2019 Workshops & Events Information

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Sample Tune:
"Keven's Coma
Composed & Performed by Joellen Lapidus on Mountain Dulcimer,
Yvette Devereaux on Violin, Gordon Peeke on Spoons on her NEW CD
‘Dulcimer Music for the Pelican Ballet’




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Patti Amelotte   "Absolute Beginner Hammered Dulcimer"

9:00 - 10:15 am
(In Conference Room: See Other Workshops 1)
Learn basic skills, get an understanding of the layout and learn a tune or two to start or restart your hammered dulcimer playing.

Brenda Hunter   “Expand Your Repertoire”

9:00 - 10:15 am
Advanced Beginner/ Intermediate – If you have taken even 1 Absolute Beginner HD workshop – you belong in this class
We’ll learn an old-time reel in a major key (it even changes key in the B part!) and a polka in a minor mode. Both tunes are easy to learn by ear but music will be provided.

Karen Ashbrook   “Dancing with the Modes!”

10:30 - 11:45 am
We will use the simple 3 part French tune Les Dragoons, that covers Mixolydian, Major and Minor modes - with accompaniment and harmonies! We'll cover drones, intervals and the diamond chord shape. This is a fun tune for jamming! Advanced Beginners (you should be able to play a few tunes and are ready to put in a few chords.)

Karen Harvey   “Bridget Cruise (O’Carolan)"

2:15 - 3:30 pm
Learn ‘Bridget Cruise’, a beautiful, slow Celtic tune, by Turlough O’Carolan, an Irish harper and composer. Since this tune is written in the major pentatonic mode, you will learn about the music structure of this music mode. If time, you will also learn a short, happy and fun-to-play Scottish tune, entitled ‘Mairi’s Wedding’. By the end of the class, you will have the sheet music and an opportunity to record both tunes with suggestions of pairings with other traditional tunes.

Hammered Dulcimer 2

Karen Ashbrook    “A Flemish March - Hammer & Chord Techniques" 

9:00 - 10:15 am
We will use this old Flemish march, Marche Van de Brabanste Omwenteling, to focus on bouncing hammer techniques - bouncing grace notes, flams and rolled chords.

Patti Amelotte  “Classical Gems to Improve Your Playing ”

10:30 - 11:45 am
We will improve your parallel hand playing, hand independence, knowledge of chromatics and work on expressiveness using two beautiful classical pieces: Barcarolle from ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’ and The Flower Duet from ‘Lakme’ by Delibe.

Karen Ashbrook  “Jewish Frailachs”

2:15 - 3:30 pm
A "frailach" is Yiddish for a happy dance tune in 4/4. They can be slow or fast. Using "Frailach #7," you will get a happy, exotic melody and learn both slower and faster rhythmic accompaniment patterns, enough to satisfy your inner klezmer wanna-be :-).


Fretted Dulcimer 1
(Fretted/ Mountain/ Appalachian Dulcimer = different names for the same instrument)

Kay Bolin   “Absolute Beginner"

9:00 - 10:15 am
A little strumming, a little fingerpicking, an introduction to TAB and three basic chords. Bring a dulcimer and a pick. Additionally, if you have one, please bring a tuner and a music stand.

Leo Kretzner   “Easy songs with Basic Chords - DAD Tuning”  

10:30 - 11:45 am
Beginning to Intermediate
Simple, first position chords in D-A-D tuning will be introduced - or reviewed, as the case may be - and used to play several different songs, including Dark Is the Color, El Condor Pasa, Tom Petty’s folk masterpiece Wildflowers and others. Two different simple strumming patterns will be used, one in 4/4 time and the other in ¾ or waltz timing. Tablatures will include lyrics for all songs. A playing-and-singing workshop!


Sarah Morgan  “Building Firm Foundations in Your Playing

2:15 - 3:30 pm
We will be reviewing and solidifying the basics you have learned as a beginner and moving on to the next level of technique. We’ll work on playing smoothly and cleanly, learning simple tunes by ear, making a tune “your own”, and simple ways to approach timing and rhythm. We’ll be playing simple songs and fun old-time fiddle tunes. DAD

Fretted Dulcimer 2

Sarah Morgan   “Old-Time Fiddle Tunes from Eastern Kentucky"

9:00 - 10:15 am
Come learn some unique and fun old-time tunes that are from the Eastern mountains of Kentucky. We’ll be discussing the mountain dulcimer’s role in old-time music and how to add rhythmic drive and variation to these tunes. I’ll be teaching these tunes by ear, phrase by phrase. But don’t worry, you’ll go home with the TAB. Be ready to explore other tunings beside DAD.


Sarah Morgan  “Southern Appalachian Story Songs”

10:30 - 11:45 am
Ballads brought drama and intrigue to rural Appalachia. We will be playing and singing a few of my favorite ballads. We’ll cover how to effectively accompany the voice on the dulcimer. We’ll also briefly cover the unique vocal techniques found in this regional style of singing. Be ready to explore other tunings besides DAD.

Joellen Lapidus   “Rhythm: Beyond bum ditty"

2:15 - 3:30 pm
This is a workshop to develop your strumming hand technique. We will play songs in 2/4, 3/4, 6/8, pop, world and jazz rhythms. We will focus on clarity, speed and an understanding of rhythm. Intermediate/Advanced

Doug Thomson   “Train Songs for Fretted Dulcimers”

2:15 - 3:30 pm
(Conference Room - See Dulcimer/ Other Workshops 1)
Join me for a train ride of fun old time train songs with the Fretted Dulcimer! I will teach the melodies of many familiar train songs. Also some sing a-longs too!


Joellen Lapidus   “Improvising Melody, Chords and Rhythm: Take the Risk!"

3:45 - 4:45 pm

This is a hands on class. You are expected to take the risk to hit right and wrong notes. We will use simple basic chord progressions, simple rhythms and tunings to give you an opportunity to "listen to your inner music" and not the written page and take a risk and begin to create music, which is another way of saying "improvise”. Intermediate/ Advanced
Same photo as above

Other Workshops 1

Patti Amelotte   "Absolute Beginner Hammered Dulcimer"

9:00 - 10:15 am
(In Conference Room: See Hammered Dulcimer 1)
Learn basic skills, get an understanding of the layout and learn a tune or two to start or restart your hammered dulcimer playing.

Terry Gucwa   “Music Theory - What to Know and What to Ignore?"
(Open to All)

10:30 - 11:45 am
Many players have been excessively frustrated about not understanding some of the language and concepts we call “Music Theory.” Usually the source of frustration is just not important for the recreational folk music instrumentalist/ singer. Then, they dislike the whole subject because of something they won’t ever use, anyway. In this workshop we’ll go over the major subject areas we lump into the term Music Theory and identify what knowledge and skills are:
- Useful for working and communicating with others in an informal folk jam or band,
- Necessary for the high school/college/community band/orchestral player,
- Useful for arrangers, composers, and the nerds who enjoy this stuff.
You may discover subject areas you want to learn more about, and others you can guiltlessly forget.


Doug Thomson   “Train Songs for Fretted Dulcimers"

2:15 - 3:30 pm
Join me for a train ride of fun old time train songs with the Fretted Dulcimer! I will teach the melodies of many familiar train songs. Also some sing a-longs too!

Rich Briggs   “Cigar Box Instruments Demo”

3:45 - 4:45 pm
Demo of building a slide neck Blues guitar/ strum stick/ mountain dulcimer from a builder of Cigar Box instruments, who is a vendor at the festival.

Other Workshops 2

Dana Whitney   “Autoharp” 

9:00 - 10:15 am
This is a Beginning Workshop and your chance to see how easy it is to begin to play an autoharp! Although participants are encouraged to bring your own autoharp, loaners will be available for up to eight students. We will cover the basics of the autoharp, including what kinds of autoharps there are, tuning, basic strumming techniques, playing the chord bar, and even demystifying the Nashville chord numbering system. Most of all, you will leave knowing how to play three easy familiar songs on an autoharp!

Brenda Hunter   “Fiddle - Fiddling Around with Waltzes"

10:30 - 11:45 pm
Learn a lovely Swedish waltz and one from the Celtic tradition as well.

Dave Ogden  “Bodhran  - Irish Frame Drum" (Beginning)

2:15 - 3:30 pm
Bring your drum (or a pizza box). Some pizza boxes provided. The instructor will have extra tippers (the stick).

Kathryn LaMar   “Drums, Flutes and You"

3:45 - 4:45 pm

If you have a beating heart, you can play drums, and if you can blow out a candle, you can play the Native American Style Flute. Together, we will learn basic sounds on the drum and how to play a pentatonic minor scale (fancy words for five notes) on the flute. Then we'll explore scale-song melodies, accompanied by universal rhythms, and learn the secrets of joyful ensemble playing. No experience necessary, instruments provided. Your own instruments are welcome (bring NA flutes in D min or A min, if you have them), as are observers.

Other Workshops 3

Bill Dempsey   “Beginning Ukulele"

9:00 - 10:15 am
Getting started on the ukulele: Introduction to the uke; tuning; basic strumming; basic chords; instruction on playing a few simple songs. Please bring your own instrument. There may be a few loaners by request. Bill has a new CD, “Bill’s Uke” including vocals and can share info. on his favorite songs. http://billdempseymusic.com

Linda King Pruitt   “The Power of Story - Introduction to Storytelling”

10:30- 11:45 am
A brief introduction to storytelling, the many places story can be used, storytelling exercises, and of course stories! Handouts will be included. www.LKPstoryteller.com


Bill Dempsey   “Sing and Play"  (All Instruments)

2:15 - 3:30 pm
Learn from a pro - how to play your instrument and sing along with it at the same time. Bill accompanies himself and others on fretted dulcimer/ guitar/ ukulele/ 5 string banjo/ harmonica/ trombone/ pocket trumpet/ cajon/ etc! Bill has a new CD out, “Bill Dempsey - Dulcimer” with vocals and all mountain dulcimer. http://billdempseymusic.com

Leo Kretzner   “Beginning Harmonica - C&D Harmonicas" (Beginning/Intermediate)  

3:45 - 4:45 pm

BYO or borrow.
Like both kinds of dulcimers, the harmonica is a diatonic instrument – that is, the notes are all within the scale of the key it’s tuned to. Red River Valley and other simple songs will be taught and music given out. Also covered will be “playing cross-harp,” meaning playing in the key produced not by blowing into the harmonica but by pulling/breathing in – eg, the key of A for a D harmonica – and bending notes. This style of playing produces a bluesy sound for songs like Kokomo Blues (‘Sweet Home Chicago’).

 "Free" Activities - Participate or Listen -
Open Jams, Mid-Day Concert, Workshop on Jamming, Community Jam

Patty McCollom (Fiddle, Whistle, Banjo)  “OPEN JAM LEADER"

9:00 -11:45 am
All acoustic instruments welcome!
in this INDOOR jam in Fellowship Hall, near the food area. Bring your favorite music resources such as Fiddlers Fake Book or play by ear. All are fine.

Coloring For All Ages!   “Souvenirs"

  • FREE!!!
  • 9:00 am - 12:45 am and 2:15 pm - 4:45 pm
  • Fellowship Hall

Marianne Scanlon (HD, guitar)     “OPEN JAM LEADER"

2:15 am - 3:45 pm
All acoustic instruments welcome!
in this INDOOR jam in Fellowship Hall, near the food area. Bring your favorite music resources such as Fiddlers Fake Book or play by ear. All are fine.

Bill Dempsey & Bob Palmer   “Playing Together - Focus on Fretted Dulcimers"  (Beginning/Early Intermediate)

4:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Free workshop on how to jam!!  
Open to All Acoustic Instruments & All Levels!

Tips covered on how to: join in on tunes; follow the rhythm; jam etiquette; simplify tunes on the spot; listen to other players; build a repertoire; suggestions for tune/song resources; start a tune when it’s your turn; counting in/ potatoes/ other starts.  This workshop will include running through some simpler jam tunes!!

Barbara Gershman (HD and Accordion) & Terry Gucwa (Cello)  
FREE Community Jam"

  • 3:45 - 4:45 pm in FELLOWSHIP HALL
  • All levels!
  • All acoustic instruments welcome!
  • Terry Gucwa's Jam Book
  • Fiddlers Fake Book
  • Stephen Seifert’s Join the Jam Book
  • Your favorite music or ‘by ear’ tunes are all fine!
  • See the JAM TUNE LIST on the scdh.org website for ideas.


Special Activities

  Karen Ashbrook
Sunday, Sep16th, 2018 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Private Home in Fullerton
Address will be given after registration

Sarah Morgan
Sunday, Sep 16th, 2018 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Private Home in Downey
Address will be given after registration