Marsha Harris

Thursday 2-9-2023

Class #1O 1:00 – 2:15 NAF

Beginner NAF

The attraction of peaceful and captivating sounds from the Native American flute provide personal expression to improvise and compose music. You will learn the basic pentatonic scale as well as breathing techniques. An A minor Native American flute is recommended so all can play together. You may bring a personal flute. A minor ABS plastic flutes for $50.o. No rentals are available.

Class #2O 2:30 – 3:45 NAF

Playing with Accompaniment

Novice and Up For the player who desires experience playing with an accompanist. Choosing the flute key and chord progressions for the accompanist to play. Chord progressions, communicating with accompanist, importance of timing and space in your music. Some additional NA flute fingerings to add to the pentatonic scale. An Am, Gm or Em Native American flute may be used.

Friday 2-10-2023

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

Turlough O’Carolan Harp for Mountain Dulcimer

O’Carolan was a blind harpist who played a wire-strung harp. The mountain dulcimer lends itself well to his music. A Couple of his less familiar tunes are explored. The class will involve playing across all strings on your fretboard. DAD, capo, tuner

Class #6B 2:30 – 3:45 MD Novice

No TAB Required

Yes, you can learn to play by ear. Remember you learned “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. Overcome you’re apprehension about playing without tab. Learn tunes by ear, phrase by phrase bay a call and response method. The player need to be familiar with their instrument. A recording device is welcome. DAD tuning, bring Capo.

Class #7C 4:00 – 5:15 MD Intermediate      

Wonderful Songs of Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster are wonderful on the mountain dulcimer. Implement playing across the fretboard from the bass to the melody strings. DAD tuning, capo, tuner

Saturday 2-11-2023

Class #9D 10:30 – 11:45 MD Intermediate

A Taste of World Music

Music heard on nyckelharpa, Hurdy-Gurdy, Kantele, Sarangi are some of the instruments that provide a wonderful addition of tunes for the mountain dulcimer. A taste of Sweden, France, Finland and Nepal for an appetizer. DAD tuning, capo tuner

Class #10F 1:00 – 2:15 MD Advance

Fun With Old Time Tunes

Stuck in a rut playing the usual dulcimer tunes. Add a couple of not so common, but great fiddle tunes to your repertoire and play in old jams along with banjo, fiddle and guitar players. Music provided for bowed dulcimer and chromatic dulcimer players DAD, capo, tuner

Class #11A 2:30 – 3:45 MD Beginner

Slide Into Playing The Mountain Dulcimer With A Noter

Playing with a noter you Don’t have to worry about playing chords. A noter is a piece of wood that is used to slide over the strings up and down the fretboard. All you need is to play on the melody string. A noter can be a popsicle stick cut to a length to fit comfortably in the hand you are not strumming with, a small diameter dowel or noter made by a woodworker. DAD tuning, noter, tuner

Class #12B 4:00 – 5:15

MD Novice Mountain Dulcimer in DAC

This minor tuning, Aeolian in D, is wonderful to explore on the dulcimer. For example, Wayfaring Stranger is wonderful to play in this tuning. Tune your mountain dulcimer to DAC, C on the melody string. Bring tuner