The best virtual dulcimer festival on the planet is coming your way on October 6, 7, 8, and 9, 2022, and I’ll be teaching four one-hour classes.
For registration and more info about the festival:
For my classes below, the titles will link to the registration page for each class (in a new tab).
Here they are in the order I’ll be teaching them:
Soothing & Magical Chord Loops
(Level 3 INT) FRIDAY, October 2nd – Session 5: 3-4PM
In this workshop, you’ll learn some soothing and magical chord progressions that are easy to play and fun. These progressions only have four chords and they are mesmerizing and addictive! We’ll also explore a few arpeggio patterns and melodies that go with each loop. You already know most of these chords, so the challenge will be to keep them flowing along smoothly.
Getting Started With Two-Handed Tapping
(Level 5 ADV) SATURDAY, October 8th – Session 1: 9-10AM
Experience the exciting world of tapping on your mountain dulcimer! Using a tried-and-true method I’ve developed over three decades, you’ll learn to hammer-on and pull-off with your right forefinger, while your left hand holds down familiar chord positions in the first few frets. With a little practice, you will be getting your groove on in no time! This technique is easier than it sounds and it is FUN!!
Peaceful Irish Airs and Lullabies
(Level 3 INT) SATURDAY Session 2: 10:15-11:15AM
Get totally enchanted with these slow, meditative airs from Ireland. “Irish Lullaby No. 1” is an original lullaby that we’ll be doing in a simple, chord-melody arrangement. “Eibhlí Gheal Chiúin Ní Chearbhaill” (“The Fair and Charming Eileen O’Carroll”) is much more mesmerizing and circular.
A Relaxing, Meditative Journey With “Skip’s Heavenly Round”
(Level 4 UpperINT) SATURDAY Session 6: 4:14-5:15PM
You’ll learn one of my original rounds in this session. We’ll be playing this as a solo “Jam-A-Round” here, rather than as a traditional round. This just means that we have the harmony parts and jazzy chords all baked right in. Although the tempo is slow, there is a lot going on in this arrangement. You’ll be able to see my left hand for help with fingering.
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