– for Hammered Dulcimer Players (taught by Janis)
Which end is up . . . . . . on a hammered dulcimer?
This class is for those that really don’t know which end is up (or down) on a hammered dulcimer. Basics of getting started will be covered— If you don’t have a dulcimer, and would like to give it a try, I usually will have a couple of “loaners” available for this class.
Putting the pieces of the puzzle together
Sometimes new or newer players have a hard time putting things together in a cohesive arrangement. This class will explore ways to make that happen.
Pulling Rabbits Out of Hats
And other inventive ways to make your limited repertoire grow. We will work on some great multipurpose tunes.
Wrap up a Christmas Tune
It is never too early (or late) in the year to learn Christmas music. We will learn a Christmas Carol and some ways to dress it up in time for the holidays.
We will learn a familiar gospel tune, discuss options, and add some beautiful embellishments as class time permits.
The Possum’s Tail is Bare
An old time tune that has not been played much in dulcimer circles–come and learn the tune and I will briefly share the fable that is related to it.
Playing Well With Others
This class is about the art of playing well with others. This is NOT about an anything-goes-jam, but different techniques of musicianship while playing together as a group.
This is a Shetland tune that originated from Greenland and was brought back from the whaling expeditions. A really fun tune to learn and to play. (The “j” in Willafjord is pronounced as a “y”.)
Playing by ear
Playing by ear tips will be shared and a guitar player (my husband) will play rhythm for us. How to “follow” a guitar player in a jam will be demonstrated.
Down Home Rag
Down Home Rag is a fun tune to play. We will learn the basic tune and then branch off into several different ways to embellish various parts of the song (including syncopation).
Embellishing a Slow and Pretty Tune
Simple ways to “fancy up” a slower tune to make it more beautiful without covering up the melody.
Divide and Conquer
We will explore some neat tricks to adding embellishments to portions of songs, using the Divide and Conquer approach. Dividing a song into phrases allows for the easier addition of embellishments as well as ways to use those embellishments in other tunes that you already play.
Polish your Performance
We will discuss ways to turn a simple piece of music into your own arrangement and suggestions for polishing your music- whether you are playing for just yourself or an audience.