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2020 Autoharps & Dulcimers 2 Class Descriptions


Classes by Instructors


Tina Bergmann– Hammered Dulcimer


ADV BEG: Repertoire & Technique.  We’ll learn Argeers, an old tune from John Playford, and address several techniques to add variety and give you a solid base to play musically.


ADV BEG:PLAYING ROUNDS We’ll play rounds as an introduction to group playing, and along the way discuss listening, beat, hammering, musicality and variations. Both familiar and unfamiliar rounds and partner songs will be taught!


NOVICE-INTHD Boot camp. Learn the relationships between marked courses, half steps, repeated notes, chords and scales that will unlock a deeper understanding of your instrument, help you to feel more free when learning tunes and help you get your money’s worth in lessons, workshops and camps!


INT/ADV: MASTERING ROLLS: Rolling well is a technique that can elevate your playing. We’ll look at how rolls function, when to use them, learn exercises to help us gain facility in rolling in either hand, and experiment with using rolls in different ways to enhance music making.


INT/ADV: SYNCOPATION & RHYTHMIC TOMFOOLERY-We’ll learn an easy tune and apply all manner of exercises with rhythmic twists and turns to broaden your syncopation vocabulary. Even if you only master the first of the exercises, which are presented in order of difficulty, you’ll be able to apply the syncopation freely to other tunes in your repertoire.



Don Pedi-Mountain Dulcimer


Old -Time Music for Beginners
Develop a strong foundation through strumming and fingering techniques applied to simple traditional versions of mountain songs.

Ballads and Sacred Songs of the Southern Mountains 
Traditional versions, mostly learned in the aural tradition from past master musicians in Western North Carolina.

Old-Time Songs and Fiddle Tunes for Dulcimer 
A variety of traditional songs and tunes, mostly  from Western North Carolina and South Eastern Kentucky

Old-Time Fiddle Tunes for Dulcimer
Melodic and/or rhythmically challenging tunes from the southern mountains.

Songs and Tunes from Across the Pond 
Traditional Songs and Tunes. Mostly from England and Ireland.




Heidi Cerrigone- Autoharp & Hammered Dulcimer


Wonderful Waltzes: (Beg/Int Hammered Dulcimer)  We’ll take a couple of simple waltzes; get the melodies down and then explore filling in the “holes” with chords.  Possible tunes are “Rainbow Waltz”, “ Cowboy’s Waltz”, “Peeler Creek”, or “ Tombigbee”


New England Tunes:  (Int/Adv  Hammered Dulcimer) Add some contradance standards to your repertoire such as “Road to Boston”, “Swaoolowtail Jig”, “Come Dance & Sing”, and :Staten Island”.


Crooked Tunes: (Int/Adv  Hammered Dulcimer)  It can be a challenge to learn irregular tunes—ones where a beat is added or dropped.  Come learn “Texas”, “Elk River Blues”, and “Roscoe’s Waltz”.


MusicTheory for Dummies (all levels):  A little theory is often as useful as a lot of technique in terms of improving your playing; particularly in jamming situations.  This workshop is designed to demystify what ever dulcimer or autoharp player should know about chords, modes, keys, and other frightening but important subjects.  Time permitting, we”ll also discuss jamming techniques and etiquette.


Picking Clean Melodies (Beg/Int Autoharp)  Here are some basics for playing melodies on the autoharp and what you can do to make them stand out clearly.  Focus will be on pinch-pluck but we’ll work a bit on thumb lead as well.


Neal Walters-Autoharp


¾ Strum Accompanoment (Beg/Int):  This is a beginners class building on a simple ¾ strum and applying it to songs such as “Down in the Valley” and “Across the Blue Mountains”.


Easy Lullabies (Beg/Int)  This is an easy strumming workshop focusing on accompaniment of “Brahm’s Lullaby”, “Hush Little Baby”, and “Slumber My Darling”; all in the key of C.  While you may be tempted, no snoozing is allowed!


Ragged Tunes (Int/Adv)  We’ll work through a couple of tunes like “Pig Ankle Rag”. “Red Apple Rag”, or “Victory Rag” and then focus on the rhythm accents, which make these tunes so much fun to play.


Duets on the Autoharp (Int/Adv)  Here are several example of duest playing: from call & answer to cunter melodies.  Titles include “The Clayhole”, “Precious Memories”, Aloha Oe” and “Spotted Pony”.


Thumb Lead (Int/Adv):Here’s a way to play melody on the autoharp alternatively to the piinh-pluck method.  Good songs for exploring are “Going to Italy”, “Golden Slippers”, and “Do Lord”.


Norm Williams-Mountain Dulcimer


Playing with a Capo


Using Whiskey



Coleen Walters-Bass & Recording


Basic Discover Class:(Beg/ Int)  Every group can benefit from having a bass to keep the beat and add to the overall sound.  This class will introduce you to the instrument and teach you to play simple accompaniments in the most common keys, particularly the key of D.


Bass Runs & More: (Beg/Int)  Build on the skills learned in the basic class to play in keys of G, A, and C and to add some spice to your playing using bass runs.


Getting Ready to Record (all levels).  Basement Music is a full service recording studio operated by Neal & Coleen in Greencastle, PA.  We’ll discuss what you need to know, and be prepared for, prior to going into a recording session.  Here’s a rare opportunity to get all of your “how-to” questions answered!


John Cerrigone-Autoharp & Guitar


Autoharp I (Novice/Beg) Keys C,F,G,D,A  For students just beginning to play the autoharp.  Tuning the instrument, simple strum patterns, and singing with the autoharp will be covered.  The repertoire will be familiar melodies as well as common old-time tunes.  The ability to read music is helpful but NOT required,


Autoharp Strum Variations (Beg/Int) Keys C,F,G,D,A  Strum variations in both ¾ and 4/4 time, as well as beginning melody picking will be covered. 


Singing with the Autoharp (Novice/Beg) For students just beginning to play the autoharp.  We will explore some simple back up strum patterns as we accompany our voices singing familiar melodies.


Travis Picking (Guitar):This is an intermediate level guitar class that explores a three-finger style accompaniment in 4/4 time.



Rich Kuklentz- singing


Demystifying Rise Up Singing:  one of our most popular classes!  Using the song “fake book”  Rise Up Singing we’ll run through how to use the book’s music notations and discuss some of the quirks that you run into when using this excellent book.  Bring your copy if you have one.  We will have a few copies to share.  You can order a copy at singout.org.  There will be limited number of copies available for purchase at the event.  HINT:  order the “large print” edition!


Anne Dilker- Non-music and/or Novice Autoharp & HD


Basic Kumihimo (Japanese Board Braiding): Kongoh Gumi, the easiest of braid structures will get you off and braiding in no time.  By making a bracelet out of USA trademarked rattail (satin cord) you’ll learn the braid structure, the impact of color placement, and how to turn the finished braid into a piece of jewelry.  Loaner disks available or bring your own.


Kohgo Gumi w/ Beads: (Kumihimo) No beads, some beads, all beads?   What beads work?  All will be discussed!  You’ll make a bracelet with beads on 2 warps.  Loaner disks available or bring your own.


Kusari Tsunagi: (Kumihimo)  An alternative structure for a round braid; this one sets your stitches in a straight line.  Using a template that I’ve developed for the foam disk you’ll be working this braid structure in no time.  Loaner disks available or bring your own.


Domed (or ½ Round):  (Kumihimo)  My favorite braid for large textiles and leather.  Using a template I’ve developed for the foam disk you’ll be working this extremely cool, yet vastly overlooked, braid structure.  We’ll turn it into a bracelet. Loaner disks available or bring your own.


Micro-macrame:  Remember the “Survival Bracelets” that were all the rage 4 or 5 years ago (they were made out of paracord)?  Or the “Shamballa” bracelets that were all the rage 2 or 3 years ago?  Do you like the wrap bracelets that are still all the rage?  They’re all made from a single knot.  It’s a square knot that’s tied over a core.  It’s controlling the loose cords and “tying over a core” that confuses most. Using my macrame board you’ll be tying knots in no time.  Again, we’ll turn your work into a bracelet. I’ll have a variety of cording so you can chose the “look” of your bracelet.  Loaner boards available or bring your own. 

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