Class Descriptions

Lee County Gathering Classes:

Joe Collins - Mountain Dulcimer

Friday & Saturday 9:45-11:45 Basic Harmony & Multi-Part Hymn Arrangements (Intermediate & up)
A workshop in playing basic harmonies on the mountain dulcimer. In addition to learning multi-part harmonies to popular hymn tunes, we will investigate how to develop your own harmonies for other songs. To get the most out of this workshop, it is helpful to understand basic chords and have a willingness to experiment. Different songs each day.

Friday, 1:30-2:30 Traditional American Folk Hymns (all levels)
Repertoire workshop of beautiful hymns set to American folk melodies for the mountain dulcimer.

Friday, 2:45-3:45 Irish Sessions (Intermediate & up)
Repertoire workshops of some beloved songs from Ireland. When Irish Eyes Are Weeping – sad, sad songs of tragedy and lost love from the Emerald Isle.

Saturday, 1:30-2:30 Sweet and Gentle Tunes, v. 3 (all levels)
Some songs are meant to be played slowly, especially when they are beautiful. This is a repertoire workshop of those kinds of tunes.

Saturday, 2:45-3:45 Irish Sessions (Intermediate & up)

Bringing Out the Irish in You – unmistakably Irish tunes for toe-tapping and reflection

Amber Rogers – Fiddle & Banjo

Friday & Saturday 9:45-11:45 Fiddle
Irish Sessions, jigs, reels, polkas and a few waltzes mixed in! Same class both days, different music.

Friday & Saturday 1:30-2:30 Banjo
 
The songs of the carter family. Same class both days, different music.

Bob Taunton – Bass & Music Theory

Friday & Saturday 1:30-2:30 Playing Bass
Nothing adds as much to a string instrument ensemble as a bass instrument.  Be it upright bass, bass guitar, bass dulcimer, or bass box – the sweet and low rhythm of the bass keeps the group together and provides a harmony foundation for the music. Trouble is, there is hardly ever any notation or tab for the bass.  In our “Playing Bass” class we will discover how to interpret the music and provide the bass back-up for old-time music.  Look for and “feel” chord changes, identify where desirable chords are located on the fingerboard, and provide an accompaniment for any tune.  Learn to make-up your music in real time. If you have a bass instrument, bring it.  Failing that, we can teach the principles on a standard dulcimer or guitar.  

Saturday, 8:30-9:30 Music Theory
Ever wanted to write your own tab, know how various keys are formed, transpose a tune to another key to make it easier to sing, understand chord changes, or know how harmony works?
The “Music Theory” class covers all that; and gives you a new understanding of music that will make your playing more enjoyable and professional.  For the uninitiated, music can be a big and intimidating mystery.  Fortunately, there are one or two simple formulas that make it all easier to understand. This class is full of laughs and surprises.  Taking “Music Theory” is like taking sour medicine… you will feel better. 

Bill King – Story Telling & Guitar

Friday & Saturday 1:30-2:30 Guitar Class
Learn the basics of guitar playing including how to hold the guitar, how to tune, chord structure and keys, notes on the neck, and different styles of playing.  Learn about different kinds of guitars and how to choose one that best fits you.  
   
Friday & Saturday 2:45-3:45 Story Telling Class
Learn the basics of story-telling.  Learn where to find stories and how to craft your own.  Different kinds of stories examined and illustrated. 

Carol Stober – Autoharp

Friday 9:45-11:45 COWBOY SONGS FOR AUTOHARP   (2 hours)
This class is recommended to anyone of any skill level from basic beginner rhythm playing to more advanced melody playing.  Drift back in time singing and playing Cowboy Oldies to get in the spirit of the wild west cowboys around an evening campfire.  Cowboy hat or boots not required!

Friday 2:45-3:45 AUTOHARP BLUEGRASS    (1 hour)
A workable approach to bluegrass and up-to-speed fiddle tunes by learning and understanding the differences between playing techniques used on chromatic and diatonic autoharps as well as playing melody instrumental breaks on the autoharp.

 
Saturday 9:45-11:45 APPALACHIAN FOLK SONGS   (2 hours)
Learn how to play by ear or follow lead sheets.  Carol’s introduction to autoharp was in the Appalachian hills and hollars while living in Kentucky and attending music festivals during the 1970’s listening to old mountain tunes, folk songs, Carter family favorites and musicians such as Jean Ritchie, et al.  By learning and singing and playing these lovely or sad story songs on autoharp we can pass onto future generations a glimpse of their past heritage.
 
Saturday 2:45-3:45 LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC   (1 hour)
Using handouts of several tunes from Carol’s Latin American Autoharp Book and depending on the student level of playing we will attempt to play chords and/or melody and sing favorite songs from Mexico and other Latin American countries.

Note: Handouts of needed music or instructions will be provided for you in classes.  If possible, bring your “tuned autoharp” to workshops.  If you need help tuning try to see Carol in advance of the workshop for getting your instrument tuned.  If possible, please bring a music stand to class.

Jim Miller – Hammered Dulcimer & Mandolin

Friday & Saturday 8:30-9:30 Beginning Hammered Dulcimer For Beginners (1 hour)
Covers major/minor scales and major/minor chords. Includes hammer patterns for practicing both scales and chords. Several simple tunes will be taught.

Friday 9:45-11:45 Hymns for Hammered Dulcimer All levels
Covers hymns whose melodies are in the public domain. Basic melodies and embellishments are taught.
Friday 1:30-2:30 Beginning Mandolin/ Old Time Mandolin - Covers chords, scales, pick technique, and several simple melodies. Beginning to Intermediate techniques & tunes found in Old Time music.

Saturday 9:45-11:45   Fiddle Tunes for Hammered Dulcimer - All levels
Common and not so common fiddle tunes taught with basic melody and embellishments.
    
Saturday 1:30-2:30 Celtic Mandolin - Intermediate to Advance
Covers pick technique, rhythms, and melody for several common jigs, reels, and hornpipes.

Dottie Shepherd – Mountain Dulcimer

Friday 8:30 - 9:30 (1hour) - Mountain Dulcimer - Beginner Part 1
If you’ve just bought a dulcimer but don’t know where to begin or just need to brush up on the basics, this class is for you. You will learn all about the instrument; how to tune it, strumming, playing melodies and chords.

Friday 9:45 - 11:45 (2 hours) - Mountain Dulcimer - Play/Sing Doo Wop Songs - Advanced Beginner - Intermediate   Part 1
Learn four chords that changed the history of popular music in the 1950’s. You’ll be amazed at how many songs incorporate these chord combinations. You’ll learn some memorable songs that are fun to sing and play!

Saturday 8:30 - 9:30 (1hour) - Mountain Dulcimer – Beginner Part 2
If you’ve just bought a dulcimer but don’t know where to begin or just need to brush up on the basics, this class is for you.
You will learn all about the instrument; how to tune it, strumming, playing melodies and chords.

Saturday 9:45 - 11:45 (2 hours) - Mountain Dulcimer - Play/Sing Doo Wop Songs - Advanced Beginner - Intermediate Part 2
Learn four chords that changed the history of popular music in the 1950’s. You’ll be amazed at how many songs
incorporate these chord combinations. You’ll learn some memorable songs that are fun to sing and play!

Danny Shepherd -- Ukulele & Percussion

Friday 1:30 - 2:30 (1hour) - Ukulele - Advanced Beginner - Intermediate Part 1
Ukulele class for those already playing songs using C, F, and G chords. You will learn more chords, songs, strums,
Finger picking, and how to read melody.

Friday 2:45 - 3:45 (1hour) - Folk Percussion - All Level Part 1
Play some fun percussion instruments and improve your rhythm skills. You'll play spoons, washboard, body percussion,
bodhran, and other interesting instruments. We'll play along to a variety of musical styles. I will provide percussion
instruments for all.

Saturday 1:30 - 2:30 (1hour) - Ukulele - Advanced Beginner - Intermediate Part 2
Ukulele class for those already playing songs in several keys. You will learn more chords, songs, scales, moveable
chord forms, and simple chord melodies. 

Saturday 2:45 - 3:45 (1hour) - Folk Percussion - All Level Part 2
Play some fun percussion instruments and improve your rhythm skills. You'll play spoons, washboard, body
percussion, bodhran, and other interesting instruments. We'll play along to a variety of musical styles. I will
provide percussion instruments for all.

Tom Spicer – Harmonica

Friday & Saturday 8:30 – 9:30 - Beginner to Intermediate
Learn techniques on harmonica to make your playing fun.

Friday & Saturday 2:45 – 3:45 – Intermediate to Advanced
Performing with the harmonica, adding embellishments to performances, etc.

Ernestine Robinson – Singing Lessons & Negro Spirituals

Saturday 12:30-1:15 Singing A Capella with Miss Ernestine Robinson (a whole group lesson from the pavilion) as Miss Ernestine leads us in traditional spirituals as only she can teach them.
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