This year, due to Covid-19, it is an ONLINE VIRTUAL festival only. NEO is an ideal setting for hammered dulcimer participants with any level of expertise in each session. There will be helpful handouts, instructional aids, a virtual jam, concerts, and more!
The workshop offerings give direction to your development as musicians in fun and easy ways. They 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
Visit the website for more information and to book.