Bing Futch

Thursday 2-9-2023

Class #1E 1:00 – 2:15 MD Intermediate       

A Simple Way to Play D, G, and A

Bring your capo and learn a sweet trick that will get you playing hundreds of tunes easily in three different keys! Then, once we practice a bit using “Hangman’s Reel” a an exercise, we discover the source of the magic using scales to figure out options for melody and harmony.

Class #2E 2:30 – 3:45 MD Intermediate       

Breathing New Life Into A Tune

Would you like to take a simple tune and make it into something that is truly a living, breathing creation? I’ll show you the steps to take when fleshing out a piece, fro adding rhythm and snap to expanding upon the melody and throwing in some chord back-up. For this exercise, we’ll use the great ol’ tune :Down The River I Go Joe”.

Friday 2-10-2023

Class #3D 9:00 – 10:15 MD Intermediate

Powerful Tools for Your Toolkit

Once you learn to play a song on the mountain dulcimer, the next step is to play it with feeling and expression. Here, we learn to use a number of techniques called “embellishments”” that add a little more “human” voice, and then explore hammer-one’s and pull-offs, bends and bass lines, plus a quick look at creating intros and outcrops on the fly.

Class #5E 1:00 – 2:15 MD Intermediate

How One Little Fret Will Change Your Life

More and more players are adding the 1+ and 8+ frets to their dulcimers and loving it! In this workshop, you’ll discover how these frets can be useful for not. Only playing tunes, but also understanding the basics of music theory. Includes a spin through a couple of really cool tunes that really take advantage of those extra frets.

Saturday 2-11-2023

Class #8F 9:00 – 10:15 MD Advance

Create Arrangements Using Only a Melody

Whether you’re writing a song or creating an arrangement of a tune, everything you need to know is right there in the melody itself. This workshop demonstrates how to take a melody and figure out essential info like key signature, time signature, backing chords and overall rhythmic feel. Learn how to read and create lead sheets, discover visual patterns to help guide the tune and add a little extra spice to pull it all together

Class #11E 2:30 – 3:45 MD Intermediate

Key Changes Made Easy!

Key changes are an exciting element of music and you don’t need a chromatic instrument to make them happen! Taking a simple tune in one key and then switching keys somewhere in the song is a fabulous way of adding depth, complexity and emotion to your playing. We’ll look at the so-called “truck-driver modulation” and the “parallel modulation”, but will focus mainly on the stealthy “pivot chord modulation” for changing keys mid-song. You will need a 1+ fret for this workshop and a capo!

Class #12E 4:00 – 5:15 MD Intermediate

Picking Your Destiny

It all starts easy enough, with careful consideration of which picks we should use for what kind of playing (this includes fingerpicks, so please invest in a set!) and then goes crazy from there. We’ll work on left-hand exercises in cross-picking and flat-picking, drilling the scales and doubling the melodies. There will be some fiddle tunes with all the notes left in, but it’ll be easy once I show the “the trick.”