Dulcimer School Set For Oct. 13

Monday, October 1, 2012

Stephen Seifert will be teaching and performing with Erin and Amber Rogers, known as Scenic Roots, in a Dulcimer School on Oct. 13 at the Mountain Arts Community Center. 


10-11 a.m. Session 1

Fiddle with Amber Rogers - Crooked Old Time Tunes.  Many old-time tunes have extra beats or measures, making them feel "crooked."  They are fun and interesting to play, but hard to count.  It will be taught by ear, in the traditional old-time way.

Beginning Mountain Dulcimer with Erin Rogers - Chording and Strumming - Learn the basics needed to know for playing along with other people.  Learn simple chords on the dulcimer and how to know what chord to play, as well as different strum patterns and right hand techniques to make chording along more fun.

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer with Stephen Seifert - Pig Ankle Rag - The Pig Ankle Cabaret was one of the earliest clubs in New Orleans jazz musicians remember playing at. All sorts of great jazz, old-time, and bluegrass musicians have played this tune over the last 100 years. Every note of it fits perfectly on the dulcimer.  It’s just the piece for folks who want to improve their strum especially when it comes to swing and syncopation.

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.- Session 2

Hammered Dulcimer with Amber Rogers - Plucking - A fun study of plucking the dulcimer. Who needs hammers anyway? Participants will learn a Japanese folk song, "Sakura" and will also work on playing melodies with one hammer and plucking chords in the background.

Beginning Mountain Dulcimer with Stephen Seifert - Learn Like Great Grandpa Did  - Train to read hands just like some people read sheet music including a handful of tunes and melodic/chordal fragments. Will dispel a number of destructive myths and also show how to start making up music of your own.

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer with Erin Rogers - Flatpicking Fiddl Tunes - Capo required.  Learn to get off the melody string and use all of your strings for playing melodies.  Participants will learn a couple of tunes, plus tips for increasing speed and accuracy when flatpicking.

12:15-1:45 p.m.- Lunch Break (No food available to purchase on-site but there's a bunch of restaurants in the area.) 

1:45-2:45 p.m.- Session 3

Hammered Dulcimer with Amber Rogers - Transmogrifying a Tune -  Morphing between genres, like old-time, bluegrass, and Irish. How to take a few well-known tunes and "translate" them into the different genres. For Irish music, participants will learn a few traditional ornaments; for old time, work on the dance drive; and for bluegrass, look at basic improvisation.

All Levels Mountain Dulcimer Duet Workshop with Erin Rogers and Stephen Seifert - Dulcimer Duets - Erin and Steve will use a couple tunes to show both beginner and intermediate players how to function as a duet. Topics will include backup chording, chops chords, bass lines, harmonies, and unison melodies.

3:15-4:45 p.m. - Concert

Erin and Steve will kick off the show with a bunch of duets. Most of the rest of the show will be Erin and Amber. Expect a surprise or two. 


Workshop sessions are $15 each. Concert tickets are $10 for individuals and $25 for households of three or more. Pay by cash, check, or credit card at the event.


Concert and workshops take place at the Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave, Signal Mountain. Visit their website to learn more about the venue. 

Workshop questions should be directed towards Stephen Seifert and Scenic Roots. All other questions, please contact the Mountain Arts Community Center at 886-1959.

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