class from creative approaches in
songwriting to dynamic arrangements to recording and production, all on the
Songs with multiple hammered dulcimer parts as well as
world music songs with lead dulcimer will be heard to spark a direction in the
group writing process. Producing new
sounds and textures using different hammers, a damper pedal, and melodic and
rhythmic variations will begin song creation.
Optimum recording and miking techniques will be discussed
and demonstrated with a hands on acoustic mixing board and digital multitrack
recording machines. Parts for the group
song will be developed and begin to be recorded as ideas and themes are shared
and shaped together.
The recording process will be completed with multiple parts
played and recorded by multiple musicians with input from the group. At the
end of the class we will hear a rough
mix of the song and then Paul will properly mix it later in his studio and mail
copies to all participants. Lots of fun!