2019 Dulcimer Chautauqua On The Wabash  

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2019 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.

Joe Collins

1A  Friday 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. "Focusing on Basic Chords" - Mountain Dulcimer, Advanced Beginner & Up - A workshop on playing in DAd out of major chords. Includes exercises and songs to improve one's ability to change chords efficiently.  

2A  Friday 10:30 a.m. - Noon  "Playing Upside Down!" - Mountain Dulcimer, Intermediate & Up - A workshop on playing inverted chords in DAd. The workshop will focus on building proficiency in playing out of inverted chords through skill-building exercises and learning songs which emphasize the technique.

3A  Friday 3:00 - 4:30 a.m.  "It takes Two to Waltz" - Mountain Dulcimer, Intermediate & Up - A repertoire of beautiful waltzes tabbed out for two parts!

4A  Saturday 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  "Sweet & Gentle Tunes, Vol. 4 - a Celtic Journey" - Mountain Dulcimer, Novice & Up - A repertoire workshop filled with slow-paced, pretty Celtic tunes of lasses, loves, and lullabies from Celtic lands. Includes "Irish Lullaby," Green Grow the Rashes," and a few more.

5A  Saturday 10:30 a.m. - Noon "Traditional Hymns" - Mountain Dulcimer, All Levels - A repertoire workshop featuring hymns that have been set in traditional Amaerican melodies, including "on Jordan's Stormy Banks"," "Awake, Awake to Love and Work." one of Joe's favorites "When I Can Read My Title Clear"." and others.  

6A  Saturday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.  "From Bum-Diddy to Rock-n-Roll" - Mountain Dulcimer, Intermediate & Up - A workshop for strumming/picking hand technique. Participants work on accuracy of picking individual strings and strumming out a number of rhythms outside the norm for mountain dulcimers.

Judy House

1B  Friday 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.  "Top 10 Practice Tips" - Mountain Dulcimer, Beginner and Up - Teachers will always tell you WHAT to practice, but they never tell you HOW to practice! Sign up for this class and learn what to do when you are practicing! You might be surprised at what you should be doing in order to learn to play your music. This applies to all instruments, not just the dulcimer! Become a better musician, faster!

2B  Friday 10:30 a.m. "Capo Anyone?" - Mountain Dulcimer, Advanced Beginner and Up - Use a capo to play in a variety of keys! Learn the what, when, where, and why of the capo. Don't forget to bring a capo with you to participate in class!    

3B  Friday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.  "Strumming - Does Your Left Hand Know What Your Right Hand Is Doing?" - Mountain Dulcimer, Beginner-Advanced Beginner - For so long, the right hand has been neglected. This workshop will take a look at where  your right hand is, where it should be, and what it is capable of doing! Your rhythm, dynamics, and smoothness all come from your right hand! By developing good strumming technique, your playing will be much improved! Come teach your right hand how to take the lead, and your left hand will follow!

4B  Saturday 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  "The Shape Of Things To Come" - Mountain Dulcimer, Advanced Beginner and Up - Once you start wanting to play more than one string at a timeon your dulcimer, it is easier if you know how to form chords in 4 main shapes. Come learn how to find all the D, G, A, Em, F#m chords, and more, using a simple pattern. We will also take a look at fingering techniques for smoother and faster playing of chords.

5B  Saturday 10:30 a.m. - Noon  "Multi-Part Arrangements" - Mountain Dulcimer, All Levels - Playing with a group requires additional skills along with those used when we play alone. Playing in a group where there are several different parts can even be more nerve-racking, but fun at the same time, not to mention more full and beautiful. In this workshop, we will talk about how to accomplish this and what skills we need to implement it. We will work on 2 or 3 songs with 3 to 6 parts. Bring your standard in instrument as well as bass, baritone, and/or Ginger to join in!

6B  Saturday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.  "Entertaining The Older Generation" - Mountain Dulcimer, Advanced Beginner and Up - We all get numerous opportunities to play our dulcimers for shut-ins and retirement home residents. Music is a wonderful way to bring back delightful memories for our older friends and family. Come learn a few songs that they can relate to and enjoy and make some new memories for yourself in the process.

Kirk House

1C  Friday 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. "Introduction to Bass Dulcimer (Bass Dulcimer 101) - Bass Dulcimer, Beginner - This class will provide an introduction to playing the bass dulcimer. It is designed for students who are new at playing the bass dulcimer (but who have had some experience playing a standard dulcimer); it is also appropriate for anyone just thinking about learning the bass dulcimer, or is otherwise interested. It is not necessary to bring a bass dulcimer to class if you don't have one already; all of the exercises can be done on a standard dulcimer tuned to D-A-D. We will cover fundamental principles of playing bass dulcimer "as a bass" - beginning with understanding common rhythms used in Old-Time and Bluegrass songs. We will learn how the bass player's line is built upon chord structure (root / fifth), and how to find those notes on the dulcimer fretboard. We will also do some "ear training" exercises to help learn to recognize when chord changes occur in a song. Can you play chords with the bass dulcimer? We will use a variety of instructional resources to answer that question, and more as we accomplish our goals. (A 1.5 fret is not mandatory but is highly recommended.)

2C  Friday 10:30 - Noon  "Some useful techniques for the advancing beginner in Bass Dulcimer (Bass Dulcimer 102) - Bass Dulcimer, Advancing Beginner - In this class we will explore additional rhythms, beyond playing the basic "1st and 3rd" beats in 4/4 time. In particular we will look at how to play the bass in 3/4 time(waltzes) and 6/8 time. We will also briefly touch on the following thee topics: *The role of the bass player as "time-keeper" in the band; some ways to develop your own time-keeping ability. *Introduction to the basics of how to write your own bass lines for songs you don't have "tab" for. * (If time permits) Playing blues rhythms on the bass. Standard dulcimer tuned to D-A-D welcome to join the class. Also, a 1.5 fret is not mandatory but is highly recommended.

3C  Friday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. "Keeping The Rhythm - Performance Tips and Practice Techniques to improve your time-keeping" (Bass Dulcimer 201) - Bass Dulcimer, Intermediate - Since in some groups the bass player is considered the "rhythm keeper," we will focus on specific things you can do to help keep a steady beat when performing. We will also examine methods you can incorporate into your practice time, including technologies now available (more than just metronomes). (Note: Although this class is aimed at bass players, there is a lot of information that would be useful to any dulcimer player, standard or bass.)

4C  Saturday 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. "Writing Your Own Bass Lines" (Bass Dulcimer 202) - Bass Dulcimer, Intermediate - Tab is great, but you'll find that there is not a lot of tab readily already written for the bass dulcimer. How can you learn to write your own bass lines? This of course is a lengthy subject, but we will focus on the basic principles involved. This class will give the tools you need to pursue this endless quest. (My mantra: I will give you *tools* not *tab*) 

5C  Saturday 10:30 a.m. - Noon  "Playing the blues on the bass" (Bass Dulcimer 203) - Bass Dulcimer, Intermediate - We'll talk about the basic principles of blues patterns, and how the bass player fits into that scenario.

6C  Saturday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. "Common Riffs That I use When Playing Bass, And Where To Use Them" (bass Dulcimer 205) - Bass Dulcimer, Intermediate - this workshop will focus on "walking bass" patterns - both short/simple and longer. Put these into your toolbox and know when to pull them out.

Aaron O'Rourke (*Due to his nursing school schedule Aaron will not be teaching classes on Friday, but will be performing for both concerts and teaching Saturday classes)

4D  Saturday 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. "Rapid-Fire Notes" - Mountain Dulcimer, Advanced - When a performer plays a fast burst of notes, it can seem like the trick is to move both hands as fast as possible and just hope that musical notes come out. The truth is, there are specific techniques that are doable and will help you play fast bursts of notes in a very musical way. In this class we'll explore three of these techniques and discuss ways to apply them to tunes you already know. D-A-D tuning.

5D  Saturday 10:30 - Noon "Introduction to Flatpicking" - Mountain Dulcimer, Novice - This class will cover the absolute basics of flatpicking technique on the mountain dulcimer and we'll work on a few tunes in the process. 

(D-A-D tuning)   

6D  Saturday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. "Scottish Lute Music" - Mountain Dulcimer, Intermediate - While the music of Scotland tends to be associated with the bagpipes, there is also a rich repertoire of lute music that happens to work perfectly for the mountain dulcimer. (D-A-D Tuning, Bring a capo)

Rick Thum

1E  Friday 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  "Get Comfortable with your Dulcimer" - Hammered Dulcimer, Beginner - We will learn the basics to help you understand your instrument and how to play it. We will also learn the jam tune "Soldier's Joy" with a great hammer pattern that will make your fiddle tunes dance.

2E  Friday 10:30 a.m. - Noon  "Chord Arranging" - Hammered Dulcimer, Intermediate & Up - There are more than three chords in a given key. Lets learn how to know what they are and how to use them. We will arrange a song and then learn how to play all of the chords in a given key.

3E  Friday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.  "Horizontal Chords" - Hammered Dulcimer, Intermediate & Up - These patterns will help you use your entire dulcimer when using chords. We will use them as embellishments and as jam survival. Lots of hands on playing.

4E  Saturday 8:30 - 4:30 a.m.  "Syncopation and Pleasure House Rag" - Hammered Dulcimer, Intermediate & Up - We will learn the song "Pleasure House Rag" and through it syncopation. We will then learn how to adapt the syncopation pattern so that it will have many varied uses. Lots of playing.

5E  Saturday 10:30 a.m. - Noon  "Drones, Thirds, and Harmonies" - Hammered Dulcimer, Advanced Beginner & Up - Droning is not just the basic adding one note. We will see how far we can take this technique. You might be surprised. We will also explore thirds and harmonies as embellishments. Lots of playing and fun!

6E  Saturday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.  "The Layers of Music" - Hammered Dulcimer, Intermediate & Up - Music is just notes and beats. It is how we group them that makes it a great experience. We will look at all of the levels of groupings that makes for great music. This class is a lot of listening and some playing. This will open your eyes to what makes a great performance.

DeeDee Tibbits

1F  Friday 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.  "Advanced Hammered Dulcimer"  - Hammered Dulcimer, Advanced - Arranging our tunes, and playing more musically as well as using hand-separation can take us to the next level! We will also play some great tunes with MANY parts!

2F  Friday 10:30 a.m. - Noon  "Let's Get This Adventure Started' - Hammered Dulcimer, Beginner - Key grouping, scales, arpeggios, and hammer patterns are all important parts of playing this amazing instrument! And we'll learn a couple of tunes too!

3F  Friday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.  "Now Let's Add 'Stuff' To Our Playing!" - Hammered Dulcimer, Past Beginner / Intermediate - Drones, Harmony, flams, and other ornaments will make our playing more fun, and interesting! We'll also learn how to play in a group. 

4F  Saturay 8:30 - 10;00 a.m.  "Intermediate Hammered Dulcimer" - Hammered Dulcimer, Intermediate - Let's explore vamps, intros, outros, drones, and pentatonic scales to add to our playing!

5F  Saturday 10:30 a.m. - Noon  "What Is This Thing, And How Do I Play It?" - Beginning Whistle - Fingering, mouth position, scales and tone are important when learning this beautiful instrument.

6F  Saturday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.  "Putting The Irish Magic In Our Whistles" - Intermediate Whistle

Mark Alan Wade

1G  Friday 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  "Really Irish Reels" - Mountain Dulcimer, Advanced - This fun class helps you to delve into Irish ornamentation on reels and will make you sound Irish in no time! I'm selecting tunes that give opportunites to practice Irish ornaments, as well as dulcimer techniques like flat-picking, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. You'll leave this session with a few new tunes and a handful of new techniques!

2G  Friday 10:30 a.m. - Noon  "Tunes That Teach" - Mountain Dulcimer, Intermediate - We'll learn fun tunes, like Joys of Quebec or Willafiord, that have a lot more to teach us than just the melody itself. We'll learn chord fingerings to drop in on the fly, syncopations, and some strumming patterns to make it more interesting  

3G  Friday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. "The Fox" - Mountain Dulcimer, Beginner - This is a simple tune that is fun to play and sing! Besides learning the catchy melody, it offers lots of opportunities to learn harmonies and practice chording as well. We'll learn filler strumming patterns to sustain the long melody notes too. Bonus: My kids love this tune!

4G  Saturday 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  "Getting Beyond The Melody" - Hammered Dulcimer, Beginner - In this hands-on workshop we will learn a new tune, and more importantly, what comes next after you get the melody of a tune. We'll learn three easy ways to enhance your melodies with harmonies, fillers, and easy variations, while immediately applying these methods to the new tune. The best part is that these tips are easily transferred to other songs you know!

5G Saturday 10:30 a.m. - Noon  "Chord Substitutions For Non-Chord-Minded Players" - Hammered Dulcimer, Advanced - In this class you'll learn easy ways to quickly ID every chord option to add to your melodies. It's the perfect way to get out of the I, IV, V chords and think outside of the box. This class is an eye-opener and intended for folks who aren't "music theory people." Prepare for lightbulbs to go off! Before the festival brush up on the tune "Planxty Fanny Power" for our applications.

6G Saturday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.   "Pentatonic Irish Jig Tunes" - Hammered Dulcimer, Intermediate - It is amazing the amount of music you can get out of just 5 pitches! Learn what the pentatonic scale is and catchy 5-note tunes! We'll use these tunes to explore effective ways the Irish ornament melodies and how to solve The Great Jig Conundrum: hammering patterns with 2 hands for 3 beats.