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’
www.lapidusmusic.com

 


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Patti Amelotte   "Absolute Beginner Hammered Dulcimer"

9:00 - 10:15 am
Learn basic skills, get an understanding of the layout and learn a tune or two to start or restart your hammered dulcimer playing.

Julie Adams    “Hammered Dulcimer – Beginners and the Next Steps"

9:00 - 10:15 am
(Conference Room; Also See Other Workshops 1)
We will review the layout of the HD, and learn some patterns that will help you play songs of your choice after the festival! We will also take a simple song and learn how to apply both melody and chords to it. Also, if time permits, some shortcuts to playing back up in a jam, even when you don’t know the song!

Mark Alan Wade   “Beginners Only!”

10:30 – 11:45 am
If you are new to the dulcimer, this class is for you! I’ll teach you good habits to develop and help you avoid bad ones, too. We’ll learn a simple tune and exercises to set you up for success.


Karen Harvey   “Going Home”

1:00 - 2:15 pm
In this session, you will learn the beautiful music of Antonin Dvorjak’s “Largo” theme from his New World Symphony, also known as “Going Home”. Dvorjak was known for incorporating the influence of folk music in his compositions. This class will incorporate information about major pentatonic music, dynamics of music, and some brief exercises with chords and arpeggios related to this tune. If time permits, you will also learn one of Karen’s original simple tune’s, entitled "Canyon Sunrise", which offers opportunity for harmony to fill long held notes, which also show off the beautiful ringing of the dulcimer. By the end of the class, students will have sheet music and opportunities to record both of these inspiring tunes which can be paired.




Julie Adams    “Hammered Dulcimer Tutoring" - Beginning

2:30 - 3:30 pm
Here’s a chance for Beginning hammered dulcimer players to have basic questions answered and get some extra help in an informal session. There is no set schedule for this class! Tuning questions? Did you learn something in another class, but didn’t quite understand it? Do you have questions that have come up as you were learning at home? Need to review something or maybe hear that theory just one more time?? Come on in and ask away.


Hammered Dulcimer 2
Chapel

Mark Wade    “Fiddle Tune Style" 

9:00 - 10:15 am
Learn how to become a musical chameleon by manipulating a few variables on the same tune to make it sound like Texas Swing, Old Time, and perhaps Zydeco. We’ll delve into each style’s little idiosyncrasies and understand how to play the same tune in 3 different styles. Please learn a basic version of Red Wing (in G) before the workshop so we can focus on mastering the style traits.



Patti Amelotte  “Sounds Great!”

10:30 - 11:45 am
Put away the paper and work on training your ears! We will cover skills for jamming whether you know the tune or not.

 

Mark Wade  “Getting Real with Reels”

1:00 - 2:15 pm
Learn how to fearlessly dive into playing Irish reels and appreciate what makes them unique. We’ll learn some helpful hammering patterns to use and Irish ornamentation to make you actually sound Irish. Reels are great for practicing how to increase accuracy and playing speed. We’ll learn a set of my favorites:
Julia Delaney, The Silver Spear and Concertina Reel.


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

Kay Bolin   “Absolute Beginner Fretted Dulcimer"

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.

Ellen Hahn   “I Love to Flat Pick!”  

10:30 - 11:45 am
We’ll learn the basics of Flat Picking in this class. We’ll also learn how to accompany a flat-picker with chords. Bring a pick (and your dulcimer) – I like Herdim picks (red or blue) if you don’t have a pick yet.

Dave Haas  “Master Your Fretboard"

1:00 - 2:15 pm
Learn how to add variation to your arrangements by moving the melody to the bass and octave regions of the dulcimer. This keeps your music interesting by not playing the same exact thing over and over and over.
 

Bill Dempsey & Bob Palmer
"Ease Into Jamming - Focus on Fretted Dulcimers"
  (Beginning/Early Intermediate)

2:30 - 3:30 pm in Room 1
(Upper Level/FD 1 Workshops Area)

FREE!!! workshop on jamming!
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!!

 




Charli Crissy   “Fretted Dulcimer Tutoring”

2:30 - 3:30 pm
(Also See Other Workshops 1 in Conference Room)
Here’s a chance for Beginning fretted dulcimer players to have basic questions answered and get some extra help in an informal session. There is no set schedule for this class! Have a problem with technique? Want to learn to play by ear? Learn how to sing and play at the same time? As Charli says, “If you can hum it, you can play it.” Bring your questions to this special session.


Fretted Dulcimer 2

Dave Haas   “Just Fiddlin’ Around"

9:00 - 10:15 am
Improve your playing of fiddle tunes and faster songs. Learn left and right hand techniques to facilitate smooth playing. Learn to add variation by moving the melody to the bass and octave regions of the dulcimer. Improve your backup technique by playing chords in multiple postions and putting a “chop” into your strum. A capo and smile are required.

  

Dave Haas  “Celtic Connection”

10:30 - 11:45 am
Expand your repertoire with Celtic melody pieces arranged for the mountain dulcimer. Both strumming and arpeggio skills will be used. Bring your capo, a four leaf clover and a smile!

Joellen Lapidus   “Rhythm: Beyond bum ditty"

1:00 - 2:15 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.


Joellen Lapidus  “Improvising Melody, Chords and Rhythm: Take the Risk!" - Intermediate/ Advanced

2:30 - 3:30 pm
This is a hands-on class. You are expected to take the risk to hit right and wrong notes. We will use a simple song with a basic chord progression as the canvas on which you can learn to create new phrases and musical ideas. The idea is 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”.




   

Other Workshops 1
Conference Room

Julie Adams    "Hammered Dulcimer – Beginners and the Next Steps"

9:00 - 10:15 am
We will review the layout of the HD, and learn some patterns that will help you play songs of your choice after the festival! We will also take a simple song and learn how to apply both melody and chords to it. Also, if time permits, some shortcuts to playing back up in a jam, even when you don’t know the song!

Patty McCollom   “Bodhran – Irish Frame Drum" (Beginning)

10:30 - 11:45 am
Bring your drum (or a pizza box. The instructor will have extra tippers (the stick) and pizza boxes).

 

Rich Bolin   “Storytelling: The Power of Story"

1:00 - 2:15 pm
An introduction to the craft of storytelling, including resources for further exploration and perhaps a good story or two.

Charli Crissy   “Fretted Dulcimer Tutoring”

2:30 - 3:30 pm
(Also See Fretted Dulcimer 1 in Room 1)
Here’s a chance for Beginning fretted dulcimer players to have basic questions answered and get some extra help in an informal session. There is no set schedule for this class! Have a problem with technique? Want to learn to play by ear? Learn how to sing and play at the same time? As Charli says, “If you can hum it, you can play it.” Bring your questions to this special session.



Other Workshops 2
Library

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://www.billdempseymusic.net

Bill Dempsey   “Sing Along with Bill"

10:30 - 11:45 pm
Group singing workshop with Bill, master of participation music! He accompanies himself and others on fretted dulcimer/ guitar/ ukulele/ 5 string banjo/ harmonica/ trombone/ pocket trumpet/ cajon/ etc! Join in for all the fun! http://www.billdempseymusic.net

Terry Gucwa  “Go Outside (the Melody) and Play" (All instruments & voices)

1:00 - 2:15 pm
What do you do when you don’t know the melody, or it’s too fast, or out of range, or you don’t want to cover up another player or singer, or you’ve “been there, done that” and just feel like mixing things up and getting creative? I have a few strategies, and maybe you do, too. Let’s share our ideas for playing “outside”. We might even come up with a few ideas none of us have ever thought of before.

Leo Kretzner   “Harmonica"

2:30 - 3:30 pm
BYO or borrow.
Like both kinds of dulcimers, harmonicas are diatonic instruments that can be played very simply or with great complexity. Down In the Valley and other simple songs will be taught and music given out - as well as a free home-made CD sampler of playing styles, including some of the tunes taught. Also covered: “playing cross-harp,” (playing the ‘other key’ of the harmonica) and bending notes. This more improvisational style of playing produces a bluesy sound for countless blues, rock and country songs.

Other Workshops 3
Choir Room/Fellowship Hall

Gregg Schneeman   “Bowed Psaltery"

9:00 - 10:15 am
Gregg will bring his collection of many Bowed Psalteries and bows for people to use during the workshop. He will cover from the introduction for beginners to the advanced, two-bow style of playing. No previous musical experience required! Gregg was declared the National Bowed Psaltery champion in 2012. See Gregg’s Bowed Psaltery and Mountain Dulcimer Videos on his YouTube Channel “Gregg Schneeman”.

 

Lynn Furnis   “Autoharp" (Beginning/Intermediate)

10:30- 11:45 am
This is your chance to try Autoharp! Participants are encouraged to bring their own autoharps, but loaner instruments will be available for up to 4 students, as well. We will cover the basics about autoharps and autoharp playing, such as tuning, types of autoharps, and most important and fun -- how to play one!!!! We will explore how to: play chords; strum for background accompaniment while singing a song; and play melodies using autoharp tablature.




 

Rick Russell & Laura Russell, Facilitators   “Fa Sol La: An Easy Introduction to Shape-Note Singing"

1:00 - 2:15 pm
Attendees will practice singing using the four-shape musical notation found in the Sacred Harp song book. Then, we will form into a traditional hollow square (tenors face the altos, trebles face the basses, and everyone joins in the singing) to sing selections taken from the 1991 Denson edition of the Sacred Harp. Along the way, the presenters will introduce a few of the traditions of Sacred Harp singing. Curious? Come and sing for yourself!


 

Kathryn LaMar   “Drums, Flutes and You" 

2:30 - 3:30 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.


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

 

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

9:0 am - 11:45 am
FREE!!!
All acoustic instruments welcome!
in this INDOOR jam in Fellowship Hall, near the stage area. Bring your favorite music resources such as Fiddlers Fake Book or play by ear. All are fine.



Gregg Schneeman (Bowed Psaltery)  "OPEN JAM LEADER"
11:45 am - 12:30 pm / 12:45 - 2:30 pm
FREE!!!  
 All acoustic instruments welcome! in this INDOOR jam in Fellowship Hall, near the stage area. Bring your favorite music resources such as Fiddlers Fake Book or play by ear. All are fine.

 

25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!!!
Fellowship Hall

Emcee - BOBBI ADLER“
12:30 - 12:45 pm
Honoring the Heritage of Southern California Dulcimer Heritage
and those who have helped make it happen, flourish and continue.


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

  • 2:30 - 3:30 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.



Bill Dempsey & Bob Palmer
"Ease Into Jamming - Focus on Fretted Dulcimers"
  (Beginning/Early Intermediate)

2:30 - 3:30 pm in Room 1 (Upper Level/FD 1 Workshops Area)

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!!







 


RECEPTION
Fellowship Hall

3:30-4:00 pm
Free snacks!!!
Instrument storage area - Choir Room. Must remove all belongings immediately after the concert.
(Another group will be using Fellowship Hall beginning at 6:30pm.)

CONCERT
Sanctuary (Upper Level)

4:00-6:00 pm
Dave Haas - Mountain Dulcimer
Mark Alan wade - Hammered Dulcimer
Rich Bolin - Emcee
Instrument Fundraiser Drawings / Opportunity Drawings


Special Activities

Focus Workshop: Hammered Dulcimer & Other Instruments:
“Learn a Swedish Polska and Irish Tunes for Mixed Ensembles"

Mark Alan Wade
Sunday, Sep 22nd, 2019 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Private Home in Fullerton
Address will be given after registration

Dave Haas
Sunday, Sep 22nd, 2019 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Private Home in Long Beach/Lakewood Area
Address will be given after registration