9:00am – H1
Ready to go beyond playing your tunes the same way every
time? Then this workshop is for you. Learn how to enhance your playing with
harmony, rolled chords, cool rhythmic tricks, and other techniques.
10:30am – H6
So, you know your basic chord patterns – but how do you use
them to accompany others? In this class we'll focus on some specific ideas for
backing up jigs, reels, and waltzes, building skills we can draw on in jam
sessions and when arranging tunes for two or more players.
2:30pm – H8
& Other Happy Tunes
These bouncy toe-tappers sound great on the hammered
dulcimer. They’re also therapeutic – it’s hard to stay in a bad mood while
playing and accompanying these spritely melodies!
9:00am – H2
While Scottish music is often simply lumped into the
generic “Celtic” literature, there are some rhythmic and melodic
characteristics that set it apart from Irish, Welsh, and Breton music.
Participants in this session will learn a couple of tunes and explore the
subtleties that give this music its distinctive sound.
10:30am – H4 Exploring
Participants will learn this lovely Welsh lullaby, and then
try arrangements that showcase both a harp-like flavor on the hammered dulcimer
and one that emulates the style of bagpipe music.
2:30pm – H7
Participants will learn a few techniques that can be used
to make a tune more interesting as well as relieve the boredom of playing it
the same way every time (useful for jams!).
4:00pm – H12 Teaching Others to Play
You know how it starts...you're playing at a coffee-shop,
and someone comes up after your set and says, "Do you teach lessons?
I have one of those, but don't know how to play it." This
session will focus on how to recognize students' needs, choose appropriate
music, and teach others how to make beautiful music with their hammered
dulcimers. We will also discuss and share any experiences we already have
in guiding students, along with some of the practicalities of teaching.
Mary Lynn Van
Fiddlers Want to Hear
Fiddlers want hammered dulcimer players to play with swing,
accent shifts, anticipations and syncopations and know how to play backup!
Using a relatively straightforward old-time tune (The Dull Chisel) we will
first explore swing and accent shifts commonly used by nearly all fiddlers. We
will focus on identifying the chord progression and creating an effective
backup that includes vamps and moving bass lines. Written music will be
provided, but please bring a recording device or smart phone.
10:30am – H5 Arranging
Using some beautiful waltzes and slow airs, this class will
explore how to incorporate a variety of techniques to arrange some lovely
tunes. Simple bass lines, rolled chords, valley rolls, melodic runs, fills,
tremolos, hand separation, chord substitutions etc., will be introduced and
incorporated. Written music will be provided, but please bring a recording
device such as a smart phone.
2:30pm – H9
Leading with the Left
We will explore the philosophy of using a “lead” hand and
the many the advantages afforded by the approach of a lead hand and especially
left-hand lead. The left-hand lead approach facilitates incorporating bass
bridge drones and chords, bass lines and fills. You do not have to be
left-handed – in fact, the right hand frequently travels much more and has more
to do! Written music will be provided, but please bring a recording device or
4:00pm – H10
We will take this beautiful tune and explore the chord
progression, how to incorporate a variety of techniques (backup, rolled chords,
valley rolls, melodic runs, fills, tremolos, hand separation, chord
substitutions etc.). Written music will be provided, but please bring a
recording device or smart phone.
4:00pm – H11
will concentrate on those that use double strikes for increased
power. Bringing a recording device will be helpful.
Recording devices are encouraged - A battery
recording device will be most helpful.
(plug ins may not have access to a power
Devices could include an MP3 recorder,
H2 or smart