2020 Saturday Sep 26th Workshops

Saturday Sep 26th 9:30 am to 10:45 am Pacific Time
(Choose One of Six)

HAMMERED DULCIMER 1
Patti Amelotte  
"Absolute Beginner Hammered Dulcimer"

BEGINNERS
Learn basic skills, get an understanding of the layout and learn a tune or two to start or restart you dulcimer playing.

HAMMERED DULCIMER 2
Tina Bergman   
“Slavic Waltz”

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
Using this unusual, two key waltz as a vehicle, we'll learn how to add variety to your music with different of types of rolls, rhythmic variations, chords, endings, and general arranging techniques. The overarching goal is to build skills that create a fluid arrangement that changes in interesting and subtle ways every time you play the tune instead of locking yourself into a set arrangement. This is where the fun really starts, both for the performer and for the listener.

FRETTED/MOUNTAIN DULCIMER 1
Joellen Lapidus 
“Absolute Beginner”

BEGINNERS (A double workshop. Must register for this and also 11am-12:15pm)
At the end of this class you will be playing music on your dulcimer! You will know the parts of your dulcimer, how to tune, how to strum, how to play melody, how to play a chord accompaniment, basic fingerpicking, how to read tablature, how to count rhythms, and 4 or 5 songs. Almost 3 solid hours of dulcimer heaven!


FRETTED/MOUNTAIN DULCIMER 2
Neal Hellman  
“American Tunes & Ballads for Mountain Dulcimer”

INTERMEDIATE
This new workshop will feature arrangements from Neal’s latest book of dulcimer arrangements. Tunes include Colored Aristocracy, Fiddlin’ Bagpipes, Silly Bill and Gary Owen. The workshop will also feature ballads collected in the Southern Appalachians and a few American songs: Pretty Saro, Wayfaring Stranger, Johnny Has Gone for A Soldier, Slumber My Darling, I Shall Rise and a few Shaker songs.




HAMMERED DULCIMER 1+
Deb Luken   
“Beginners and the Next Steps!"

ADVANCED BEGINNERS
Let’s get ready to play the HD! This workshop will build on your basic skills to help you identify patterns and tools that will work for many songs. We will work with a few basic tunes that are very jam-friendly, and learn how to add some simple chords to enhance your playing. We will focus on building confidence and enjoyment of the instrument!

OTHER WORKSHOPS 2
Bill Dempsey   
“Beginning Ukulele" 

BEGINNERS
Getting started on the ukulele: Introduction to the uke; tuning; basic strumming; basic chords; instruction on playing a few simple songs. Bill has a new CD, “Bill’s Uke” including vocals and can share info. on his favorite songs.

Saturday Sep 26th 11:30 am to 12:15 pm Pacific Time
(Choose One of Six)

HAMMERED DULCIMER 1
Tina Bergmann  
"A Jenta A Ja"

BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
We'll learn a beautiful Swedish Hambo called “A Jenta A Ja” as a vehicle to discuss and explore lead patterns, pulse, patterns in music to help you learn faster, chords and more!

HAMMERED DULCIMER 2
Patti Amelotte   
“The First Waltz”

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
Learn a fun piece by turn of the 20th century composer Auguste Durand, “The First Waltz.”

FRETTED/MOUNTAIN DULCIMER 1
Joellen Lapidus 
“Absolute Beginner”  CONTINUED

BEGINNERS ( A double workshop. Must register for this and also 9:30am-10:45am.)
At the end of this class you will be playing music on your dulcimer! You will know the parts of your dulcimer, how to tune, how to strum, how to play melody, how to play a chord accompaniment, basic fingerpicking, how to read tablature, how to count rhythms, and 4 or 5 songs. Almost 3 solid hours of dulcimer heaven!

FRETTED/MOUNTAIN DULCIMER 2
Neal Hellman  
“Scottish Tunes & Ballads for Dulcimer”

INTERMEDIATE
Tunes include: The Last Time I Came O’er the Moor, Leaving Lismore, The Heroes of St. Valory, and Waterloo Hornpipe. Ballads include: Skye Boat Song, Farewell to Tarwathie, Will Ye No Come Back Again?, and Ye Banks & Braes.



OTHER WORKSHOPS 1
Patty McCollom   
“Bodhran – Irish Frame Drum"

BEGINNERS
If you don’t have a drum or a tipper, you can use a pizza box and your hand instead.

OTHER WORKSHOPS 2
Terry Gucwa  
“Ten Songs – Same Chord Changes 

All Instruments and Singers
While walking around at the Topanga Banjo/Fiddle Contest, I noticed the same chord change pattern emanating from several different jam sessions. Hmm, I know, let’s sing and play nine different traditional songs that share that exact same chord change pattern. Sing, play, or do some of both. I will have easy sheet music for single-note and chordal instruments that work for any of these songs, and any others that follow that pattern. Once you learn that pattern, you can tell old Bill we’ll be bound for glory when she comes ‘round the mountain, no matter how many biscuits you can eat, ‘cause we don’t care what Mama don’t ‘low.


Saturday Sep 26th 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm Pacific Time
(Choose One of Six)

HAMMERED DULCIMER 1
Karen Harvey 
"Suo Gan"

BEGINNERS/ADVANCED BEGINNERS/ EARLY INTERMEDIATE
In this session, you will learn a lovely traditional Welsh lullaby titled “Suo Gan” (pronounced see-o- gan). This class will incorporate information about major pentatonic music, dynamics of calming music, and how to move a phrase or tune to a new location on the dulcimer (different key). If time permits, you will also learn one of Karen’s original simple tunes, entitled “Canyon Sunset”, which offers opportunity for harmony to fill longer held notes with an octave echo which amplifies the beautiful ringing of the dulcimer. Students will receive sheet music and opportunities to hear both of these inspiring and calming tunes which can be paired.

HAMMERED DULCIMER 2
Tina Bergmann  
“Ragtime Techniques/Repertoire”

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED
We’ll learn “Combination Rag”, a 1930’s rag from the East Texas Serenaders, and examine the techniques that make it jump. Syncopation, phrasing, pulse, and dynamics will be among the ideas discussed.

FRETTED/MOUNTAIN DULCIMER 1
Neal Hellman
“Aeolian Mode for Beginner” 

BEGINNERS
Students will tune to the Aeolian mode of D (D-A-C where D is the bass string). This is both a simple and rewarding workshop, especially for beginners. Students will be taught basic melodies as well as how to utilize the dulcimer to back up the voice. Selections include: The Praties, Kojo no Tuski, Goddesses, Breton Tune and Nonesuch.

FRETTED/MOUNTAIN DULCIMER 2
Leo Kretzner
“Three Ways to Play in G””

INTERMEDIATE
Because not everything is in D!! Leo will lay out his three approaches to playing in G: Capo at the third fret, playing key of G chords while tuned D-A-D, and playing in the D - G - D tuning. Each has its advantages. Have your dulcimer tuned to D-A-D and we'll go from there. A song and a jig and something else TBD, in each of the three ways!


OTHER WORKSHOPS 1
Patty McCollom   
“Tinwhistle"

BEGINNERS/INTERMEDIATE
Are you looking for an instrument that is fun, portable, and relatively easy to play? If yes, then the tinwhistle is for you. It’s has been around for hundreds of years and is often a featured instrument in Celtic bands. The tinwhistle offers something for every level of player, from simple, unadorned melodies to highly ornamented jigs and reels.

This workshop will be customized to fit the experience level of the players. If both beginners and more advanced players are in the class, the first half will focus on new players to cover breathing, fingering, methods for achieving a good tone, and a simple melody. The second half of class time will then include ornamentation, such as rolls, cuts, taps and slides and a tune using some of these ornaments to benefit the more advanced players. You will need a tinwhistle in the key of D.

OTHER WORKSHOPS 2
Bill Dempsey
“Sing Along with Bill" 

All Levels
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!



Click Here For Explanation of Hammered Dulcimer Class Levels

 

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