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On the Trail of Cecil Sharp with Anne Lough

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Anne Lough

Dates – Thursdays, April 8 – 29, 2021
Time: 10:30-12:00 Noon EDT
Four 90 minute sessions
Cost: $150.00

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Instructor: Anne Lough

Class Description

“It is no exaggeration to say that some of the hours I passed sitting on the porch of a log cabin, talking and listening to songs were among the pleasantest I have ever spent." So relates Cecil Sharp in the introduction to “English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians,” collected over a century ago in the hills and hollers of our Southern Appalachians.

Step back in time, imagine yourself on the porch of an Appalachian cabin and delight in some of the songs and ballads that so captivated Mr. Sharp and are included in his very important collection. The dulcimer began its Appalachian journey playing many these tunes and we’ll continue the tradition by learning to play a variety of these gems and exploring the modes that gave them their  authentic and special sound the dulcimer is so well suited for.

This class is suitable for advanced beginners and above. Comfort with re-tuning the dulcimer will be encouraged as we gain an understanding of the unique qualities of the often used modes. We'll discuss the use and possibilities of the Ionian (DAA,) Dorian (DAG,) Aeolian (DAC,) and Mixolydian (DAD) traditional modes as well as simple chord possibilities and similarities. As the tunes are learned, good playing technique will also be suggested and demonstrated.

If you have two dulcimers, it might be helpful to have them handy to keep in two different tunings.

All the music will be provided by the instructor.

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