Workshop Schedule & Descriptions

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Workshop Schedule & Descriptions2019-01-21T16:51:51+00:00

Workshop Descriptions

Phyllis Gaskins:

An Introduction to Galax Dulcimer 

Beginner & Up

Playing the dulcimer with a noter is a very old traditional style dating back to the days of the German hummel players who came into the Valley of Virginia. Come experience the unique sound of this old Virginia dulcimer that came from the Melton family from the 1850s – 1990s. Phyllis will have 8 historic dulcimers available for you to play.  Experience playing with a flat noter on the melody strings and a turkey quill for strumming. G tunes are the easiest to play on the Galax dulcimer. Any D tune you have learned in DAA will be in the key of G using the same first string numbers.

Tuning: all Ds

 

Phyllis & Jim Gaskins:

Fiddle Tunes Related to Appalachian Ballads

Novice & Up

Some fiddle tunes have come from songs. Come sing and play these: The Old Time John Henry, Cotton Eyed Joe, Rye Whiskey.

Tuning: DAD or all Ds. Come prepared to retune and use your capo.

 

High Five

Novice & Up

Jim and Phyllis will review the pentatonic scale for the key of D and how to use it to start picking up melodies in sessions. This class is specially designed for students who took last year’s “Fake It ’til You Make It” class. We will explore specific tunes and expand to the additional keys of G, A mixolydian and A dorian. We’ll share a few tips on backing vocals too. Students who missed last year’s workshop can benefit by getting started with the basics and getting plenty to build on from there.


Beginning tuning: DAD, Retune to DGD and be prepared to use a capo.

Off to a Good Start on the Mountain Dulcimer 

3 Parts – Beginner

Let’s start from the very beginning, a very good place to start. How is the instrument tuned, where does it sit on your lap, how can you make music even if you have no musical background? That is where we will start. By the end of these four classes, you will be playing several tunes and be able to play chords to back up other players. Loaner instruments are available; please let us know if you’d like to borrow one. This is a great opportunity to give this traditional Appalachian instrument a try without having to purchase one. Sign up for all 3 parts.

 

Welsh Hymns

Novice & Up

“I Will Sing of My Redeemer”, “Love Devine, All Loves Excelling”, and “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” are all sung to the tune Hyfrydol. We will learn to play Hyfrydol in D, then add a bit of interest by segueing into G, without using a capo. Cwm Rhondda is known as both “God of Grace and God of Glory” and also “Guide Me, O, Thou Great Redeemer” and is sometimes referred to as “Bread of Heaven”. It is also considered by many to be the informal Welsh anthem and has been played at British state weddings and funerals.

 

Three (Minor) Christmas Carols

Intermediate & Up

While all Christmas carols are lovely and many have merry tunes, it is also worthwhile to know some of the hauntingly beautiful Christmas carols written in minor keys.  We will work on The Huron Carol/’Twas In the Moon of Wintertime, a Canadian carol in Am, DAC tuning; In the Bleak Midwinter in Em using a capo in DAD tuning; and I Wonder as I Wander in Em, DAD tuning without a capo.  Yes, Christmas is a ways off, but you’ll have lots of time to work toward playing these carols with all the beauty and passion they can evoke.

Tuning: as noted in description. Please bring a capo.

Bowed Dulcimer

All Levels

Historically mountain dulcimers were not only plucked and strummed, but also bowed with a violin or homemade bow. The bowed dulcimer has a curved bridge similar to a violin. The curved bridge allows for one or two strings to be played at the same time, like other instruments in the bowed family. Come give it a try, find out some history as well as instruction on playing it. Practical technique and repertoire will be included. Consider adding a bowed dulcimer to your ensemble.

Loaner bowed dulcimers will be available.

 

Becoming a Better Player

All Levels – Mountain Dulcimers

There are a number of techniques and principles that govern stringed instruments that every player should know. This class will cover how the instrument works and how you can get the most out of it regardless of how long you’ve been playing. There will be reference to the techniques of the past as well as some info on how music puts itself together.

 

Northumbrian Tunes

Intermediate & Up – Mountain & Bowed Dulcimers

I’ve been a fairly avid Northumbrian small-piper since the 70’s and the tunes of the Borders and NE England are unique and have a wonderful flavor all their own. This class will look at some of the more popular ones, Many are 18th century and earlier. There will be a bit of history and some info on further sources for those who wish to pursue this wonderful repertoire in more depth. Airs, songs, dances, and few laughs.

Beyond Beginners Class 

3- Parts – Novice & Up

The main theme of this three-part workshop is “Improving the Quality of the Sound You Produce (or, Playing Music Not Just Frets!).” We will work on improving the foundation of your playing by exploring concepts, techniques, and exercises to help improve your right and your left hands. Specifically, we will work on strumming and flatpicking, basic skills such as hammer-ons and pulloffs and slides, chords, and left hand placement and fingering to get clean and connected notes. Prepare to work hard and have fun!

Remember to sign up for all 3 parts.

 

Playing Duets and Ensembles

Intermediate & Up

Playing music with others should go beyond just 2 or more people playing the same tune at the same time. How can you make it sound better? This workshop will explore concepts and techniques used to enhance the music when playing with other musicians and instruments. We will cover duets and ensembles. And, most importantly, we will focus on listening while you play!

Please bring a CAPO.

 

Beyond “D”! Playing in other Tunings and Keys

Novice & Up

You probably play your dulcimer mostly in the key of D. While there are many great tunes in D, there is a whole other world of music out there to explore! The goal of this workshop is to expand your understanding and skill of playing in different keys and tunings. And you will learn some great tunes along the way!

Please bring a CAPO.

All my Favorite Shortcuts for Beginners 

Beginner

You can do this the easy way or you can do this the hard way. Here’s some of my favorite easy ways. We’ll cover learning tunes with paper, watching hands, and using your ears. We’ll also work on strumming, fingering, and simple chords. Expect a bunch of good old-time songs and tunes. 

DAD Tuning

 

Super Beginner Tunes

Beginner

Before you move onto the more challenging stuff, it’s important to build a foundation of confidence. These are a bunch of very playable, easy-to-read tunes. I’ll show you how to play them a little different each time. We’ll also work on basic techniques.

DAD Tuning

 

Flatpicking that Sounds Good and is Easy to Do. 

Intermediates & Up

I’ve been teaching flatpicking for about 20 years. It can be slow going. This new method I’ve been developing changes everything. If you’ve given up on flatpicking or don’t know anything about it, take this class. I’ll bring a bunch of fun tunes as well.

DAD Tuning

DAA Tuning to Other Tunings

Novice Level and Up

Tired of playing in the same old tuning over and over? Come and learn a few other tunings that are easy to access from D-A-A. We will explore tunes in E-A-A and in D-A-G, giving you both a major and a minor tuning with just changing the tuning on one string (or two if you have the doubled treble strings). I’ll even show you how to change to these tunings without the need for an electronic tuner.

Combining Your Picking & Strumming 

Intermediate & Up

This workshop will focus on picking out the melody in between and in combination with the strums that give body to arrangements. We’ll use exercises to develop effective strum/flatpicking technique and two tunes to incorporate the technique, an original waltz and a challenging O’Carolan piece entitled “Lord Inchiquin.”

 

Crossing Over to the Fun Side!

Novice & Up

This workshop gently guides players to leave the security of playing the melody on one string to exploring the world of cross-picking. In addition to some work with scales and hitting individual strings, we’ll learn to cross-pick some familiar songs effectively and efficiently.

 

Originals by Joe

Novice & Up

A repertoire workshop of songs written by Joe Collins. Why not learn them from the guy who wrote them?

Songs and Tunes from Southwest Virginia

Novice & Up

Versions of songs and fiddle tunes from the Southwestern Virginia mountains for mountain dulcimer.

 

Songs and Tunes from West Virginia

Novice & Up

Versions of songs and fiddle tunes from West Virginia for mountain dulcimer.

 

Ditty Bum!

All Levels

A lecture/demonstration/group participation class.
We’ll compare playing styles, techniques and methods of pre and post Folk Resurgence (Revival) approaches to the mountain

 

From The Folk Scene to Traditional Appalachian Music

Friday Morning Presentation.

Playing Spoons

All Levels

Playing spoons is one of the traditional percussion methods for accompanying old-time music. The instruments were easily available from any kitchen drawer. They are hit with the backs of the spoons against each other to make a nice “clackety” beat. You will be shown how to hold the spoons, how to strike them between thigh and hand, how to make a finger roll, and how to do a gallop with the spoons in addition to the standard rhythms. If you have a favorite set of playing spoons, please bring them. There will be pairs for sale

Baby Steps to Fingering

Novice & Up

As a new player back in the early days of my dulcimer exploration, I started looking for other ways to play the instrument beyond the strumming methods I’d been learning.  The answer was to put down the pick and start using my fingers.  We’ll practice several different methods of fingerpicking, and apply these techniques to songs you already know.

DAD Tuning

 

Hymns for the Mountain Dulcimer

Novice & Up

We’ll start out by looking at several familiar hymns already arranged and tabbed out for performance, suitable for church services or personal enjoyment.  Historical background of the hymns is also included.  Next, you’ll learn an easy way to arrange your own favorites using a method that does not require any knowledge of music theory!

Please Bring a Capo – DAD Tuning

 

Sweeten Your Jam!

Beginner & Novice

Yes, YOU, regardless of your level of experience, can contribute something to a jam session!!  We’ll explore all kinds of ways that will give you the confidence to sit in on any jam session and come away feeling like you’ve made a difference.  We’ll also include a bit of “jam etiquette,” for extra sweetness!

DAD Tuning

Not sure of your skill level?  See how the instructors define skill levels HERE.

Remember to bring a music stand.  For your comfort you might also bring a cushion to sit on.

DULCIMER MAINTENANCE:  Ben Seymour will again be on hand to help with dulcimer maintenance and accessory needs.  Meet with Ben to schedule a time with him.  He will be in his workshop at the times noted below.

Workshop Schedule

Instructor9:00 - 10:0010:30 - 11:451:15 - 2:303:30 - 4:45
Don PediFrom The Folk Scene to
Traditional Appalachian Music
Songs and Tunes from West
Virginia
(Novice & Up)
Songs and Tunes from Southwest
Virginia
(Novice & Up)
Nancy GalambushOff To A Good Start
Beginners - Part 1
Off To A Good Start
Beginners - Part 2
Welsh Hymns
(Novice & Up)
Jeff FurmanBeyond Beginners
Part 1
(Novice & Up)
Beyond Beginners
Part 2
(Novice & Up)
Beyond "D"!
Playing in other
Tunings and Keys
(Novice & Up)
Phyllis & Jim GaskinsHigh Five
(Novice & Up)
Introduction to Galax
Dulcimer
(Beginner & Up)
Ken BloomBowed Dulcimer
(Novice & Up)
Northumbrian Tunes
(Intermediate & Up)
Becoming a Better
Player
(All Levels)
Ben SeymourD-A-A Tuning to
Other Tunings
(Novice & Up)
In Repair ShopIn Repair Shop
Becky Cleland Playing Spoons
(All Levels)
Stephen SeifertFlatpicking that Sounds Good and is Easy To Do
(Intermediate & Up)
All my Favorite Shortcuts for Beginners
DAD Tuning
(Beginner & up)
Super Beginner Tunes
DAD Tuning
(Beginner & Up)
Carol WalkerHymns for the
Mountain Dulcimer
(Novice & Up)
Baby Steps to
Fingerpicking
(Novice & Up)
Sweeten Your
Jam
(Beginner & Novice)
Joe CollinsCombining Your
Picking & Strumming
(Intermediate & Up)
Originals by Joe
(Novice & Up)
Crossing Over to the
Fun Side!
(Novice & Up)

 

Instructor9:00 - 10:0010:30 - 11:451:15 - 2:303:30 - 4:45
Roddy MooreHistorical Mountain
Dulcimers
(Panther's Den)
Don PediSongs & Tunes from
Southwest Virginia
(Novice & Up)
Songs and Tunes
from West
Virginia
(Novice & Up)
Ditty Bum!
(All Levels)
Nancy
Galambush
Off to a Good Start
Beginners - Part 3
Welsh Hymns
(Novice & Up)
Three (Minor)
Christmas Carols
(Intermediate & Up)
Jeff FurmanBeyond Beginners
Part 3
(Novice & Up)
Beyond "D"!
Playing in other
Tunings & Keys
(Novice & Up)
Playing Duets &
Ensembles
(Intermediate & Up)
Phyllis & Jim
Gaskins
Fiddle Tunes
Related to
Appalachian Ballads
(Novice & Up)
An Introduction to
Galax Dulcimer
(Beginner & Up)
High Five
(Novice & Up)
Ken BloomNorthumbrian
Tunes
(Intermediate & Up)
Becoming a
Better Player
(All Levels)
Ben
Seymour
In Repair ShopD-A-A Tuning
to Other Tunings
(Novice & Up)
In Repair Shop
Becky ClelandPlaying Spoons
(All Levels)
Stephen
Seifert
Flatpicking that
Sounds Good and
is Easy to Do.
(Intermediate & Up)
Super Beginner
Tunes - DAD
Tuning
(Beginner & Up)
All My Favorite
Shortcuts for
Beginners - DAD
Tuning
(Beginners)
Carol
Walker
Baby Steps to
Fingerpicking
(Novice & Up)
Sweeten Your
Jam!
(Beginner & Novice)
Hymns for the
Mountain Dulcimer
(Novice & Up)
Joe
Collins
Originals by Joe
(Novice & Up)
Crossing Over to
the Fun Side!
(Novice & Up)
Combining Your
Picking & Strumming
(Novice & Up)

You can download a copy of the workshop schedule here.

If you are registering for the CRDF online:  Once you have decided on which workshops you want to take, you will indicate your choices on the online registration page.

If you are registering for the CRDF by phone:  Download a hard copy of the workshop schedule (see link above) and circle the workshops you plan to take.  When you call, use your hard copy as a guide to tell our staff which workshops you have chosen.

If you are registering for the CRDF by mail:  Download a hard copy of the workshop schedule (see link above), circle the workshops you plan to take, and mail the marked schedule to us with your other registration information.