Afternoon Electives

Several morning classes don’t have the option of selecting afternoon electives. An *asterisk indicates a required course for Teaching Class Candidates.

Carol Crocker’s Level I Morning class will all have the same afternoon elective geared especially for beginners:
Mon, Wed, Thurs -- BEGINNER REVIEW OF MORNING SKILLS -- Exclusively for Carol Crocker’s Level I class
Tues -- DEVELOPING COMFORT WITH RHYTHM (Judy House, Level 1-2)

Judy House’s Year One Teaching Class must all take the following:
Monday – HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE JAM LEADER (Judy House, Level 3 & up)
Tuesday – LET’S GET IN SHAPE: CHORD SHAPES FOR MTN. DULCIMER (Elaine Conger, Level 2-3)
Wednesday -- HONING YOUR LESSON PLAN (Judy House, Level 3-4)
Thursday -- STRUMMING– DOES YOUR LEFT HAND KNOW WHAT YOUR RIGHT HAND IS DOING? (Judy House, Level 2) 

Joe Collins’ Year Two Teaching Class must all take the following:
Monday – ANALYZING BEGINNING DULCIMER TECHNIQUES (Joe Collins, Level 3+)
Tuesday -- PRACTICE TEACHING (Joe Collins, Level 3 and up) 
Wednesday -- HEAR-A-CHORD, THERE-A-CHORD (Elaine Conger, Level 2 and up)
Thursday -- HISTORY AND MODES OF THE DULCIMER (Janita Baker, Level 2+).

MONDAY 1:00-2:30

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. 

BEYOND THE DRONE (Tull Glazener, Level 2) - this class will introduce the concept of playing chords on the mountain dulcimer.   We'll start by drilling basic chord formations, and then show how the melody line tends to fall out of the chord structure. 

HELP! I WANT TO PLAY MOUNTAIN DULCIMER IN MY CHURCH’S WORSHIP TEAM…. (Steve Eulberg, Level 2 and up) ... and they keep playing in strange keys and playing strange chords. Working from chord charts, we’ll develop the necessary survival skills to play backup and occasional leads for playing in a Contemporary Worship Team.

MOUNTAIN DULCIMER MECHANICS (Janita Baker, Level 2 and up) - Understanding various aspects of the mountain dulcimer in terms of playability, performance and construction can help prevent and resolve issues that may arise and affect a player’s enjoyment of the instrument.  This workshop will cover topics such as:  what to look for when shopping for a better instrument; identification of problems common to dulcimers which affect either their playability or quality of sound; understanding intonation, effects of different scale lengths, string gauges, etc.; very simple fixes for common problems, i.e., slipping tuners, buzzes, sympathetic tones, or string breakage; and how to change strings, when and why.

TAB READING AND WRITING (Larry Conger, Level 2 and up) –  Let’s face it: we’re all poor tab readers. Why not learn the basic principles of tab reading and writing with this in-depth Powerpoint presentation? The fundamental principles of good tab will be discussed, followed by an interactive exercise designed to help you identify missing elements in various tab examples.

ALL ABOARD! (Laurie Alsobrook, Level 3) -- Everyone’s repertoire needs a few train songs, so climb aboard!

SACRED SONGS (Don Pedi, Level 3) – Traditional mountain songs of praise.

*ANALYZING BEGINNING DULCIMER TECHNIQUES (Joe Collins, Level 3 and up) -- A workshop designed to analyze how you perform specific beginner skills on the dulcimer.  The purpose is two-fold:  1. To make you a better player, and 2. To help you understand the various components of certain dulcimer skills in order to help when teaching others the process.  Although this is a required elective for the Year Two Teaching Program participants, the class is  open to all.

*HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE JAM LEADER (Judy House, Level 3 and up) - Come learn what a jam is, how it works, the value of a jam, tunes to use, how to start and end a tune, and loads of other ideas.  Although this is a required elective for the Year One Teaching Program participants, anyone is welcome to attend.

OLD SCOTTISH MELODIES (Aaron O’Rourke, Level 3-4) – While there will definitely
be a bagpipe tune or two in this class, we’ll also play through some arrangements of lute music that came from Scotland in the early 1600’s which just happen to work great on the mountain dulcimer.

IRISH JIGS (Rob Brereton, Level 4-5) -- This class will present several jigs as well as various ways to strum these jigs. You must be comfortable with hammer-ons, pull offs, and slides as these techniques will be used extensively in one of the jig strums. 5.The jigs will include Drops of Brandy and Pipe on the Hop. We will start in the D-A-d tuning but also use the “reverse ionian” D-G-d tuning. In addition, we will briefly discuss the uses and meaning of “reverse tunings.”

TABLEDIT 4 DAY CLASS

This series of four classes is designed for sequenced learning of the Tabledit program (tablature notation software). Each successive class builds on skills and knowledge from the previous class. Students with some previous experience should read though the descriptions for each class and attend the class(es) best targeted to their level and needs. Tabledit is a terrific and reasonably priced (about $60) music notation program that produces clear, professional -looking tablature for all stringed instruments.  It is an excellent tool for those who teach, compose or arrange for the mountain dulcimer. Each class will be taught with the instructor’s PC projected so that all can see actions in real time and will include detailed “how-to” handouts to serve as references. Classroom instruction and handouts will include MAC-specific instruction where there are differences between the PC and MAC platforms. *IMPORTANT* Please go to Tabledit.com and download the latest version of the product for your computer.  Bring to class, your laptop PC or Mac with Tabledit loaded. Registrants will be emailed specific instructions prior to Dulcimer U, and the instructor will be available on Sunday evening prior to classes starting to assist those with download issues or specific questions.

TABLEDIT I: LET’S START AT THE VERY BEGINNING (Melanie Johnston, Level 2 and up) - In this class we will start with a brief overview of the program and its usefulness for dulcimer tablature. We will discuss and set up choices for the General, Display, Preferences, Screen, Advanced and Multitrack sections of the program. We will move from there to set up instrument voice, time signature, key signature, title, tuning, pick-up measures, clef, and number of strings. Along the way we will discuss sources for music to tab, how to determine the string tuning to use for tunes written in common dulcimer-friendly keys and the challenge of accidentals.

 TUESDAY 1:00-2:30

 *DEVELOPING COMFORT WITH RHYTHM (Judy House, Level 1-2) --Do you think you can stand to put any more fun in your day? This elective will concentrate on playing different rhythms.  We’ll start with clapping and chanting and move on to using different types of fun and crazy rhythm instruments. We will explore different time signatures and hear how different rhythm patterns fit together in a piece. This is great for anyone interested in brushing up on their rhythm or just learning about percussion instruments! (Appropriate for Level 1 beginning class.)

MUSIC THEORY FOR THE MOUNTAIN DULCIMER PLAYER (Jim Miller, all 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.

LET’S GET IN SHAPE! (Elaine Conger, Level 2) -- Learning the chord shapes on the mountain dulcimer will add “light bulbs” to your playing.  In fact, you may see a light or two come on over a few participants’ heads! Find out what the “dulcimer salute” is and play some really fun tunes in the process.

YOU ROCK! (Laurie Alsobrook, Level 2) -- This promises to be a class that really rocks...including “Rock the Cradle Joe,” “Red Rocking Chair,” and more.

SINGING WITH BASIC CHORDS (Rob Brereton, Level 2 and up) -- Let’s take the basic chord shapes and see what we come up with. This class will present a slew of songs with just three chords (okay, maybe four). We will do a lot of Rock-n-Roll songs as well as traditional songs. We will see that a single chord progression can sometimes be applied to several different songs. Starting tuning will be D-A-d

CHORD EMBELLISHMENT (Tull Glazener, Level 3) -- We'll discuss how to take tunes you already play and "dress them up" a bit using some standard chord substitution techniques.

HERITAGE TUNES FOR DULCIMER (Don Pedi, Level 3) -- These are versions of fiddle tunes (and songs) that have been passed down for generations in the aural tradition. Family and regional takes on well known fiddle tunes, possibly a rare gem.

BEAUTIFUL AND LESSER KNOWN SPIRITUALS (Carol Crocker, Level 3 and up) -- Many of us know the spiritual,  “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” but there are many more that are just as fun and beautiful. We will learn to play a few as well as some their background history. Some three finger chords will be used.

JAZZ IN 1-3-5 TUNING (Steve Eulberg, Level 4-5) -- FAC is the perfect tuning (and very easy to get to from DAd) for playing jazz standards from fake books IN THE KEYS IN WHICH THEY WERE WRITTEN....so we can play with other people easily. We’ll learn chords, tune styles and a fun standard.

DULCIMER BLUES (Larry Conger, Level 4-5) -- Addressing the bluesy side of the dulcimer, this workshop will explore some great blues tunes such as, “CC Rider” and  “Midnight Special.”  You will need a 1.5 fret for this class. D-A-d tuning

*PRACTICE TEACHING FOR YEAR 2 CANDIDATES (Joe Collins, Level 3 and up) - This class is for the Year Two teaching class candidates where they can receive additional practice teaching time and feedback from the instructor.

TABLEDIT II: EASY ENTRY (Melanie Johnston, Level 2 and up - see Monday listing for complete class description) - Automatic rests, Reading Guides, Auto-Advance, Note Duration Quick Entry…… what’s it all about? Which ones should you use and why? Come find out in this class as we enter a tune from standard notation and one from handwritten tab. As we enter the music, we will put into practice and see the effects of the set-up choices we made in class 1. Additionally, we will use two methods to copy and paste measures, and use the “Reading List” feature to create repeats, 1st and 2nd endings etc. After all that, we will proof the piece by listening to it and evaluating  the choices made by Tabledit for frets and strings. We will fix and adjust as needed.

WEDNESDAY 1:00-2:30

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.

PETTING ZOO (Jim Miller, all levels) -- This is a hands-on opportunity to familiarize yourself with the different instruments of the dulcimer family.  We’ll discuss and examine examples of standard, bass, baritone, ginger, dulcimette and bowed dulcimers and have a chance to hear and play each.  Several different builders’ instruments will be available for comparison.

INTRO TO FLATPICKING (Tull Glazener, Level 2) -- Flatpicking is a useful technique both for playing melody lines quicker and more cleanly, and also for playing backup.  We'll start with basic fundamentals, and then show how to incorporate this technique into tunes you already play.

MOUNTAIN DULCIMER MECHANICS (Janita Baker, Level 2 and up) -- Repeat of Monday session; see Monday list for description.

*HEAR-A-CHORD, THERE-A-CHORD (Elaine Conger, Level 2 an up)“Everywhere a chord, chord……,” but how do you know when and where to use them?  Learn the 3 primary chords in any key, their functions, and how to distinguish when to play each.  This should help you out in a jam….or a jelly…..! (Required elective for Year Two Teaching Class candidates.)

HYMNS OF CHARLES WESLEY (Joe Collins, Level 2 and up) --  A repertoire of songs by one of the most prolific hymn writers in history. Although his brother John was better known as the theologian and the designer of the Methodist movement, it was Charles who provided the hymns that undergirded the movement among the people in the pew. In his life, he is said to have written more than 6500 hymns. We won't get to all of them in this workshop, but we'll cover a few.

FOLK SONGS FOR DULCIMER (Don Pedi, Level 3) -- A selection of songs from various sources, including 60’s Folk. Single string melody, chord melody, and simple chord styles.

SOMETHING FISHY (Laurie Alsobrook, Level 3) -- Grab your rod and reel...or your dulcimer and enjoy the catch of the day!

CLASSICAL MUSIC (Steve Eulberg, Level 4-5) -- Chopin's Raindrop Prelude Opus 28, No.1 for mountain dulcimer in DAd tuning (1.5 fret required)

CHRISTMAS IN JULY (Rob Brereton, Level 4-5) -- This class will focus on some less common Christmas songs including, “Breaking Up Christmas,” “Curoo, Curoo,” and a fingerpicked version of the “Cherry Tree Carol.”  We will start in the D-A-d tuning. Christmas in July will give you plenty of time to learn these tunes before December rolls around!

 *HONING YOUR LESSON PLAN (Judy House, Level 3 and up) -- Come learn the Why and How of planning a lesson.  From figuring out goals and objectives to ending a perfect lesson with a great closure, if you want to teach others to play the dulcimer, you need to attend. Although this is a required elective for the Year One Teaching Program participants, anyone is welcome to attend.

TABLEDIT III: HARMONY, TEXT AND SPECIAL EFFECTS (Melanie Johnston, Level 2 and up -- see Monday listing for complete class description) - Ready for a little harmony or to create a variation of an arrangement you tabbed earlier? Then you want to learn how to use the Module function. In this class we will create a module, talk about the “rules” for modules and look at Line Mode vs. Page Mode. We will then listen to the modules separately and together. We will learn how to enter chord symbols and adjust their position. I have a couple of really helpful tricks and cautions to show you here! We will also talk about using the text function to enter lyrics. Lastly we will enter a couple of special effects, e.g hammer-on, pull-off, slide, triplet..

THURSDAY 1:00-2:30

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.

PETTING ZOO (Jim Miller, all levels) -- Repeat of Wednesday Session -- This is a hands-on opportunity to familiarize yourself with the different instruments of the dulcimer family.  We’ll discuss and examine examples of standard, bass, baritone, ginger, dulcimette and bowed dulcimers and have a chance to hear and play each.  Several different builders’ instruments will be available for comparison.

*STRUMMING– DOES YOUR LEFT HAND KNOW WHAT YOUR RIGHT HAND IS DOING? (Judy House, Level 2) -- For so long, the right hand has been neglected.  This workshop will take a look at where your right hand is, where it should be, and what it is capable of doing! Come teach your right hand how to take the lead, and your left hand will follow!

APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN SONGS (Joe Collins, Level 2)  --  A repertoire workshop featuring a varied collection, including a couple of “sad, lost love” songs, a rollicking, “foot stomper,” and a favorite Appalachian hymn.

DENIAL AIN’T JUST A RIVER IN EGYPT (Laurie Alsobrook, Level 2) --Cute quote from Mark Twain and great title for a repertoire class on river songs. Includes titles like, “Tombigbee Waltz,” “Old Folks at Home,” “Down to the River to Pray,” “Proud Mary,” and more.

PLAYING HYMNS IN DAA TUNING (Steve Eulberg, Level 2 and up) -- An often overlooked tuning, DAA tends to lend itself very well to playing old hymn tunes.  This workshop will be fun no matter what your skill level.

*HISTORY AND MODES OF THE DULCIMER (Janita Baker, Level 2 and up)--We add great depth to our teaching and playing when we have a grasp of the cultural and musical history of the mountain dulcimer and its diatonic, multi-modal roots. This class will cover the history of the mountain dulcimer and how playing styles have evolved and influenced the design and development of the modern dulcimer.  We will explore the modal scales upon which the dulcimer’s fretboard is based, discover how the different modal tunings are used and what limits, if any, the diatonic fretboard presents to the player.  Simple arrangements will be offered to demonstrate the differences and similarities of the more useful modal tunings.  (Required elective for Year Two Teaching Class candidates.)

BALLADS FROM THE BRITISH ISLES (Don Pedi, Level 3) --Traditional American and British Isles ballads for dulcimer.

INTRO TO 1.5 FRET (Larry Conger, Level 3) -- This workshop will introduce 2 to 3 songs that make use of the 1.5 fret.  You will need a 1.5 fret across the entire fretboard instead of just under your middle string.  If you do not have a 1.5 fret, temporary frets will be provided.  This workshop is a repeat from the 2018 Winter Weekend. DAd tuning.

TIN PAN ALLEY MUSIC (Tull Glazener, Level 4-5) - - We'll learn some of the repertoire from the Golden Age of American popular music and how to find some of various "color chords" this music requires.

DUETS AND TRIOS FOR DULCIMERS.  (Rob Brereton, Level 4-5) -- If you “play well with others,” this is just for you. Several arrangements of classical and traditional tunes for two or more dulcimers. Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major and Kanonwaltzer just to name a few. If you enjoy ensemble playing, or are in a dulcimer club, this is a class for you! If you have a bass dulcimer, bring it along.

TABLEDIT IV: PRINT AND PLAY (Melanie Johnston, Level 2 and up -- see Monday listing for complete class description) - Surprisingly, printing out your beautifully written tablature so that it looks just the way you envisioned can be a challenge! In this class we will learn how to set fonts, adjust spacing, print size, specify the measures per line then over-ride that for specific lines and force page breaks. We will look at the choices for printing one or more modules and tab only or tab and standard notation. We will learn to circle or color certain tab numbers and hide non-melody notes in the standard notation for a cleaner appearance. Once you have a good Tabledit file (.tef) you can use it as an auditory study aid to help your students. This is especially useful to students who do not read music well and are helped by being able to hear the music. We will learn what you and your students need to know to use this feature.

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