Getting the most out of your classes:
Don’t forget to bring a recording device with batteries or music paper to the fest. You’ll want to get down things to work on long after the fest is over. It’s a great opportunity to get down pieces during jams and classes.
It is not permissible to
Students in intermediate and advanced classes should have a familiarity with their instruments and be able to learn tunes either from sheet music or by ear.
The Friday afternoon class is an additional $50 for full-weekend students.
- Map of Your Dulcimer - Finding Your Way Around, Grasping Patterns, and Unlocking
Secrets of the Instrument (Steve Schneider) (FULL!)
br> The more you understand how the hammered dulcimer is organized the easier it is to learn, to play, and to get comfortable. In this workshop we'll explore and discover helpful ways to get around on the instrument while developing facility. Toward that end, we'll use some interesting repertoire and exercises that will speed us on our way toward greater fluency and ultimate happiness as hammered dulcimer players and musicians.
- Tunes for Two (Anne Lough)
Explore the beautiful and enjoyable realm of creating and playing in “perfect harmony.”
- Träd: Cultivating Scandinavian Rhythm and Roots for
Dance Musicians (lydia ievans and Andrea Larson)
The Träd class is an intensive weekend workshop for instrumental musicians on melody instruments, largely though not exclusively slanted toward fiddle and nyckelharpa. Students will work on Swedish tune repertoire, learn about engaging your core rhythm, explore how dance and movement inform your role as a musician, and practice the skills of playing irresistibly inspiring music for dancing. The teaching level is best suited to intermediate and advanced players who are comfortable learning tunes by ear.
- Music From Momentum (Paul Oorts)
From classical pieces, jazz, quirky international numbers, to the music of the Beatles; this class will choose some of the repertoire from Paul and Steve’s recording Momentum and work on arranging skills with the students enrolled. Open to all instruments.
- Building Skills for the New Player (Anne Lough) Beg.
Starting with the bare basics of tuning and learning the layout of the instrument better, this class will build playing skills and confidence in new players and those needing a gentle approach with lovely tunes from the Celtic and Appalachian Repertoire.
- Refining your Skills (Jody Marshall) Adv. Beg.
Refine your solo playing and as well as expand your ability to accompany others. In this workshop you’ll develop skills for embellishing your melodies, including some “special effects” that are guaranteed to spice up your playing. Learn some specific tips and tricks for backing up jigs, reels, and waltzes.
- Tunes from No Strings Attached (Randy Marchany) Int.-Adv.
Learn some of the songs from the No Strings Attached repertoire. This all-around workshop will review basic skills and techniques and use song as examples of how these skills are used in an arrangement. Songs from the No Strings Attached song list include original, Celtic, swing, ethnic tunes.
- Doing More with Less (Steve Schneider) Int.-Adv. (FULL!)
The hammered dulcimer is a magical instrument, but it's really easy to destroy much of its magic and meaning by doing too much (or too little) and obscuring what you're trying to say. In this workshop we'll explore ways to play with intention that give you the means to make effective choices whether you're playing a simple melody, playing intricate and sophisticated music, improvising, or creating complex and compelling arrangements. Note: Please be prepared to play something of your choice. Also, ability to read music would be useful.
Late Afternoon Mini Classes:
- Students offering to teach a useful one hour mini-class may receive a $50 tuition discount. Call or email us by February 15, if you would like to teach a class for this discount.
Saturday Evening Open Mike
- Students and faculty are invited to share their latest work in an informal concert on Saturday evening. Followed by jam sessions in a variety of levels and styles.