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Afternoon Electives

Dulcimer U Summer Week 2022

Carol Crocker’s Level I Morning class will have the opportunity to continue with Carol each afternoon in a review session of the skills presented that morning.  Beginners, please note that there will be no other electives offered with the beginning dulcimer player in mind; however, there are several electives offered that do not require a dulcimer to participate.  For the adventurous, you’re welcome to participate in a Level 2 elective with the understanding that the instructor will and should only be focused on Level 2 skills within the scope of each elective session. 

BEGINNER REVIEW OF MORNING SKILLS (Exclusively for Carol Crocker’s Level I class)

A continuation/review of the beginning morning skills class. This will give the participants time to ask those questions they thought of over lunch or get extra help. 

MUSIC THEORY FOR THE MOUNTAIN DULCIMER PLAYER (Jim Miller, all skill levels)

This class will cover the basics of music theory as it applies to the mountain dulcimer. Learn about scales, chords, modes, intervals, etc., and how to apply this knowledge to the dulcimer fretboard. (Will be repeated on Wednesday.)

CAUGHT IN A JAM???  (Laurie Alsobrook, Level 2, Advancing Beginner)

What if the tune is being played in a different key and I only know it in D?  What if I don’t know the song?  Answers to these questions and more!  Consider this session your guide for jam survival...plus it will be fun! For three strings with DAD tuning; please bring a capo.

SONGS OF THE WEST (Irma Reeder, Level 2-3, Advancing Beginner/Lower Intermediate)

Saddle up your mustang and take a ride through the old west!  We’ll have some fun with melodies, parts, accompaniments, and maybe some whistling! Bring your capo just in case.

FAMILIAR HYMNS IN THE KEY OF G (Sally Delawter, Level 3, Lower Intermediate)

It can be hard to sing some of those hymns in D – it’s too high! We will learn a number of favorite hymns in chord melody style, played in the key of G, but we will be tuned in DAD.  No capo is required, BUT you must have a 1 1/2 fret.

DULCIMER ENSEMBLE TECHNIQUES (Elaine Conger, Level 3+, Lower Intermediate and up)

Playing well in a group setting takes quite a bit of skill. Using PowerPoint and group demonstration/discussion, the class will cover a myriad of topics and techniques including maintaining a group pulse, expression, dynamics, performance etiquette, seating arrangement, repertoire choice, and arranging ideas. 

THINKING “INSIDE” THE BOX (Butch Ross, Level 4, Upper Intermediate)
Learn to use cross-string picking and three finger "boxes" to tame tricky tunes without simplifying melodies or removing notes. Improve speed and dexterity without actually playing faster.

PIEDMONT FINGERPICKING(Carol Walker - Level 4 Upper Intermediate and beyond)

Guitarists have been using this fingerpicking method forever, but now mountain dulcimer players can do it too! If you’re looking for a spiffy new challenge to add to your quiver of techniques, you’ll enjoy this mountain dulcimer variation. We’ll work our way through some exercises to get your hands and brain in sync, and then we’ll apply it to all kinds of tunes! (DAD & DAA tuning)

HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN (Larry Conger, Level 5, Beyond Intermediate) Requires a 1+ fret and a capo.
In this class, you will learn an arrangement of a great old rock tune from 1964 made popular by Eric Burdon and the Animals. The melody is played in two different octaves and the arrangement makes extensive use of the 1+ fret. A challenge for the intermediate level player and perfect for the more advanced player. This tune “has been the ruin of many a poor boy.” Come on! You know you want to learn this song! DAD tuning. Bring a capo. 

BEGINNER REVIEW OF MORNING SKILLS (Exclusively for Carol Crocker’s Level I class)

A continuation/review of the beginning morning skills class. This will give the participants time to ask those questions they thought of over lunch or get extra help.  

WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS!  (Laurie Alsobrook, Level 3, Lower Intermediate)

It’s a shame to waste such beautiful melodies and play them only once a year. Perhaps these lesser-played tunes will soon become your favorites as they are already mine. Techniques practiced in this workshop will include draw-pluck style of playing.  For three strings with DAD tuning; please bring a capo.

CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP MUSIC (Sally Delawter, Level 3, Lower Intermediate)

Are you on a praise team at church? Just love to sing contemporary worship songs? Yes, we can play contemporary worship music on the dulcimer. Because this is current copyrighted music, there will be an additional $5 fee to cover the printing rights payable at the beginning of class. You will learn and receive TAB for 4 popular worship songs, played in chord-melody style. We will tune in C/G/C for ease in singing.

PLAYING FOR CONTRA DANCES (Jim Miller, Level 3+, Lower Intermediate and up)

Learn the ins and outs of accompanying this popular form of dance. We'll cover important topics such as keeping steady rhythm and listening to other players. Learn what to do (and not do) as well as common contra dance tunes. (This class will also be offered on Thursday.)

SINGING WITH THE MOUNTAIN DULCIMER (Irma Reeder; Level 3+, Lower Intermediate and up) Let’s learn how to accompany our singing with the dulcimer!  We’ll add an intro, a break, and use strumming and picking to back up the vocals.  Working knowledge of chords needed.  Bring your capo, just in case.

BEST LOVED HYMNS IN TWO KEYS - (Larry Conger, Level 3+, Lower Intermediate and up)
DAD tuning

This class will present several familiar hymn tunes that are played in two different keys, thereby adding interest to the arrangements. A 1.5 fret will be useful but not required.  A perfect addition to your worship service repertoire.

DULCIMER ENSEMBLE REPERTOIRE (Elaine Conger, Level 3-4, Intermediate)

For skilled players who have a thorough knowledge of theory as it applies to the dulcimer and are fluent tab readers. Improve your ability to play in a dulcimer ensemble by honing your skills in steady beat, expression, dynamics, and overall musicality. Bass and baritone dulcimer parts will be utilized in addition to standards, so bring them if you have them! (Baritones tuned ADa; all others DAd)

TAKE A SAD SONG AND MAKE IT BETTER (Butch Ross, Level 4-5, Upper Intermediate and beyond)

We will take songs that you’ve perhaps grown a little tired of, tear them apart and put them back together again to create fun & energized new versions. We’ll learn fingering techniques that allow you to play “all” the notes. As well as additional musical and rhythm embellishments to teach these old dogs some new tricks.

Capo Capers & Alternate Tunings -- (Carol Walker Level 4 Upper intermediate and beyond)

If you're stuck in the DAD rut, this class will freshen up your repertoire with a rich variety of tunes
that will add colorful diversity to your playing. You'll also discover that your capo has magical
powers! We'll start off in DAD but will venture forth into the land of DAA, DAC, CAC, DF#A
("Chromatic" tuning), AAD, GGD, and more! Obviously a capo is also required!

BEGINNER REVIEW OF MORNING SKILLS (Exclusively for Carol Crocker’s Level I class)
A continuation/review of the beginning morning skills class. This will give the participants time to ask those questions they thought of over lunch or get extra help.

MUSIC THEORY FOR THE MOUNTAIN DULCIMER PLAYER (Jim Miller, all skill levels, REPEAT OF MONDAY)

This class will cover the basics of music theory as it applies to the mountain dulcimer. Learn about scales, chords, modes, intervals, etc., and how to apply this knowledge to the dulcimer fretboard.

SONGS WITH THE FUNNIEST TITLES! (Laurie Alsobrook, Level 2, Advancing Beginner)
The titles of some or our tunes absolutely crack me up!  Be prepared to enjoy...we’ll try to keep a straight face when we play a few of these.  While having fun, we’ll work on left hand skills.  For three strings with DAD tuning; please bring a capo.

INTRO TO THE BANJAMMER (Mike Clemmer, Level 2+, Advancing Beginner and up)
Come experience this interesting and unique creation of Mike Clemmer! (Will be repeated on Thursday)  

CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP MUSIC PART 2 (Sally Delawter, Level 3, Lower Intermediate)

Sometimes, it’s easier to strum a rhythm back up and sing our worship songs. Because this is current copyrighted music, there will be an additional $5 fee to cover the printing rights payable at the beginning of the class. You will receive chord sheets for 4 popular worship songs. (These are not the same songs as in the previous class; you do not need to have attended the previous Worship music class.) We will tune in C/G/C for ease in singing. 

TAILLES TUNES - Traditional Manx Music from the Isle of Man -- (Carol Walker - Level 3 Lower Intermediate)
We'll go on a musical journey to the Isle of Man, a tiny island located in the Irish Sea, where we'll explore an untapped source of this beautiful Celtic music, including lively jigs and reels, soothing lullabies, and haunting ballads. I'll share many anecdotes related to these songs, gathered during my two visits to the Island. Please visit the "Manxellaneous" section of my website for more in-depth information about the Isle of Man. (DAD & DGD tuning; 1+ fret needed for some pieces; capo required;)

DUETS FOR STANDARD DULCIMERS (Larry Conger, Level 3+, Lower Intermediate and up) - DAD tuning - Familiar and not so familiar songs will be presented.  These arrangements will feature one part that is a bit more difficult than the other. You do not have to have a duet partner in order to attend this class or play these arrangements. Each tune can stand alone as a solo.

MIDWINTER’S MEMORIES (Irma Reeder, Level 4, Upper Intermediate)

Obscure Christmas songs you can play anytime!  A good working knowledge of TAB and chords will help you as we do some flat picking, finger picking, parts, and accompaniments.  Bring your capo, just in case.

SHOW OFF! (Butch Ross, Level 5, Beyond Intermediate)

Learn to make unusual, off-beat and fun sounds on the dulcimer. In short stuff that sounds cool! Learn string bending, natural and artificial harmonics, Two-hand tapping, slapping, hammer-ons, pull-offs and using the dulcimer as a drum. We’ll learn how to do this stuff, but more importantly when to do it.

BEGINNER REVIEW OF MORNING SKILLS Exclusively for Carol Crocker’s Level I class

A continuation/review of the beginning morning skills class. This will give the participants time to ask those questions they thought of over lunch or get extra help.  

INTRO TO THE BANJAMMER (Mike Clemmer, Level 2+, Advancing Beginner and up, REPEAT FROM WEDNESDAY)
Come experience this interesting and unique creation of Mike Clemmer!

PLAYING FOR CONTRA DANCES (Jim Miller, Level 3 & up, Lower Intermediate and up) REPEAT FROM TUESDAY)

Learn the ins and outs of accompanying this popular form of dance. We'll cover important topics such as keeping steady rhythm and listening to other players. Learn what to do (and not do) as well as common contra dance tunes. This is a repeat of Tuesday’s class, but you’re welcome to take it again as a rehearsal for the evening’s dance!

FAMILIAR HYMNS, BUT WHAT’S THE TUNE??  (Sally Delawter, Level 3, Lower Intermediate)
Sometimes, when we sing those old familiar hymns, we go on auto-pilot. We will look at well-known lyrics put to a totally different (also well-known) tune, in chord-melody style. They’re not challenging to play, but it will make you think about those words! We will tune in C/G/C for ease in singing.

WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI (Laurie Alsobrook, Level 3, Lower Intermediate)
Here are a few traditional fiddle tunes I learned from two fiddlers out of Kansas and East Texas. We’ll learn songs in the old time style.  Tab will be provided at the end of the class.  Here’s a chance to work on your ear training while learning a few new tunes.  For three strings with DAD tuning; please bring a capo.

ROCK-N-ROLL BEGINNER BOOT CAMP WITH CHORDS (Butch Ross, Level 3+, Lower Intermediate and up)
Did you know it only takes a handful of simple chords to play most of the songs from the early days of Rock-n-Roll? Come learn the common chord progressions and song structures required to play dozens of classic tracks. Learn how to play the same progressions in different keys. Capo required

SONGS OF THE BRITISH ISLES (Irma Reeder, Level 4, Upper Intermediate)

Take a trip back in time, and play songs that evoke bittersweet memories of green meadows, dramatic seascapes, lost love, and fallen heros. Bring your capo, just in case.

VARIATIONS ON THE TUNE -- (Carol Walker Levels 4-5 Upper Intermediate and beyond)
Are you tired of playing the same old tune the same old way? In this workshop we'll get creative, adding a countermelody and passing tones, using different chords or positions, trying different styles, changing keys and time signatures, and using the entire fretboard. We'll take our tab from basic bare bones to a fancy version suitable for performance. (DAD tuning; capo required)

DULCIMER BLUES (Larry Conger, Level 5, Beyond Intermediate) - DAD tuning
This class requires a 1+ fret to get that "bluesy" sound.  Challenge yourself to learn several old blues tunes from "Midnight Special" to "CC Rider."  A challenge for the intermediate level player.  Bring a capo, just in case.

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