Want a kick-start? Try a bootcamp! (optional) - 2019
Beginners have the option of joining a bootcamp (or choose suitable individual classes during sessions 1 and 2).
Bootcamps meet from 9AM - 11:45 AM (during general sessions 1 and 2.)
You're also welcome to join Early Bird and sessions 3 and 4.
* NEW FOR 2019! *
Ukulele Bootcamp with Jim Miller & Sharrie George
Jim - (Beginner) Folk Tunes with Chords - Let's play chords on some simple folk tunes we all know and love
Sharrie – (Beginner) Ukulele Standards & Strums
Jim – (Beginner) Folk Tunes with Melody - We'll add a melody line to some favorite old folk tunes
Sharrie – (Beginner) Tunes From the 50's and 60's - chords & strums
Jim – (Intermediate) Swing tunes with chords – We'll learn chords to some good old swing chestnuts
Sharrie - (Intermediate) Island Tunes with Melody & Harmony
Jim – (Intermediate) Swing tunes with melody – Covers the melody lines for several common swing tunes
Sharrie - (Beginner & Intermediate) Jamming Keys with Melody & Chords
Beginner Hammered Dulcimer with Mary Lynn van Deventer
This class is designed to launch your playing! We will start from the very beginning and cover everything you need to know as a new player. Nothing is too basic to ask. We will cover hammers, tuning, hammering technique, a review of systems of hammering, various ways to playing scales and arpeggios, "mapping" the instrument to reveal the many patterns that are so integral to playing, an introduction to and application of chord theory, an introduction to backup, an overview of arranging techniques such as two- and three-note chords, valley rolls and arpeggio fills. We will use a few simple tunes to introduce and apply the concepts. Musicality and phrasing will be emphasized.
Beginner Mountain Dulcimer with Judy House
This class is specifically designed for the rank beginner who has had little or no experience with the Mountain Dulcimer. For three hours every morning, we will explore:
Tuning and caring for your dulcimer
Finding the best playing position for you
Strumming and fretting techniques
Learning to play in time
The basics of reading music
Basic backup chords
The history of the Mountain Dulcimer
How to survive and enjoy a jam
And, we’ll be learning a boatload of great songs!
I hope you will join me for a week of laughter, music, and a mountain of fun!
Things to Bring
A music stand
A strap if you use one
Two or three picks (at least one) [Mountain Dulcimer]
Hammers [Hammered Dulcimer]
A small notebook if you want