Detailed Workshop Information

Jam at Voigt Music Store 34 S Main St., Janesville, WI 53546

Dinner on your own. Jam runs from 6-8 PM

Parking for June 2017 Workshop

Workshop at Voigt Music Store, 34 S Main St., Janesville, WI. The day begins at 9 AM includes 4 workshops, open mic &/or jam time & concert. Box lunch will be $10 order ahead (vegan choice) or bring your own.  Early registration will receive a discount.

Class Descriptions

Bing Futch Mountain Dulcimer, Ukulele, and Native American Flute

Mountain Dulcimer Delta Blues (All Skill Levels)

2016 International Blues Challenge Finalist Bing Futch offers up this fun and fascinating class on playing authentic Mississippi Delta Blues on the mountain dulcimer.  Three chords and heartbeat rhythms lead to us adding layer upon layer of new elements, all while strumming and playing the blues! Bing won the “Best Guitarist” award in the solo-duo category at the International Blues Challenge while playing the mountain dulcimer!

Ukulele Disney (All Levels)

Take notes as I show you how to play some of the most magical Disney songs ever written.  Easy accompaniment to timeless tunes like “The Bare Necessities”, “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “The Circle Of Life.”  Bring your mouse ears, your ukulele and note-taking tools as we analyze and demystify the magic of Disney music!

Mountain Dulcimer – The Bridge To Better (Beginner/Intermediate)

So, you’ve been playing for a little while but feel stuck in a rut? Can’t seem to get past the plateau and you just want to pick up a few new skills?  Then, this is the class for you!  I’ll share with you some secrets of the mountain dulcimer, like boxes and selective strumming, chording and flatpicking will also be covered.  Upgrade your ability, take this class!

Learning To Play Native American Flute (Beginner – Advanced ish)

This beautiful, haunting and expressive instrument dates back 4000 years on the North American continent.  Originally used in courtship and later in ceremonies and, more recently, ensemble performance, the Native American flute now enjoys great popularity in all types of music.  You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to play!  In this workshop, you’ll learn basics: flute anatomy, how to hold it, breath control, major and minor scales, ornamentation techniques and how to discover your very own spirit song.  If you don’t have a flute, I will have a limited supply of loaners that are also available for purchase.  Key does not matter if you are Performing For Others

Playing your instrument is one thing.  Playing in front of people is a whole other matter entirely.  Add to that a set-list designed to entertain, stage business and poise, mindful dynamics and an unpredictable audience.  If this gives you the butterflies just reading the description, then join us for a fun and encouraging introduction to live performance.  This workshop is designed to get you prepared for taking your show to the people, from repertoire and rehearsals to a well-defined check list of things to handle and be aware of, like how to gauge audience response and adjust your show, dealing with distractions, tuning issues, working with amplification, building self-assurance and handling not only those aforementioned butterflies, but hecklers as well.  Whether it’s bedside in a medical or assisted living facility, in the church, at the park, or the fair, in a pub or a club, on open stage at a festival, under the hot lights somewhere in a music hall or even simply presenting your music on YouTube, come see why this is one of the more popular workshops that Bing teaches!  All instruments welcome!  to bring your own.

Stephen Seifert Mountain Dulcimer and Penny Whistle

Alternate Tunings for Mountain DulcimerIntermediate and Up

If you normally groan when a teacher asks you to go to a different tuning, please consider taking this class. I’m going to show a number of useful and beautiful tunings. We’ll use tablature. You’ll discover how the tuning provides the entertainment value for arrangements that don’t need to be more than simple.

Shortcuts for BeginnersBeginner

I’m going to bring everything I can to encourage and move you along towards playing confidently and having fun. I believe beginners are often unnecessarily saddled with complex music and techniques. I’m going to give you what I consider to be the best stuff for making interesting, listenable music. We’ll cover reading and learning music, strumming, fingering, and more.

Whistle 101All Levels

This is a survey class for all levels. I’ve been playing whistle since I was 16. I’m going to share with you all the good stuff including how to get good tone, playing in multiple keys, Irish styles and ornaments, and other goodies. If you want to play along, you’ll need a D whistle.

Getting Better at Flatpicking and FingerpickingIntermediate and Up

Rather than work on whole songs, we’ll work through a bunch of examples for each technique. I’m going to share with you all the little tips that help you sound and feel better.

Rick Thum Ukulele, Hammer Dulcimer

Learning to Strum the Ukulele Beginners

Uke strumming:  Learn the basics of how to strum and create good rhythm.  We will explore several different patterns and timings and will show you the easy way to make it happen.

Hammer Dulcimer I Embellishing from the Melody Note.All Levels

Embellishing from the Melody Note:  Adv and up,  This class is the “Holy Grail” of dulcimer playing.  I have devised a system of finding my embellishments by just knowing WHERE my melody note is.  No names needed.  This allows me to embellish songs on the first time playing them and allows me to change it up every time I play it.  No more memorizing arrangements, make it up as you go. This allows me to play with more confidence and more creativity.  See you in class.

Hammer Dulcimer II

Learn Shenandoah and the skill of how much embellishment should be used and how to find it.

Hammer Dulcimer III Alternative class for Folk Guitar

Learn and apply the rules for embellishment to Christmas Songs.

Greg Smith (a Janesville musician)

Folk Guitar 

We will learn how to know what chords to use and how to hear them in a jam session.  We will also explore several picking patterns used in the folk world.