(Subject to change in case of unforeseen circumstances)
Mountain Dulcimer workshops
Track M1 - BEGINNERS: Nutmeg Team will work with you and teach you all the essentials.
Advanced Beginner thru Low Intermediate
A Round and a Round and a Round (Dave Haas)
There's a special joy in playing rounds together with others, and with hearing the beautiful harmonies weave around each other. We'll play some favorites from different parts of the world, to add to your dulcimer repertoire. At the same time, you'll improve your ability to listen and play with others - and you'll learn tips to improve your strumming and cross-picking skills. DAD
Dulcimer to Accompany Singing (Dave Haas)
Even if you're not a singer, you have friends who sing, and playing along with vocals is very different from just playing instrumental tunes. Learn backup chords in several positions and how to accompany both fast and slow songs. Experience the energy in moving between singing and instrumental portions of a song. DAD
Multi-Part Arrangements (Dave Haas)
Come join an instant ensemble, playing melody, harmony, and chordal accompaniment for a tune. Learn useful tips for being part of the group. Improve your listening, musical timing, and playing skills. There will be easier and more challenging parts, so there is something here for everyone. DAD
Simple Way to Play in D, G and A (Bing Futch)
This is mountain dulcimer magic! Bring your capo and learn a sweet trick that will get you playing hundreds of tunes easily in three different keys! Then, using “Hangman’s Reel” as an exercise, you'll discover the source of the magic using scales to figure out options for melody and harmony.
Intermediate thru Advanced
Taking It to The Next Level (Bing Futch)
Alright, you’ve been working very hard at this mountain dulcimer thing and you feel pretty good about where you are and how far you’ve come. But you’ve hit a plateau and you’re not sure what to focus on next. Does this sound like you? Looking for a little inspiration? This workshop will take you step-by-step, from self-analysis and critique to good study practices. Participants will receive individual attention and assistance in evaluating their skill set as Bing works with the group to set a study plan into action.
Classical Mountain Dulcimer (Bing Futch)
In this fun and illuminating workshop, we take some of the music from great composers like Beethoven, Mozart, and Pachelbel, parts will be assigned different sections and then, together, the group will make a joyful noise playing three-part arrangements in triumphant harmony!
Hands-On and PLUGGED-IN! (Bing Futch)
More folks are discovering the joys of amplifying their instruments for the purpose of performing, recording, teaching, and fun! In this technically-inspired workshop, students will get answers to all of their questions regarding pick-ups and microphones, audio interfaces and amplifiers, plus digital effects like reverb and delay. Bing will demonstrate the essential gear during the workshop and help you figure out yours!
Leading Great Jams and Group Sessions (Dave Haas)
Ever notice how some jams flow smoothly, while others drag? Learn secrets of leading a group of musicians in both a jam session and a musical performance. Gain insights into how to provide leadership, have fun, and support players of all levels. Learn to incorporate singing and highlight different instruments in group settings. You'll also have the opportunity to lead a tune or share your own experiences! DAD
Hammered Dulcimer workshops
Track H4 - BEGINNERS: Nutmeg Team will work with you and teach you all the essentials.
Advanced Beginner thru Low Intermediate
Easy Patterns on Your Dulcimer (Timothy Seaman)
The hammered dulcimer is a map on which you move the hammers in triangles, zig-zags, and other journeys! We’ll focus on techniques of repeating the same shape continuously to get sound patterns without even thinking the note names, then moving that shape to different locations --- as well as using them for rhythms and chording in solo arrangements and accompaniment settings with tunes. And we’ll look at one of the secrets, body language that gets the hammers doing a ‘dance’! You’ll be amazed at all the kinds of possibilities this can open up.
Playing Well with Others (Timothy Seaman)
We’ll form our own ensemble with several specific roles: melody, chording, rhythm, and bass line --- in combinations using all hammered dulcimers and also with any other instruments you want to bring into the mix at times. We’ll explore how to make each role function well in the group while we play a couple of very simple and familiar tunes, and we’ll take turns with each role. A key is to use repeating physical patterns on the instrument to fit with the flow as we go! This should add new insights into participating in jams and group performances.
Separated-Hands Technique (Timothy Seaman)
You can really teach your hands to function as a ‘duet’ (sort of like a pianist does) by using this stylized and understandable system for right hand ‘triangle’ chords that are all the same shape, and combining these with a left-hand melody lead, using slow and simple tunes! We’ll start gently with a very basic and familiar melody, then develop the method to the point that it can be re-applied to simple tunes of your choice. This is a revolutionary way of putting together good solo arrangements fairly easily --- and it also fits nicely as accompaniment and lead in ensembles!
Playing Rounds (Tina Bergmann)
We’ll play rounds as an introduction to group playing, and along the way discuss listening, beat, hammering, musicality and variations. Both familiar and unfamiliar rounds and partner songs will be taught!
Intermediate thru Advanced
Adding Variation and Interest to Your Melodies (Tina Bergmann)
We’ll learn the spirited tune "Argeers," (The Dancing Master, John Playford-1651), and use it as a vehicle to apply a number of techniques that add variety and give you a solid base to play musically, as well as create fluid and engaging arrangements.
Learn to Use Your Peripheral Vision to Open Up Your Dulcimer (Tina Bergmann)
Sometimes the secret to success in hand independence is knowing where to glance, and other times it's all about using your peripheral vision and relaxing your gaze so you can see more of your dulcimer at once. If you struggle with hand independence and want to feel more comfortable separating your hands so you can play those beautiful low bass notes, this workshop is for you. We will learn exercises that are satisfying and effective and, time permitting, we’ll explore the tune “Goddesses” to put our work into action.
Ragtime Techniques (Tina Bergmann)
We’ll learn Combination Rag, a 1930s rag from the East Texas Serenaders, and examine the techniques that make it jump. Syncopation, phrasing, hammering chromatics and dynamics will be among the concepts discussed.
Filling Spaces with Music (Timothy Seaman)
Explore specific ways to make arrangements rich and interesting by filling in the spaces when the melody isn’t moving! We’ll experiment with imitating parts of the tune, following the notes of the chord, doing geometric shapes that match the context, coming up with ‘hooks’, using sixteenth note rhythms, writing countermelodies, balancing simplicity with complexity, balancing variety with unity, and more. For practice toward the end of the session, Timothy will play a familiar piece over and over so everyone can use it as a framework to try all sorts of possibilities in real time.