3/2/2019: Picky Chicks and Chaps Workshop, Rural Heritage Center, Geneva, FL:
This will be a very fun day of workshops followed by a concert for this very active dulcimer group. They are great players and fun people and all will have a good time. Janet will also be offering fiddle workshops. For details about this group, please contact Sheryl Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3/5/2019: The Villages Workshop, Bacall Conference Center, The Villages, FL:
There are two active dulcimer groups in The Villages and they will be combining for this one day workshop. We will focus on techniques and adding variability to your playing…i.e.playing beyond the tab! Special thanks to Sally and Jim Smith for hosting Janet and me for this event.
5/23–26/2019: Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA:
This sweet dulcimer festival is a program of Ferrum College's Blue Ridge Institute and Museum. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Ferrum College offer a beautiful setting for 2 days of learning and playing. I am honored to be invited back again this year. I will be teaching a 3-part course on "Improving the Quality of the Sound You Produce" for Novice players. I will also be teaching an Intermediate class on "Playing Duets and Ensembles"; and a Novice and above class on "Beyond D! Playing in Other Tunings and Keys." Come immerse yourself in the traditions of the mountain dulcimer and join us for a great time! For further information, please see the website at www.ferrum.edu/crooked-road-dulcimer-festival.
6/21-22/2019: Sky Valley Retreat, Sky Valley, GA:
What an honor to be selected for this year's Sky Valley Retreat! Janet and I will be Artists-in-Residence at this lovely retreat for workshops, music, singing, friendship, and fun. Special thanks to the Melrose Dulcimers from Florida who make up a large number of the participants. For further information, please contact Laurie Alsobrook at email@example.com. Space is Limited!
7/21-26/2019: 20th Annual Dulcimer U Summer Week, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC:
I am very happy to be coming back to Dulcimer U summer week this year! This workshop is widely known as an excellent learning opportunity for students (extended morning skill level classes and a wide variety of afternoon classes provide much exposure to the teaching faculty), intimate faculty concerts, Dulcimer U Ensemble participation, a great location on the beautiful WCU campus, and much fellowship and fun. My morning skills class (upper intermediate, Level IV: "Playing Beyond the Notes") is already filled (sorry!), but you can put your name on a waiting list. The afternoon classes I will teach include Improving Your Fingering (Level II and III); Improving your Flatpicking (Level II); The Beauty of Lullabies (Level III and up); and Improving Your Listening, Expression, and performance (Level V). I hope to see you there! For further information, see the Dulcimer U website at www.wcu.edu and search "Dulcimer U Summer 2019."
3/15-21/2020: John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC.
I am thrilled to have been invited and scheduled to teach a week long dulcimer workshop at the renowned John C. Campbell Folk School. I was fortunate to have been there a number of years ago and have very fond memories of the program and the Folk School's attention to participant learning and experience. The details will be published in their 2020 catalog, but they have asked me to teach "Playing Beyond the Notes." We will cover concepts and techniques for producing good quality of sound, improving how we hear and listen to music, and how to increase your personal expression in the music you play. I hope to see you at this wonderful venue and help you improve your playing and enjoy the Folk School! For more information about the John C. Campbell Folk School, see their website at: www.folkschool.org.
Advanced Master Class
Right Hand Techniques
Left Hand Techniques
Improving Your Rhythm and Strum
Basic Principles of Dulcimer Playing
Smoothing Out Your Playing
Expressing Yourself Through Your Playing
Making a Tab Yours
Improving Your Sound
The Wonderful World of Chords
Improve your Chording
The Circle of Fifths Made Easy!
Improving Your Ear - Hearing and Listening
Hearing Chord Changes
Intervals and Ear/Finger Training
Adding Notes and variability to your Playing
Playing Tasteful Back-Up
Playing Duets and Ensembles
Playing Dulcimer with Other Instruments
Playing With a capo
Playing Above the 7th Fret
Exploring Aeolian Tuning
Exploring Alternate/Different Tunings
Playing Clawhammer/Old-Time Banjo
Beautiful Celtic Airs
Embellishing Celtic Airs
Songs of Stephen Foster
Waltzing with your Dulcimer
Lullabies from America and Around the World
Old Time Tunes in G, A, and C (as well as D)
Creative Old-Time Music
Expanding Your Old-Time Repertoire
Singing With the Dulcimer
Common and Not-so-common Old Time Songs
Arranging Your Music
Playing 5 Equidistant Strings
How to Teach the Dulcimer (or Banjo)
All classes/topics can be taught at all skill levels from beginner to advanced Master classes
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