Festival & Workshop Info

FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS For 2018

As I choose tunes to teach or feature, I will list them with each workshop below. 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 plan to have copies at the workshops. Any other handouts will be available at the workshops if not included with workshops listed here.
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KENTUCKY MUSIC WEEK 2018
June 24 – 29
Bardstown, KY
http://www.kentuckymusicweek.com

I will teach four workshops at KMW 2018.

SESSION I: HAMMERED DULCIMER MAINTENANCE AND CARE!
All Levels welcome, Beginning to Advanced.
Making beautiful dulcimer music is not just a matter of practice. The dulcimer is a mechanical beast that can only be tamed by careful adjustment and maintenance. Learn how to do it yourself from a lifelong designer and builder. Bring your dulcimers and questions. This will be hands on. I will have demo dulcimers for you to practice on. We’ll cover the following topics to the extent time allows:

– replacing broken strings (the correct way)
– tightening loose tuning pins
– setting and adjusting bridges
– tuning tips (for getting in tune and staying in tune)
– using electronic tuners (and which ones work best)
– what to tune to: equal vs. mean-tone temperaments
– padding and re-padding hammers
– getting the best tone
– installing TriStander legs
– touching up the finish
– problems to look for
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SESSION II: MO TUNES (MODAL MUSIC)!
Hammer Dulcimer. Intermediate & Advanced.
This is going to be a really exciting class this year with lots of new material! Modal scales take us beyond the familiar major scale into the most haunting music. And the dulcimer is well suited for modal tunes. When old-time fiddlers say a tune is “modal”, they mean it uses a scale other than the familiar major or minor. Such tunes can be emotional, evocative, strange, wonderful, and really fun! For those who have taken my modal workshops in the past, I can cover lots of different tunes and new material. So feel welcome to join me again.

I will have sheet music to handout. But for those who want an advance look, most tunes are here on the Sheet Music Page. I plan for us to learn fun and useful tunes in all seven of the modes. I’ve even written some easy waltzes for us in the less common and more mysterious modes, and you can find them on the Sheet Music Page. They are: Phrygian Waltz, Lydian Waltz, Locrian Waltz, and Dorian Waltz. For the more common modes, there exists a lot of wonderful music, both traditional and original. I will choose a few tunes from among the ones listed below and base choices on what best suits the group. Many of these are on the Sheet Music Page.

Stars Shine Bright, Dark River, Quail Is A Pretty Bird, Cedars In Snow, Purple Cloud, Bonaparte’s Retreat, Campbell’s Farewell To Red Gap, Greasy Coat, Bear Ran Down The Mountain, In The Cathedral Forest, The Stars Like Dust, Deluge, Evening Is Like A Rose, The Coral Girl And The Shoemaker, Balquhidder Lasses, Wild Rose Of The Mountain.
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SESSIOAN III: CREATIVITY
Hammer Dulcimer. Intermediate.
Use hammer dulcimer to free your creative muse. We will have fun improvising and creating melodies. Make beautiful music without having to learn tunes. Help compose a group tune. Music reading is not necessary. Give yourself a time out from the memorization brain drain of your other classes.
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SESSION IV: A-CHORDING WE WILL GO; CHORD THEORY FOR HAMMER DULCIMER
Hammer Dulcimer. Intermediate.
How to find and play chords and use them in tunes. Use chord knowledge to ornament your own arrangements. Learn chord back up for unfamiliar tunes. We will cover basic chords, arpeggios, inversions, 7th chords, chord substitutions, plus some colorful secondary and advanced chords. And we will put them into practice and into tunes.
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OLD DULCIMER PLAYERS CLUB FUNFEST 2018
July 19-21
Evart, MI
http://www.originaldulcimerplayers.org

I will offer three workshops at this year’s FunFest.

JUG BAND MUSIC
Hammer Dulcimer. Skill Level: Advanced.
Learn Memphis Shakedown, a hot, 1930s jug band tune related to blues, ragtime, and boogie. Syncopation and chromatics lay a foundation for playing more interesting music.

To print a copy, go to: samrizzetta.com. Click on: Sheet Music. Under Traditional Tunes, open “Memphis Shakedown”.
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PARALLEL HARMONIES #1
Hammer Dulcimer. Skill Level: Beginner 2 and Intermediate.
Parallel harmonies are fun and a good introduction to chords and variations. Learn a tune, New Mexico Sunrise, for practicing these harmonies.

To print a copy, go to: samrizzetta.com. Click on: Sheet Music. Under Rizzetta Tune Archive, open “New Mexico Sunrise”.

For more on this topic, I recommend also taking the class below, Parallel Harmonies #2.
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PARALLEL HARMONIES #2
Hammer dulcimer. Skill level: Intermediate (Advanced players also welcome).
Learn a catchy tune in 3/4 time, Fat Cat Fandango, and a harmony part. Parallel harmonies are easy to play and fun for duets and variations. If you are somewhat new to playing harmony, I recommend taking the previous workshop, Parallel Harmonies #1, first. Harmonies #1 will be scheduled before Harmonies #2.

To print a copy, go to: samrizzetta.com. Click on: Sheet Music. Under Rizzetta Tune Archive, open “Fat Cat Fandango duet”.

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