Festival & Workshop Info


As I choose tunes to teach or feature, I will list them with each workshop below. They will be posted on the SHEET MUSIC page, so you can print them out ahead of time if you wish to. I will also have copies to hand out at the workshops.

Dulci-More Festival 22
Memorial Day Weekend
Friday-Sunday, May 27-29, 2016
BSA Camp McKinley
37748 Furnace Road, Lisbon, Ohio 44432

Sam’s Dulci-More workshops:

MODAL TUNES. (Easy Intermediate Level and above.) The basic do-re-mi, etc. notes can be used to play in haunting scales other than the familiar major scale. Such scales are called “modes”, and some of the most wonderful tunes are modal. The good news is that the dulcimer makes this easy.

When old-time musicians say a tune is “modal,” they often mean the tune is in the haunting mixolydian mode, a scale like the major scale but with the 7th note of the scale flatted. If this sounds like Greek, not to worry. All will be explained. We will learn a modal waltz, Lady Of The Mist. If time permits, we might look at Orcas In The Moonlight.

DULCIMER SINGS THE BLUES. (Easy Intermediate Level and above.) Blues intervals and how to play them on the dulcimer. Learn the blue notes and a blues tune plus tricks and licks. This is the most fun you can have with hammers in your hands! And it is an easy introduction to using chromatic notes. We will learn either Boiler House Blues or Sweetie Blues.

RAGTIME RYTHMS. (Easy Intermediate Level and above) This is an introduction to syncopation, the essential ingredient of ragtime. It also adds spice to many other types of music. And I have some fun tunes that give us any easy way to learn it. You can use it to jazz up your playing! The dulcimer really makes ragtime sparkle. Learn how to get a handle, or a hammer, on it. We will probably learn Wake Up Rag (short version). This is a short, one hour workshop. But if time permits, we might look at Spring Fling or the new Bumble Bee Rag.

June 26 – July 1
Bardstown, KY

I have not yet chosen what tunes we will learn in the Kentucky Music Week workshops. But I do expect to post them a few weeks beforehand. They will mostly be tunes I did not teach last year at KMW.

Sam’s KMW Classes:

SESSION 1 A-Chording We Will Go! Chord Theory for Hammered Dulcimer.
Intermediate Level. Learn how to find and play chords and how to use them in tunes. Use chord knowledge to ornament your own arrangements. Learn to play chord back up to unfamiliar tunes. We’ll cover basic chords, arpeggios, inversions, 7th chords, chord substitutions, and perhaps touch on some of the more advanced and colorful chords.

SESSION 2 Creativity.
Beginning and Intermediate Levels. Use the hammered dulcimer to free your creative muse. Explore scales that are foundations for traditional music and harmony. Improvise and create melodies. Have fun and make beautiful music without having to learn tunes. We might even compose a group tune or two!

SESSION 3 Ragtime Frolics!
Advanced Level. Have fun with syncopation, chromatic notes, blue notes, hot licks, cute tricks, snazzy chords, and learn some ragtime as well as other tunes that use them.

SESSION 4 Modal Tunes.
Intermediate Level. Use scales beyond the familiar major scale to explore interesting and haunting tunes. The dulcimer makes this easy. When old-time fiddlers say a tune is “modal”, they mean it uses a scale other than the familiar major or minor. If this sounds like Greek, not to worry. All will be revealed.

July 14-17
Evart, MI

Join Sam for a painless introduction to chromatic notes, blues intervals, and how to play them on hammer dulcimer. We will learn Sweetie Blues, and, if time permits, we will add some blues ornamentation. 12-11 size dulcimers are okay.

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