2017 Dulcimer Chautauqua On The Wabash  

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2017 Dulcimer Chautauqua On The Wabash Workshops

Workshop offerings are grouped by teacher. There is an Alpha-numeric designation and title given for each class which are to be utilized when enrolling for the workshops.

Dan Evans

1A  Friday 9:00 - 11:00 A.M"Expressive Techniques" - Novice & Above

Through specially designed exercises, we will learn how to play employing expressive techniques, including harmonics, slides, vibrato, etc. - these can then be used in your own songs to put finesse and feeling into your playing.

2A  Friday 2:30 - 4:30 P.M.  "Song Accompaniment In D-A-A" - Novice & Above

We will play chords in D-A-A to create effective accompaniments to beautiful folk songs (probably from the British Isles). We will look carefully at fingering the chords and some simple right hand techniques.

3A  Saturday (9:00 - 11:00 A.M.  "Beautiful Airs In D-A-A" - Intermediate & Above

We will play beautiful instrumental arrangements in D-A-A of popular folk songs (probably from the British Isles). We will learn the songs, the method of arranging them as airs, and some useful playing techniques that can be applied to your own songs.

4A  Saturday 2:30 - 4:30 P.M.  "Bagpipe Tuning A-A-A"  Novice & Above

Bagpipe tuning is often underrated, and it gives a strong resonant sound. In this general introduction to Bagpipe tuning we will learn a few simple tunes with a pick to develop a rich dulcimer sound.

Molly McCormack

1B  Friday 9:00 - 11:00 A.M.  "Using Your Senses" - Beginner

Learn some simple tunes by using your eyes, ears, and touch. This class will cover basic strumming, fingering, and how to keep time as you play while we learn a few new tunes. Recording devices are welcomed. D-A-D Tuning

2B  Friday 2:30 - 4:30 P.M.  "Mournful Melodies" - Intermediate

Bring your dulcimer and a box of Kleenex. We'll learn some sad but beautiful melodies in minor keys that might bring tears to your eyes. D-A-D Tuning; Please bring a Capo. Recording devices are welcomed.

3B  Saturday 9:00 - 11:00 A.M.  "Singing Campfire Songs On The Mountain Dulcimer" - Novice & Above

Learn to use the basic chords as well as three-finger chords and rhythmic patterns to accompany yourself and others while singing some old favorites. Recording devices are welcomed. D-A-D Tuning

4B  Saturday 2:30 - 4:30 P.M.  "Cool A Tunes" - Advanced

Learn some cool jam tunes in the Key of A. We will learn these tunes by ear, but tab will be provided for you to take home. D-A-D Tuning. Please bring a Capo

Sarah Morgan

1C  Friday 9:00 - 11:00 A.M.  "Advanced Duets and Trios" - Advanced

Learn two and three part arrangements of classical and Celtic pieces, upbeat fiddle tunes, and mellow hymns that will challenge and introduce advanced techniques that bring out all of the unique tones the dulcimer has to offer. Good for duets/trios, but these arrangements will also work for larger groups. Bring a capo.

2C  Friday 2:30 - 4:30 P.M.  "An Appalachian Christmas" - Intermediate

With Christmas just around the corner, it's time to start collecting some Christmas pieces. But you won't find "Rudolph" or "Frosty" anywhere here! I'll be teaching some obscure and unique Christmas pieces from Appalachia that have survived the ages for good reason.

3C  Saturday 9:00 - 11:00 A.M.  "Simply Hymns: Beginner Technique And Repertoire" - Beginner

We will utilize well-known hymns and religious music to learn to play the dulcimer! A heavy emphasis will be put on timing, rhythm, and ear-training D-A-D

4C  Saturday 2:30 - 4:30 P.M.  "Building Firm Foundations In Your Playing" - Novice

We will be reviewing and solidifying the basics you have learned as a beginner and moving on to the next level of technique, and repertoire. Topics include (as time allows) playing smoothly and cleanly, a simple approach to timing and rhythm, chord/melody style playing, making the most of your practice time, memorizing songs, strumming with ease, basic chords and back-up, hearing phrases in tunes, and an introduction to more advanced techniques, such as hammer-ons and pull-offs. The repertoire for this class will include basic jam tunes, hymns, and traditional songs. A review of all the stuff lots of players take for granted. We'll review how to string it, hold it, tune it, strum it, fret it, chord it, and love it. Consider this class your mountain dulcimer survival kit. The skills covered here will help you through all the classes that follow.

Stephen Seifert

1D  Friday 9:00 - 11:00 A.M.  "Foundational Techniques" - Beginner

A review of all the stuff lots of players take for granted. We'll review how to string it, hold it, tune it, strum it, fret it, chord it, and love it. Consider this class your mountain dulcimer survival kit. The skills covered here will help you through all the classes that follow.

2D  Friday 2:30 - 4:30 P.M.  "Group Playing Workout" - Beginning To Intermediate

Working with common tunes, I'll show you how to sound like a band or orchestra via multiple octaves, harmonies, rhythmic/melodic variety, and back-up. All this off just one or two simple pieces of tablature.

3D  Saturday 9:00 - 11:00 A.M.  "Introduction To Fingerpicking" - Intermediate

We'll start with a super easy fingerpicking tune to show you all the main techniques including filler picking. I'll then work through a more complex arrangement. 

4D  Saturday 2:30 - 4:30 P.M.  "Simple To Fancy And Back Again (Embellishing Tunes)" - Intermediate & Above

I'll show you how to make fancy tunes easy and easy tunes fancy. I've got plenty of examples, This is the stuff that will allow you to tackle music that you previously was out of your range as well as make stuff you thought was a little boring become fun and interesting.

Ted Yoder  *Hammered Dulcimer

1E  Saturday 2:3 - 4:30 P.M.  "Skills For Arranging" - Beginner to Intermediate

I have very specific techniques and practices which I've used to get me to where I am, and I'd like to pass them on to you for early development of basic skills.
2E  Friday 9:00 - 11:00 A.M.  "Arranging Part 1" - Intermediate - Advanced

"Everybody Wants To Rule The World".

How to be the one-man (or woman) -band. I have very specific techniques and practices which I've used to get me to where I am, and I'd like to pass them on to you for early development of basic skills.

3E  Friday 2:30 - 4:30 P.M.  "Arranging Part 2" - Intermediate
"Here Comes The Sun" - (start)

Played in the original key just to make your life interesting. A really fun song with great time signature changes! 

4E  Saturday 9;00 - 11:00 A.M. "Arranging Part 3" - Intermediate

"Here Comes The Sun" - (finish)

Played in the original key just to make your life interesting. A really fun song with great time signature changes!

Venues will be given as soon as they are determined... Stay tuned!