Class #1H 1:00 -2:15 HD
Using Dynamics and Rhythm
Variations as Embellishments
Embellishments are not
limited to adding notes to the melody, a great deal can be done with dress up
and add feeling and interest with dynamics. Never forget that the HD is a percussion
instrument. Tension that catches the audience’s attention can be created by
adding emphasis in an unexpected place (syncopation) or holding, (or
shortening) a note longer than expected WITHOUT changing the length of the
measure. Both of these techniques can be very effective in creating an
Class #2G 2:30 – 3:45 HD
Avoiding Common Errors
Beginners Tend to Make
We will use practice
exercises, that will establish good habits and hopefully avoid having to
unlearn bad habits.
Friday 2-10, 2023
Class #3C 9:00 – 10:15 MD
Learn to Play Without Tab
Yes you can, really, and it’s
not really that hard once you start listening instead of reading…. We will be
using simple common melodies. We will cover how to figure out where a tune
starts, what the meter is and where it will end. Learn to use ‘wrong notes as a
guide to finding the right one. Learn how to develop your ear so you can play
by ear, working out a tune on the fly.
Class #5H 1:00 – 2:15 HD Intermediate
Playing Jigs with the Correct
Pulse and Timing.
Where the emphasis (pulse) is
placed in Celtic music and especially when playing jigs can either make or
crash a tune. The feel of the music cannot be indicated in the sheet music.
This is why you almost never see paper used in an Irish session. A 6/8 jig is
NOT a fast waltz, nothing like it. We will work on some exercises to develop
Class #6G 2:30 – 3:45 HD Beginner
Introduction to Music,
Scales, Keys, Chords, etc.
Are you brand new to music?
This class is for you. Learn the terminology and basic layout of your
instrument as it applies to the music you want to play.
Class #7G 4:00 – 5:15 HD
Learn a Simple Common Tune
without the music
Advance your understanding of
the architecture of your instrument and the structure of melodies. How to
figure out where the starting notes to use in a particular place and how to
pick which hand with which to hammer.
Class #9A 10:30 – 11:45 MD
Let’s Put the Focus on the
There’s a lot more to the
strum than most beginners realize, they tend to focus on the fretting hand and
ignore the artistic right hand. There is a reason that one frets with the
non-dominant hand. Learn to strum in both directions in a relaxed, comfortable,
and rhythmic manner.
Class #12G 4:00 – 5:15 HD
How and Why You should Jam
Early and Often
A very common mistake people
make is not jamming until they think they can play without error (an
impossibility). Jamming is one of the best ways to learn to hear and develop an
ear for music. One can jam even if all you can do is hammer two notes. You
don’t even have to keep up, as long as you can hit one note in 4 (or more) at
the right time. Typically people who always play alone tend to develop very bad
habits in timing and rhythm, that are very difficult to overcome.