Festival & Workshop Info

FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS For 2019

I plan to cut back on workshops in 2019 but will definitely be at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Details are below. As I choose topics and tunes to teach or feature, I will list them with each workshop. Many or most tunes 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 at the workshops. Any other handouts will be available at the workshops if not included here.
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May 19-25, 2019. Dulcimer Celebration.
John C. Campbell Folk School
1 Folk School Road
Brass town, NC 28902
http://www.folkschool.org

Music workshops with Janita Baker, Anne Lough, Madeline MacNeil, and Sam Rizzetta.

I will teach primarily hammer dulcimers with a focus on skills, techniques, unusual tunes, and group playing, as well as information on the care and maintenance of dulcimers.

The Dulcimer Celebration workshops will be divided into hammer dulcimer and fretted dulcimer groups and those into two experience levels: 1 – Novice/Intermediate and 2 – Intermediate/Advanced.

I will spend two morning sessions on “skills & repertoire” with the Novice/Intermediate group. We will explore hammer techniques and chord concepts that make music more exciting. And we will apply what we learn to interesting tunes. I will have handouts. Some tunes I might choose from are below and can be found on my Sheet Music page:
Goodbye Liza Jane
Little Liza Jane
Crooked Road To Brasstown
Lady Of The Mist
Bluebells
Highballing

I will spend two morning sessions on “skills & repertoire” with the Intermediate/Advanced group. Depending on group needs, I might cover hammering techniques and skills, harmony, chromatics, syncopation, and modal music. I will have handouts. Some tunes I might choose from are below and can be found on my Sheet Music page:
Lady Of The Mist
Bluebells
In The Labyrinth
Crooked Road To Brasstown
Sweetie Blues
Bumblebee Rag
Highballing
Quail Is A Pretty Bird

I will spend one afternoon session with all groups combined, hammer dulcimer and fretted dulcimer players. The emphasis will be on playing some fun music all together, including a round, music in parts, songs, and perhaps some modal tunes. I will have music handouts. Some of the tunes we might use can be found on my Sheet Music page:
Lincoln Beachey (vocal round)
Bluebells (countermelodies) I will have TAB for fretted dulcimer.
Birthday Hooray (Hey, it will be my birthday!)
Stars Shine Bright (A modal Christmas song)
Lady Of The Mist (time permitting; another haunting modal tune)
Nonesuch (In 5 parts, if we run out of things to do and you haven’t experienced this before!)

We are not likely to cover all the tunes listed. For the hammer dulcimer only workshops, other tunes and topics might be introduced if the group interest leads in other directions. The main goal is to have fun with our dulcimers.

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