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:
Healing Springs
Lady Of The Mist
Bluebells
Stars Shine Bright

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
Crooked Road To Brasstown
Bumblebee Rag
Stars Shine Bright
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June 2-7, 2019. Continuing Hammered Dulcimer
John C. Campbell Folk School
1 Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902
http://www.folkschool.org

A Sam Rizzetta workshop for easy intermediate level players who are just beyond the beginner stages. Players should have their own dulcimer and know how to tune it. They should be able to play at least a few simple tunes slowly and have recent playing experience. Music reading is helpful but not necessary. I will choose music and lessons as group needs dictate and will provide handouts. This is an exciting stage for aspiring dulcimer players, and it will be a fun week.

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