- Doo-Wop on the
(Novice) Four simple chords are used to play 99% of all doo-wop music.
Bring your dulcimer or whatever instrument you play-- or come & just
sing along. (Class/sing along)
- Building Firm
Foundations in Your Playing. (Novice) Topics include (as time
allows) playing smoothly and cleanly, a simple approach to timing and
rhythm, chord/melody style playing, making the most of your practice
time, memorizing songs, strumming with ease, basic chords and backup,
hearing phrasing in tunes, and an introduction to more advanced
embellishments such as hammer-ons and pull-offs. The repertoire for this
class will include basic jam tunes, hymns, and traditional songs.
- An Appalachian
(Intermediate)-- With Christmas just around the
corner, it’s time to start collecting some Christmas pieces. But you
won’t find “Rudolf” or “Frosty” anywhere here! I’ll be teaching some
obscure and unique Christmas pieces from Appalachia that have survived the ages for good reason.
Traditional Folk Tunes (Advanced) Be a part
of the “folk process” by creating your own inter-pretation of familiar
folk songs and tunes. In the first half, Sarah will share her process on
how to breathe new life into these ancient melodies. Second half, we’ll put this knowledge to practical use by
revamping a fiddle tune, then a song. Tip: Knowing the basics of chords
and where to find them will be helpful for this class.
- Skills Past Beginner--Improve your strum,
left hand fingering, use of a capo and playing smoothly with a group
- Beautiful Melodies --Plucking the notes
one at a time. learn left- and right-hand
techniques to increase & sustain smoothness and volume. Accompany
other instruments or solo slow pretty melodies. DAD-(Nov./Int)
- Play Faster and
--improve your speed and smoothness. Move the melody around the
fretboard. Backup chords in multiple positions and end with a flare.
Connection--Learn a jig, Hornpipe, and a slow aire--No Blarney!
- Playing Parts in a
(Novice and Beyond) We’ll work on “holding your
own” while others play other parts.
- Scottish Songs
Advanced)—Classics from two of Scotland’s greatest poets, Burns and
- Ballad Workshop (ALL levels).
Let’s sing our favorite ballads and learn some new ones. Listeners also
Joe LaMay and Sherri Reese
- Death and Taxes-- Traditional and
original songs of murder, death, heaven, and taxes