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Mountain Dulcimer Workshop

UPDATED 3/30/2020
With the increased severity and spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, Blackstone River Theatre must follow local, state and national guidelines and remain closed until further notice. 
There will be NO CLASSES in April, May, or June. We hope to resume our full class schedule in Fall 2020. 

with Aubrey Atwater (intermediate) 
with Elwood Donnelly (TOTAL beginner) and (beginner / advanced beginner)

There will be two dulcimer workshops offered on Saturday, May 2, from 1-4 p.m. (intermediate dulcimer with Aubrey Atwater and TOTAL beginner dulcimer and beginner/advanced beginner with Elwood Donnelly). Minimum of 5 students needed to hold each workshop; maximum of 14 students.
Aubrey's 1-4 p.m. intermediate workshop fee is $30.00.
Elwood's 1-2:15 p.m. TOTAL beginner workshop fee is $15.00.
Elwood's 2:45-4 p.m. beginner/advanced beginner workshop fee is $15.00.
Please hold off on signups or sending payment until the situation clarifies!

The many possibilities of the mountain dulcimer are part of the beauty of this extraordinary Appalachian instrument. Moving at a comfortable pace, the dulcimer will be approached from a variety of angles: singing and playing chords, tunings, using the traditional noter, strumming, fingerpicking, flatpicking, and any other topics that may "happen" as a result of group chemistry and as time allows. (See breakdown of Elwood's classes below!) Participants will leave the class amazed with themselves and full of new ideas. Aubrey and Elwood will be teaching these classes which will be divided into three levels: TOTAL beginner, beginner/advanced beginner, and intermediate. For the TOTAL beginner class, participants need no prior knowledge of reading or playing music! If you can, please bring a dulcimer in good playing condition; otherwise, contact Aubrey about renting at: aubreyfolk@aol.com or by calling (401) 392-1909.

TOTAL BEGINNER DULCIMER CLASS WITH ELWOOD
Bring good working dulcimer, pic and noting stick; some dulcimers, pics and noters will be available to borrow.
• Using the Noter
Participants will learn how to play the mountain dulcimer in D-A-D using the noting stick: one of the most ancient and haunting, yet quite simple, methods of playing. Students will learn how to hold the noter most effectively, as well as a few tricks for ornamentation including sliding, hammering down, and pulling off.

• Chording, strumming, and singing
Participants will learn basic chords for the D-A-D Mixolydian tuning and how to strum accompaning rhythms while singing and playing at the same time! Elwood will choose from some of his favorite traditional ballads.

BEGINNER/ADV. BEGINNER DULCIMER CLASS WITH ELWOOD
Bring good working dulcimer, pic and noting stick; some dulcimers, pics and noters will be available to borrow.
Chording, strumming, and singing
Participants will learn basic chords for the D-A-D Mixolydian tuning and how to strum accompaning rhythms while singing and playing at the same time! Elwood will choose from some of his favorite traditional ballads.
Finger-picking for the first time
Elwood will provide a framework for finger-picking simple tunes on the mountain dulcimer in D-A-D. Participants will learn basic patterns for vocal accompaniment as well as methods for finger-picking in common and ¾ time signatures.

HOW TO REGISTER 
So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold any of our class offerings, BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT AT LEAST 3 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF ANY CLASS (and hopefully sooner!) or we'll need to cancel at that time.
If you are interested in a dulcimer workshop, please:
1. E-mail russell@riverfolk.org to pre-register and then,
2. Put a check payable to Blackstone River Theatre in the mail ASAP to: Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864