9:00am - M1 Discovery 1 -
introduced to your dulcimer, learn the basics of how to hold it, hold the pick,
how to tune it, understand and read dulcimer tab and begin playing.
10:30am – M7 Discovery 2 - The Next Step - Strumming!
Take the next step with strumming; we will work on 3 different
strumming patterns and incorporate them into different songs. See how strumming
can change a song. We will also work on improving your basic skills while
playing together as a group. (DAD
10:30am – M9 Modes for Dulcimer
Have you heard
dulcimer players mention modes, but you have no idea what they are talking
about? Well, here is a workshop that will explain what a mode is, and introduce
you to the modes you are likely to encounter in dulcimer music. You will learn
where you can find them on your dulcimer, how tunings are related to modes, and
how to recognize what mode a song is in (most of the time. ��) Four tunes will
help to demonstrate the differences. Start in DAD. Advanced
Beginner & up.
2:30pm – M13
Discovery 3 – Adding
Chords and playing chord-melody style
Taking some of the tunes
we’ve learned, adding chords while playing melody and incorporating the rhythms
4:00pm – M18
Discovery 4 –
Putting it all together NO experience
Let’s take some familiar
tunes and just play. This is the chance
to take what you’ve learned so far and have fun with it.
9:00am – M6 Music
of Turlough O’Carolan
Learn a little about
the life and
times and music of the great Irish harper. His music sounds wonderful on
mountain dulcimer. We’ll learn several examples of his lovely tunes,
including some with variations. These tunes lend themselves well to embellishments,
such as trills, rolls, hammer-ons, and pull-offs, so we’ll also work on
incorporating these techniques into our playing of the tunes.
10:30am – M10
Music for Mountain dulcimer
Learn music from Medieval,
Renaissance, and possibly Baroque periods. Slow or jolly, this music
sounds great on mountain dulcimer. We’ll talk briefly about the instruments,
sources, and styles of these different periods, then will enjoy a wide variety
of sacred and secular music of the times, in arrangements for mountain
dulcimer. Tuning: DAD
2:30pm – M17 "The
Lord's my Shepherd” Intermediate
The twenty-third psalm
has inspired many beautiful hymns and compositions, often with gentle, pastoral
qualities. We'll learn three lovely hymn tune settings of this psalm: "St.
Columba" (Irish); "Brother James Air" (Scottish); and
"Resignation" (shape note: Southern Harmony). Each tune sounds
beautiful by itself or can be turned into a medley for performance purposes.
10:30am – M12 Creating Music of
Using dulcimer as primary
instrument. Involve students directly in the creative process, giving everyone
input and coming out of class with a collaborative piece of music. Immediately
immerse them in the process of
creation, allowing their ideas to become part of the creation. See how emotion
will color your music and how
to always stay open to it. See how time
flies. We can make simple digital recording at the end of class.
Method: Listen to a
piece created on
dulcimer; Dulcimer as primary writing implement; Tuning: initially DD-A-D / DAD
2:30pm – M16 Playing
with other musicians and the frequencies around us
Opening students to
them and developing the skill of listening, then playing along simply on one
string and then movement into improvisation.
Attention to rhythm, movement and mood in the music that will ask the
player and the instrument for certain sounds and character. Become aware of
your surroundings and enjoy
the journey. Sound is all around you all
the time. Even silence has a sound. As
students become more comfortable they will lose some of the inhibition and fear
that can be part of playing with other musicians.
Method: Play a simple melody and allow the students
time to pick it up; Find a simple chord pattern that accompanies the melody
well; Allow students the time to play the melody and the pattern; Let the
students in turn find variations
9:00am – M5 Cwassical Music for Wascally Wabbits
You'll be surprised
by how many
classical melodies you already know, thanks to Bugs Bunny cartoons,
commercials, and TV and movie soundtracks. Featuring materials from
Carol's newest book, you'll enjoy working on some solo and ensemble repertoire
transcribed directly from the original symphonic scores.
DAD tuning & other
10:30am – M8 All About Chords!
During this session you'll learn all about how to play chords (including
various positions for the basic chords, power chords, and L-shaped chords,)
along with techniques for making smooth transitions among them, AND you'll
learn how to use these chords to play by ear. We'll also play through the
tab for quite a few familiar tunes, adding these to your repertoire in the
process! (Many songs will be taken from Carol's DNA* Dulcimer
4:00pm – M21 Variations on the Tune
Are you tired of playing the same old tune the same old way? In this workshop
we'll get creative, adding a countermelody and passing tones, using different
chords or positions, and using the entire fretboard. We'll take our tab
from the basic bare bones to a fancy version suitable for performance. DAD
9:00am – M4 Performance Ready
Whether you’re performing in your living room for family
and friends, at an open mic, or in Carnegie Hall, you need to be prepared. What
songs will you do, and in what order? How will you arrange them? What will you
say about them? How do I shake these nerves? Whatever the size of your
audience, you want to make sure they are entertained, engaged, and hungry for more.
10:30am – M11 Dulcimer
Remember how much fun
it was playing an instrument in your
middle school band? No? Here’s your chance to experience the magic of making
music as an ensemble, and with an orchestra full of DULCIMERS! From a simple
round, to more complex arrangements with different parts, you’ll be following a
score and notation that make all the parts a whole.
9:00am - M3
Fingers: The Basics of Fingerpicking
This class will introduce several easy fingerpicking styles
that will work with a variety of songs. The emphasis will be on applying
fingerpicking patterns to familiar songs (songs you learned as beginning
players) so you can focus on right hand fingering techniques rather than new
repertoire. Tuning - DAD
2:30pm – M15 Tearless Tuning
Proper playing posture and stretches will be combined with
exercises on the fretboard to smooth out your playing. This class is geared
toward. Come tuned in DAD.
9:00am – M2 "Expanding your Repertoire:
A Few Jam Tunes"
You've taken Discovery
classes and know the basics. Now let's learn a few common jam tunes. We'll
examine some left hand techniques to help smooth out your playing on Old Joe
Clark and Whisky Before Breakfast. Then we'll look at hammer-ons, pull-offs and
some simple chord formations with Spotted Pony and Merrily Kiss the Quaker.
Then you'll be all set to jump in at the next jam!"
4:00pm – M20 Singing
Finger picking and rhythmic
strumming to best suit a singing song. "Finding the melody" in simple
chord shapes to incorporate in your accompaniments. Arranging a varied,
well-rounded, do-able song to sing. Must be comfortable with basic dulcimer
chords, simple finger picking required. Slap strums, hammer-ons, pull-offs are
used. Tuned DAD
4:00pm – M19 Title: Getting Around on the Fretboard
Learn how to play melody in several different areas of the
instrument to add a little variety to a tune. We will use this technique with a
familiar tune then we’ll try it with a few fiddle tunes.
Come tuned DAD
9, 10:30, 2:30 - MMC MASTER CLASS
Intermediate into advanced: classes are
consecutive & sequential
Picking it Up
workshop will focus on cleaning up your flat-picking and smoothing out your
playing. We’ll work on both left and right hand techniques to make your
playing more smooth and efficient, and learn how and where to apply these
techniques to an arrangement. We'll learn some practice techniques to get
you playing up to speed without sacrificing accuracy and musicality.
Session I - Cleaning up the Left Hand:
You are already doing
pull-offs and slides – we’ll work on cleaning up and enhancing these techniques
with additional embellishments. Then
we’ll add in effective fingering to be able to navigate through fast tunes more
efficiently and smoothly.
Session II - Right Hand – Picking:
We’ll work on
good pick technique
for flat-picking tunes, cross-picking, and mixing in strums with your picking
to add interest to your arrangements.
We’ll spend some time on dynamics, and working in the left hand
techniques we worked on in the first session to get both hands working
Session III – Application and Speed:
In this session,
we’ll work on applying the techniques we worked on in the first two sessions to
create an arrangement from a bare bones tune. We'll work on adding
embellishments and dynamics, and work out fingerings for tough spots.
Then we will use our new arrangement to learn practice techniques to
bring the tune up to speed without losing musicality and expression.