Redwood Dulcimer Day 2015

15th Annual Redwood Dulcimer Day - August 1, 2015
a full day of workshops and concerts on mountain (lap) dulcimer for novice to advanced players, all ages. Loaner dulcimers are available.

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Pre-enrollment must be received by July 30th.

Advance registration: Fill out the on-line form by clicking here: ONLINE FORM, or print and fill out the paper form by clicking here: PRINT FORM, then click the "Buy Now" button below to pay, or send your check to Community Music School, P. O. Box 531, Santa Cruz, CA 95061.

About Redwood Dulcimer Day

This event offers beginning to advanced music workshops on playing the mountain dulcimer, a magical sounding instrument that anyone can learn to play and some have taken to lofty heights. Even if you are a complete beginner and do not own a dulcimer, come anyway. We will lend you an instrument and provide beginning level instruction to get you started. And if you already play, come prepared to make musical leaps. Redwood Dulcimer Day offers a low-pressure, low stress environment where everyone can relax and have fun playing and learning about the mountain dulcimer and just making music.

Featuring special guest artist Erin Mae. Erin Mae of Wichita, Kansas, has been playing dulcimer for 20 years and won the National Mountain Dulcimer Championships in 2004 at age 17. A virtuoso flat-picker, she is known for both technical proficiency and deep musical expression. In 2007 she underwent a difficult battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma and played her dulcimer through every chemotherapy treatment. Erin is passionate about encouraging people who are experiencing difficulty, and that passion is evident as she culls music from the dulcimer that lifts the spirit and heals the soul. Erin maintains a busy dulcimer teaching schedule and since 2010 has also toured nationally with her sister Amber, a fiddler, in the duo Scenic Roots. Also teaching will be locals Neal Hellman, Janet Herman, Peter Tommerup, Steve Eulberg, and Laura Devine. Childrens program with Richard Standard and Shelley Phillips.


Our location is the same as last year: St. Philips Episcopal Church, 5271 Scotts Valley Dr. Scotts Valley, CA 95066 in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains

Schedule for August 1st: 9:30am-5:00pm workshops; 5:15-6:15 song circle, 8:00pm faculty concert
Also on August 2nd: 10 AM - we have been given an opportunity to play for the Episcopalian service at our venue (rehearsal at 9:30), 12:30pm-5:30pm private lessons by appointment (make arrangements on Saturday with the teacher and pay them directly).


Loaner dulcimers are available - let us know in advance if you need one...
Got an extra dulcimer you wouldnt mind loaning to a novice for the day? Bring it along!
You may also like to bring a music stand, notetaking supplies, and extra picks, but we will have extras of all these things too.
Free stringing, tuning and small repairs available as well.

Interested in the young persons program? We will be making and decorating our own cardboard dulcimers and learning to play a bit. Class size limited - you must RSVP to shelley@communitymusicschool.org (sorry no drop-ins) - children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Workshops: $60 (advance, see below), or $70 (at the door)
Concert: $15 adult /$10 student (suggested donation at the door).
Lunch provided, and enjoy the local restaurants for dinner before the concert.



Lunchtime performance (main alcove at 12:15):
A Musical Tribute to Jean Ritchie with DJ Hamouris,
Janet Herman & the Fair Beauty Brights (Shelley Phillips, Kathleen Loveless, Laura Reeve, Deby Benton-Grosjean)

Afternoon Showcase (sanctuary at 3:00)
The Grand Dulcimer Orchestra led by Steve Eulberg
Sweet Players led by Laura Devine

Happy Hour Song Circle (main alcove at 5:15)
Sign up at the registration desk for an open mic spot during this circle, or just show up and take part in some fantastic sing-along selections led by Laura.

Session 1 Class Descriptions:

Just for the Love of Aeolian (Novice) - Laura
This class is designed for the budding novice and beginner players. I have some very easy and fun tunes to get you started playing right away...in a beautiful, haunting mode.

Music of the World for Mountain Dulcimer (Adv Beginner) - Neal
Time to explore! Featuring some of the easiest arrangements from Neal and Janet's latest book for Hal Leonard Publishing.

Jam Sessions 101 (Low Int) - Erin
Learn some basic survival skills for jumping into jam sessions, even if you don't know all the songs being played. Skills taught include chording, recognizing chord changes, and simple improvisation.

Fingerstyle (Intermediate & up) - Steve
Using the Tune Noel Nouvelet from France, we will explore some straight forward finger style techniques and then fanci-fy the tune as for Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer, Vol 2.

Session 2 Descriptions:

DAD Solid Foundation (Novice) - Erin
Begin to learn your way around your instrument in D-A-D. Focus will be on right and left hand technique; good posture and body mechanics; and, of course, some fun tunes!

Advancing Your Playing Skills (Adv Beginner) - Ron
We will learn 6-8 new songs illustrating more advanced playing techniques for beginners. Ability to play simple chords and read tablature required.

Fun French and Accessible American Tunes (Intermediate) - Peter
Traditional French and Appalachian tunes have catchy melodies and interesting harmonies, and they fit very nicely on a dulcimer. We'll focus on how to play waltzes, reels and bourrees in a "chord-melody style"--that is, playing melodies & chords together--to create vibrant and striking musical soundscapes!

Shaker Songs (Intermediate & up) - Neal
The Shakers, a religious sect that established 18 once-thriving utopian communities from Kentucky to Maine, considered music to be essential to spiritual experience. Learn several beautiful Shaker tunes.

Session 3 Descriptions:

D-A-D: Building on the Basics (Novice/Beginner)
DAD is a popular dulcimer tuning because of its flexibility and versatility: it's easy to get started, but it also has lots of room for growing beyond the musical basics. We'll review any DAD basics that aren't clear. But mostly we'll explore some next steps that can help you tap into DAD's potential.

Super Hits from the Super 70s! (Intermediate) - Janet
Who knew some of the greatest pop hits of the 70s would sound so good backed by dulcimer? Get ready to wow your friends with songs by Jackson 5, ABBA, Linda Ronstadt, Eagles and more.

Pick Pick Pick (Int & up) - Erin
This class is all things right hand. We'll talk about choosing the right pick, variations in rhythm, getting good tone, and dynamics and accents. There will be strumming and individual-string flat-picking.

Dulcimer Orchestra Repertoire (All Levels) - Steve
We will build our skills, tackle exciting new repertoire from the Dulcimer Orchestra Library, and learn about building, arranging for and conducting ensembles in our own communities. We will play a Shape- Note Tune (in 3 parts), Bachs Menuet in G (2 parts), and Bononcini Menuet from Erminia (3 parts).


Also don't miss: Youth program with Richard Standard (classroom ) - check out the dulcimers they're making!


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