Hammer Dulcimer Weekend Schedule

SKILL LEVELS:

HD1 = Beginner/New Player
HD2 = Adv Bgr/ Lower Intermediate
HD3 = Upper Intermediate
HD4 = Advanced


Friday, July 28 -- check-in to dorm 2:00-5:00; dinner in dining hall

Opening session 7:00 in Blue Ridge Conference Center -- group welcome & orientation; meet with instructor at conclusion for brief overview of what you'll be doing in class, hand out materials, etc.; students may go ahead and set up their instruments in their class locations.

Saturday, July 29 -- morning session 8:30-11:00; afternoon 1:30-4:00

Beginners/New Players (HD1) -- Jim Miller No experience is necessary to learn to play this ancient, beautiful instrument. You will learn basic scale layout, playing technique, a few tunes and gain enough skill and information to continue to learn tunes independently. Loaner dulcimers will be available with prior notice. Beginners will stay with Jim all weekend; therefore, they will not choose electives for Sunday afternoon.

Advancing Beginner/Lower Intermediate (HD2) -- Phyllis Woods Brown Geared to the student that is comfortable with the notes and layout of their instruments, playing melodies but wanting to embellish. You will learn the importance of knowing at least the basic chords that we most often use in our hammered dulcimer music. We will go over playing in different keys and which chords are used where, and then you will learn how to find those chords on your instrument. Chords are what make the music; you will learn how to use them to add excitement, melancholy, reverence and other emotions to your playing! This is the difference between playing a tune and feeling a tune.

Upper Intermediate/Advanced (HD3-4) -- Jody Marshall Take your playing to a new level as we expand our understanding of how to use chords and harmony (including how to “voice” chords for ultimate effect); rhythmic tricks such as long rolls, hand damping, and reverse flams; hand independence; and other techniques. We'll learn some great new repertoire in the process!

Saturday evening concert at 7:00 with all 3 instructors in the Blue Ridge Conference Center

Sunday, July 30 -- morning session 8:30-11:00; continuation of Saturday classes, i.e., students remain with their Saturday instructor

Afternoon electives (except for beginners who stay with Jim Miller):

1:00-2:30
Welcome to the Chord Buffet! (Phyllis Woods Brown; HD2) Geared to the student that is comfortable with the notes and layout of their instruments, playing melodies but wanting to embellish. You will learn the importance of knowing at least the basic chords that we most often use in our hammered dulcimer music. We will go over playing in different keys and which chords are used where, and then you will learn how to find those chords on your instrument. Chords are what make the music; you will learn how to use them to add excitement, melancholy, reverence and other emotions to your playing! This is the difference between playing a tune and feeling a tune.

Backup: Beyond the Basics (Jody Marshall; HD 3-4) So you know where your chords are, but now what? How do you use them to accompany others? In this class we'll focus on some specific ideas for backing up jigs, reels, and waltzes, building skills we can draw on in jam sessions and when arranging tunes with a band.

3:00-4:30
Spread a Little Happiness! (Jody Marshall; HD2) Hornpipes, jigs, and other happy tunes sound great on the hammered dulcimer. They’re also therapeutic: it’s hard to stay in a bad mood while playing these spritely melodies!

The Swallowtail Waltz (Phyllis Woods Brown; HD3-4) Come learn a really fun-to-play version of the Swallowtail Jig, Phyllis’ arrangement of The Swallowtail Waltz. This waltz can be played slowly, but is SO much fun to play at a fast pace! We will go over the basic melody of the jig and then learn this fun fun arrangement!

Sunday evening sharing session 7:00; Q & A with instructors; jam

Monday, July 31 -- breakfast; check-out of dorm

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