Nov. 9 Bing Futch Concert & Nov. 10 Workshop

This workshop is sponsored by the North Branch School, and is not a Blue Ridge Dulcimer Players Club event.

Bing Futch Concert: Friday, November 9, 2018

        7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
        North Branch School
        221 Mickens Road, Afton, Virginia 22920
(540) 456-8450  (School phone)


Bing Futch Workshops:  Saturday, November 10, 2018

Rockfish Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
5016 Rockfish Valley Highway (VA Rt. 151), Nellysford, VA.
Workshops will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:45 p.m.
There will be a lunch break and short breaks in between sessions

Prices per person: $25 for one workshop; $40 for two; $55 for three; and $70 for all four.

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Bing Futch Workshops

Bing Futch Dulcimer Workshop Schedule

Saturday, November 10, 2018

In the Fellowship Hall of Rockfish Presbyterian Church

5016 Rockfish Valley Highway (VA Route 151), Nellysford, VA 22958

10:00-11:00 – 1st Session: Primal Mountain Dulcimer

Or, as Bill Schilling calls it, “mountain dulcimer Zen.”  This workshop is about getting spirit, mind and body ready to work together for a simple approach to playing mountain dulcimer.  Relaxation and breathing techniques, visualizations and affirmations will be introduced to help conquer fear of public playing as well as develop good playing and practicing habits.  You’ll learn rhythm basics and how to create your own grooves using phonetics.  We’ll also make improvisation (making melodies up on-the-fly) easy to understand and less scary.  Getting out of the way of the music is the key here, and there’s always plenty of smiles and laughter during this wildly refreshing session! (Beginners – Advanced)

12:15-1:15 – 2nd Session: Mountain Dulcimer – Seven Modes for Seven Dulcimers!   (Capo required)

The mountain dulcimer was created as a modal instrument and, in this workshop, we’ll take a grand circle tour through each of them. Yes, there will be re-tuning!  Discover the history of the modes, why we tune to DAD and DAA, hear and play some familiar tunes that were written using the modes and also learn to use a capo (required) for playing in seven different keys without re-tuning.  You’ll be more confident in the jams and know a lot more about your instrument after this one! (Beginners – Advanced)

1:30 – 2:30 – 3rd Session: Mountain Dulcimer – The Bridge to Better

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(Beginner – Intermediate)

2:45 – 3:45 – 4th Session: Mountain Dulcimer – “Ashokan Farewell: A Study in Song”

Jay Ungar’s classic and emotional piece has been captivating folks since 1982 when it was composed and it gained a new generation of appreciative fans when it was featured as the theme song to the 1990 PBS series “The Civil War.”  This lovely tune is quite simple to play and we’ll approach it with a simple arrangement using partial strums in pure chord-melody style.  We’ll also work on smoothing techniques to make this piece sound as sweet as it can! (Beginner – Intermediate)

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