I'll be teaching 8 workshops at almost all levels on Friday and Saturday October 8-9, and playing a short concert set on one of the concerts. Registration for workshops opens on SEPT 5th at 4pm CST and you can read all about what I, and around 70 other incredibly talented musicians and teachers, are offering.
This festival will be held at the gorgeous YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Fall! This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a safe, in-person festival with incredible teachers and performers. The rooms are large and well ventilated, people need proof of vaccination/a negative covid test to attend, and masks are required in all public areas except while dining.
The North-East Ohio Dulcimer Weekend is an all-day, weekend festival for all levels of hammered dulcimer players led by Mark Alan Wade, Tina Bergmann and Karen Ashbrook. NEO is an ideal setting for hammered dulcimer participants with any level of expertise in each session. There will be helpful handouts, instructional aids, jam sessions, concerts, and more!
Our workshop offerings give direction to your development as musicians in fun and easy ways. We offer three tracks to meet you right where you are in your playing: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. We have strategically chosen repertoire that is both rewarding to learn and that teaches musical concepts appropriate for each level. You’ll have so much fun, you may not even realize you are learning! Using tunes as literature for practice, the workshops will cover topics, such as the following:
Music theory (chords, modes, and harmony) as it applies to the dulcimer and arranging
Technique lessons to help you be able to actually hit the right notes and implement new techniques on the instrument
Embellishing strategies, including rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic embellishments.
Style workshops, like blues, Irish, world, and Appalachian
Understanding the layout and logic of the hammered dulcimer