9:00am - H2
We will learn how to play chords on our dulcimers, using
the whole dulcimer, without knowing the names of our notes. Chording does
not have to be hard. Chords unlock your instrument. A fun
and easy way to start using more of your dulcimer.
10:30am - H7
We will learn what it is and how and when to use it.
This is what makes playing fun and creative. I will teach all of the
technique you need to make it happen and will direct you on free embellishing
your first song. We will take your tunes to the next level.
2:30pm - H12
This class is the "Holy Grail" of dulcimer
playing. I have devised a system of finding my embellishments by just
knowing WHERE my melody note is. No names needed. This allows me to
embellish songs on the first time Playing them and allows me to change it up
every time I play it. No more memorizing arrangements, make it up as you
go. This allows me to play with more confidence and more creativity. See
you in class.
9:00am - H4 Independence, rudiments & percussion techniques
In this fun workshop
are expected to already have a working knowledge of left-hand, right-hand
independence. After a review of basic "alternating-base” techniques we
will delve into to polyrhythms such a 3:2 and 2:3 cross rhythms (More if time
permits). We will explore ways of how syncopation and polyrhythms can find their
way into your sticking patterns. We will present a fun and challenging
alternating base tune “Fine Spring Day” written by the workshop leader.
2:30pm - H11
In this workshop students
to play many types of arpeggios, which are groups of notes; usually chords.
Arpeggios are more fun to play than scales, and learning them helps the player
get around the whole instrument. This is a fun workshop.
4:00pm - H15
Music Theory for the Hammered Dulcimer
We will explore basic
concepts as they pertain to the hammered dulcimer. Among the topics to be
covered are major and minor scales and chord patterns, relative majors and
minors, intervals and modes.
10:30am - H6 Sticking It To Your Dulcimer -
Determining where to
hit the notes in a tune and with which hand can be frustrating especially if
you want to avoid crossing hammers or having to cover the whole of the
dulcimer. Once you have mastered a
two-step process you will be able to play tune much more efficiently and
musically. While we will not be playing tunes in this workshop, you will need
your dulcimer in front of you for reference and to try out the different hammer
4:00pm - H14 Simple Embellishments Workshop: Oh
What A Drag It Is! - Intermediate
In this workshop we
will learn how to use flams, drags, rolls and double stops to spice up a tune
to change it from a simple melody to something that sounds pretty cool. After
we learn the necessary rudiments we will apply them to a basic version of “The
Back Side of Albany” to liven it up.
– H8 Hand Independence: (Advanced)
Learn how to free up your
left and right side so it sounds like two dulcimer players are playing at
once. Drumming for many years has helped
me to be able to share ways of achieving body independence while playing the
hammered dulcimer. Challenging time signatures will also be enjoyed.
Triplets, Triplets, Triplets, and
Fun, simple exercises
will help you expand upon your capabilities, make your playing sound more
interesting, and help improve your hammering skills. Many different types of
rolls and various
ways to play triplets will be focused on.
the World On A Dulcimer: (Intermediate/Advanced)
Our approach to the
versatile dulcimer expands as we explore zither styles using traditional
rhythms from different countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle
East. It’s going to be a fun trip!
9:00am - H3 The Slip Jig
The slip jig is usually not included in a lot of
instruction books and you're likely to find out why. Learn the accenting &
hammering considerations for it & include one in your repertoire.
4:00pm - H13 Discovery 4 - Wrap up session
Follow up on what you’ve
reviewing the day PLUS we will be including questions & answers for those
things you want to know as a new player.
9:00am - H1 Discovery 1: The
1st: The "Zen of
Hammer Dulcimer:" playing: a philosophical approach to learning and
playing the instrument. 2nd:
We will go over the "anatomy and physiology" of a dulcimer, including
brief discussion of floating vs fixed top, chromatic vs non-chromatic. What kind
of dulcimer should I buy? I’ll include a brief review of most popular
makers. 3rd: Hammers -
"To have and to hold."
10:30am – H5 Discovery 2: Tools to learn & play
Without needing to
read music the participants will learn a way to visualize patterns across the
strings and bridges to unlock simple secrets of playing common chord
progressions often played on the HD.
utilizing the latest apps for smart phones/tablets.
2:30pm - H9 Discovery
3: Putting it into practice
An original tune will be taught as a practice tool
incorporating some basic principles of beginner HD playing. We’ll have time at
the end for questions. Bring any questions or issues that you want to discuss.
9, 10:30, 2:30 - HMC MASTER
CLASS – Intermediate into advanced:
classes are sequential
Making Moving Arrangements:
how to add movement to your solo hammered
dulcimer arrangements using counter-melodies and travelling bass lines.
In our First session we'll
common melody and chord patterns that are good candidates for adding these
types of embellishments. Phrases from
multiple tunes that illustrate these patterns and embellishments will be
In the 2nd session
Jon will play
several arrangements of popular Christmas, Celtic, and O'Carolan tunes that
demonstrate ascending and descending bass line embellishments and
counter-melodies. The class will then
choose which ones they'd like to learn.
Jon will provide these arrangements as written music with notated
double-strike and chord triad patterns that we'll learn together, and which you
can take home with you to perform or further modify.
For our final class each of
us will take a
tune we already know, enhance it using some of the techniques learned in these
classes, and perform it for the rest of the group so we can all learn from each