12th Annual Festival Class Descriptions

Rob Angus, Aaron O’Rouke, Lil’Rev & Tom Garrett Class Descriptions

Aaron O’Rouke – Mountain Dulcimer

  1. Fretting Hand Exercises (Novice and Up)In this class, we’ll work through a few exercises to increase dexterity in the fretting hand with an emphasis on playing relaxed. Along the way, we’ll discuss ideas for using these exercises in a musical way and increasing speed. DAD Tuning (Novice and up)
  2. Basic Backup (Novice and Up) There’s more to playing music than just melody. So much about how we perceive a song or tune is based on what happens in the background. In this class, we’ll talk about ways you can add to any jam or ensemble with the basics of playing accompaniment on the mountain dulcimer. DAD tuning
  3. Advanced Flatpicking for Mountain Dulcimer We’ll start this class by quickly reviewing essential flatpicking technique on the mountain dulcimer before exploring ways to add ornaments and picking patterns to make our flatpicked arrangements sound full and exciting. DAD Tuning (Upper Intermediate and Advanced)

Rob Angus– Hammer Dulcimer and Joint Mountain and Hammer Dulcimer

  1. Celtic Class (multi-level, HD & MD) We’ll learn the melody to the beautiful Scottish tune “Wild Mountain Thyme” (also known as “Will Ye Go Lassie Go”). It’s in the key of D and sits comfortably on both mountain and hammered dulcimers. Then, we’ll learn a second part so two instruments can play together in harmony. Then, we’ll learn a third part so three instruments can play together in harmony.
  2. Jamming Together Class (All levels and all instruments) I’ll discuss the different jam etiquettes (old-time and bluegrass) and the basics of jam etiquette in general. I’ll discuss ways to learn tunes so that it is not necessary to have tabs or music for tunes that you play regularly. And, then we’ll do some jamming.
  3. Chords and Chord Substitutions Hammer Only The beautiful hymn “Abide With Me” has a simple melody that is made memorable by some extraordinary chord choices. We’ll learn this tune and also discuss why the chords work so well to complement the melody.

Lil’ Rev–Mountain Dulcimer and Ukuele

  1. Blues in D on The Dulcimer Made Easy (Advanced Beginner level and up) Learn how to boogie-woogie in D on the dulcimer, basic blues progressions, licks and blues repertoire.
  2. Intro to Ukulele Just Getting Started (10 Ukes Provided by Lil’ Rev, or bring your own.) This is for the complete beginner, who’s never played the instrument before… We’ll cover how to hold the instrument, tuning, strumming, basic chords and some fun 2 chord songs to try out.
    Lil Rev is a world renown ukulele master and author of the best selling Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book series {over 400,000 copies sold worldwide). This class is loads of fun and will help the aspiring dulcimer player decide if he or she would like to add another fun and easy instrument to their repertoire.
  3. 12 Essential Ukulele Strums Learn the 12 most important genre strums that every ukulele player ought to know including: blues, rock, calypso, bluegrass, swing, reggae and more. Each style is taught using a simple song example. Open to beginners and intermediate players alike.

Tom Garrett – Banjo, Jaw Harp, Mandolin

  1. Mandolin “Mandolin by Ear” tips, secrets & techniques for playing great mandolin out of your head, not off the sheet.
  2. BanjoYou will learn Virginia Drop Thumb banjo picking. It is a two finger thumb lead style from then Blue Ride Mountains of Southwest Virginia. It is different from the two finger style of Kentucky. It has elements of both three finger picking, and the rhythmic syncopation of clawhammer style, It’s not difficult and yes, it will be by ear.
  3. Jaw Harp The jaw harp is an ancient and exotic sounding background and rhythm instrument. It lends a wonderful and fun sound to any tune. Bring one if you have one, Whitlow Harps are made in Madison, by Robbie Clement and are among the best made. I “may” have and extra one or two. If you can’t find one (do not purchase the Snoopy Harp) Cheap, but unplayable. From the introductory basics to advanced techniques, you will leave making great sounds on your harp.