February 9-10, 2018: 2018 Central Florida Dulcimer and Autoharp Festival; Mt. Dora, Florida
This is the 13th Annual Festival in MT. Dora and I am very excited to there again this year. Great instructors, great students, and much fun make this a very popular and favorite festival. For more information contact Ruth Harnden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 14, 2018: Waterbound Mountain Dulcimer Workshop; Kinston, NC
This one day workshop, sponsored by the Waterbound Mountain Dulcimers, offers classes for all levels of dulcimer players, even those just wanting to learn. If you are looking for a day full of classes, friendship and good people, concerts, and fun, you should come join us! For more information, please contact Nancy Galambush at email@example.com
May 24 – 26, 2018: Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival 2018 at Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia
This sweet dulcimer festival is a program of Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Institute and Museum. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Ferrum College offer a beautiful setting for 2 days of learning and playing. I am honored to be invited back again this year. I will be teaching a 3-part course on “Improving the Foundations of your Playing” for Beyond Beginner players. I will also be teaching an Advanced class on expression and playing “Beyond the Notes”; and an Intermediate and above class on “Waltzing with the Dulcimer.” Come immerse yourself in the dulcimer and join us for a great time! For further information, please see the website at www.crookedroaddulcimerfestival.org.
June 24 – 29, 2018: Kentucky Music Week 2018, Bardstown, Kentucky
One of the largest and longest running music festivals for mountain dulcimer is Kentucky Music Week, and I am very happy to returning again to KMW this year. Kentucky Music Week offers a full five days of instruction in a wide variety of traditional arts including all levels of fretted dulcimer and hammered dulcimer, classes in ukulele, guitar, banjo, fiddle, autoharp, penny whistle, vocal classes, old-time craft classes, and much, much more! Over 150 class choices are offered this year with something for everyone! Come see what it’s all about and join in the fun and music! For further information and to register, please go to www.kentuckymusicweek.com.
August 17 – 19, 2018: 27th Annual August Dulcimer Daze; West Dover, Vermont
This delightful festival is sponsored by Folkcraft Music (George Haggerty, Director) and the Living History Association, Wilmington, VT. I am happy to be going back this year. I have fond memories of great music, new and old friends, and the beautiful setting of the mountains of Southern Vermont. Janet and I are also honored to be performing in the Saturday evening concert along with Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen. For more information about attending "the daze" this year, visit their website at www.augustdulcimerdaze.com.
September 26 – 28, 2018: 10th "Melodies and Musings"; Guntersville, Alabama
This outstanding workshop is sponsored by the Marshall County Retired and Senior Volunteer program and is endorsed by the National Endowment for the Arts. Held at the Guntersville Recreation Center, this well-run workshop has the reputation for outstanding classes, lot of exposure to all the faculty, great music and fun! It is such a pleasure to be going back to Melodies and Musings again…would love to see you there! For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 15 - 18, 2018 - NGFDA Fall Festival at Unicoi, Helen, Georgia
It is an honor to once again be invited to be on the faculty at this gem of a music festival! Always one of my favorite events, this festival is known far and wide as a wonderful combination of learning, sharing, jamming, and having fun in a beautiful setting. Those of you who have been here before know what I mean. If you have not been here before, you should mark your calendars now to attend this wonderful event. See you in the mountains of Georgia! You can find more information about the North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association and its Fall Festival at www.ngfda.com.
Advanced Master Class
Right Hand Techniques
Left Hand Techniques
Improving Your Rhythm and Strum
Basic Principles of Dulcimer Playing
Smoothing Out Your Playing
Expressing Yourself Through Your Playing
Making a Tab Yours
Improving Your Sound
The Wonderful World of Chords
Improve your Chording
The Circle of Fifths Made Easy!
Improving Your Ear - Hearing and Listening
Hearing Chord Changes
Intervals and Ear/Finger Training
Adding Notes and variability to your Playing
Playing Tasteful Back-Up
Playing Duets and Ensembles
Playing Dulcimer with Other Instruments
Playing With a capo
Playing Above the 7th Fret
Exploring Aeolian Tuning
Exploring Alternate/Different Tunings
Playing Clawhammer/Old-Time Banjo
Beautiful Celtic Airs
Embellishing Celtic Airs
Songs of Stephen Foster
Waltzing with your Dulcimer
Lullabies from America and Around the World
Old Time Tunes in G, A, and C (as well as D)
Creative Old-Time Music
Expanding Your Old-Time Repertoire
Singing With the Dulcimer
Common and Not-so-common Old Time Songs
Arranging Your Music
Playing 5 Equidistant Strings
How to Teach the Dulcimer (or Banjo)
All classes/topics can be taught at all skill levels from beginner to advanced Master classes
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