Classes

Room A First roomRoom B Lake corner (mountain dulcimer)Room C Stage area (mountain dulcimer)Room D Library (hammered dulcimer)
Session 1: 9 to 10
Pat and Claudia, Beg.
Mike, Beg.
Sam, Int.
Anne, Beg.
Session 2: 10:15 to 11:15
Mike, Beg.
Sam, Int.
Anne, Adv.Beg.
Session 3: 11:30 to 12:30
Mike, All
Wendy, Adv.Beg.
Sam, Adv.Beg.
Anne, Adv.Beg.
Vendors: 10:00 - 3:00
Lunch: 12:30, wraps, please pre-order
Concert: 1:00
Session 4: 3 to 4
Terry, All
Sam, Adv.Beg.
Mike, Adv.Beg.
Anne, Adv.Beg./Int.
Session 5: 4:15 to 5:15
Sam, Adv.Beg.
Mike, Int.
Anne, Adv.Beg./Int.
Dinner: 5:30 - Open Mic. 6:00
Dinner by Famous Dave's
Concert: 7:00

Beg. Beginner, no experience necessary
Adv.Beg. Advanced Beginner, knows basics
Int. Intermediate, plays many tunes

Mountain Dulcimer

Meet the Mountain Dulcimer - B1

From 9 to 10 in Lake corner (mountain dulcimer) with Mike for Beg.

Figuring out strum, picking, and all that other stuff ya gotta learn somewhere.


Mountain Dulcimer "Boot Camp" - B2

From 10:15 to 11:15 in Lake corner (mountain dulcimer) with Mike for Beg.

First place the dulcimer string-side up on your lap. Basic essential skills ranging from strumming to reading tablature to keeping the silly thing from sliding around.


Simple Scandinavian tunes on the Mt Dulcimer - B3

From 11:30 to 12:30 in Lake corner (mountain dulcimer) with Wendy for Adv.Beg.

Ross will have you playing a few tunes from Sweden and other Scandinavian countries.


Adding Variety - Mountain Dulcimer - B4

From 3 to 4 in Lake corner (mountain dulcimer) with Sam for Adv.Beg.

The object of the game is for you to be able to have fun – and to keep having fun – with your dulcimer at home, or with friends, all year long. I’ve got a little list of tips and techniques that will help you get beyond the basics, help your music sound more musical, and help you have more fun playing.


Songs That Will Impress Your Friends (Mt Dulcimer) - B5

From 4:15 to 5:15 in Lake corner (mountain dulcimer) with Sam for Adv.Beg.

A lot of landmark dulcimer tunes actually are fairly easy. You’ll not only learn to play some classics, but learn some dulcimer culture that you can share, too.


Putting More Oomph Into Your Playing Mt Dulcimer - C1

From 9 to 10 in Stage area (mountain dulcimer) with Sam for Int.

Just as there’s a big difference between telling someone, “I love you,” and showing that you do, there’s an equally big difference between just playing a tune and playing it with power. Well use dynamics, tension, synco…pation, and imagination, to crank it up to the next level.


Unexpected Songs That Don't Need Extra Frets - C2

From 10:15 to 11:15 in Stage area (mountain dulcimer) with Sam for Int.

Dulcimers are great at surprisingly diverse kinds of music. Here, we’ll broaden your palette with a few DAD songs that you probably wouldn’t have thought of, and that won’t require you to add any clutter to your fretboard.


2-Note Chords on the Mt Dulcimer - C3

From 11:30 to 12:30 in Stage area (mountain dulcimer) with Sam for Adv.Beg.

This is the foundation of playing melody and accompaniment at the same time - because if you're playing the chords on only two strings, you have one more string looking for stuff to do. What this means is, paradoxically, having a mere 3 strings actually can be an enormous advantage.


Bass and Middle String Walks on the Mountain Dulcimer - C4

From 3 to 4 in Stage area (mountain dulcimer) with Mike for Adv.Beg.

Like those nifty bass walks guitar players do? Here’s a chance to do the same on the mountain dulcimer.


Clawhammer Dulcimer - C5

From 4:15 to 5:15 in Stage area (mountain dulcimer) with Mike for Int.

This will be exploration of "frailing" the mountain dulcimer. Frailing or clawhammer is a style of strumming usually associated with banjo. On the dulcimer it is an alternative way of pickless strumming. A sense of humor and a good frustration level are encouraged.


Hammer Dulcimer

Welcome to the Hammered Dulcimer - D1

From 9 to 10 in Library (hammered dulcimer) with Anne for Beg.

No experience is necessary to learn to play a tune on this ancient, beautiful instrument. The workshop will cover basic scale layout, playing technique and enough information to continue to learn tunes independently.


Parlor Songs on the Hammered Dulcimer - D2

From 10:15 to 11:15 in Library (hammered dulcimer) with Anne for Adv.Beg.

Enjoy learning some tunes from a bygone era. These turn of the century sentimental tunes were a product of the flourishing sheet music industry and the desire of families and friends to gather around the parlor piano, autoharp or guitar to enjoy the music together.


Building Your Repertoire - D3

From 11:30 to 12:30 in Library (hammered dulcimer) with Anne for Adv.Beg.

Tired of playing the same old songs? Let’s learn some new “standard repertoire” for playing with others or for your individual and performance playing.


Frills and Thrills on the Hammered Dulcimer - D4

From 3 to 4 in Library (hammered dulcimer) with Anne for Adv.Beg./Int.

Want to "fancy-up" your tunes? Let’s learn how to add some embellishments and chords that add excitement and that special, unique sound to your playing.


Heart and Soul on the Hammered Dulcimer - D5

From 4:15 to 5:15 in Library (hammered dulcimer) with Anne for Adv.Beg./Int.

Playing with Expression and Musicality – Release the muse within and touch the heartstrings of all who hear as we go beyond the technical and explore the beautiful, sensitive and expressive qualities of this lovely instrument.


Other Instruments

Tin Whistle Class - A1

From 9 to 10 in First room with Pat and Claudia for Beg.

Cover the basics and include various flourishes that are common in whistle playing.


Pocket Instruments - A3

From 11:30 to 12:30 in First room with Mike for All

Learn how to play kazoo, shaker egg, noseflute, jawharp, and make a strong attempt at the bones. Really. Amaze and astound your friends with your new-found skills. This workshop is a lot of fun and will include a bunch of other unique and weird instruments. As Lois says, "Skills just get in the way in this workshop." Skill level: generally nuts


Make a Limberjack - A4

From 3 to 4 in First room with Terry for All

In this class you will built an all-wood heirloom quality percussion instrument. They are super fun to play and you will complete one in the class. There is a $15 material fee for this class.


Song / Jam