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Workshop Videos & Handouts


Hello, students! You are welcome to order any of the following Zoom workshop videos and handouts.
Below is the list and ordering instructions. Enjoy!


Aubrey’s workshop videos and handouts for the QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival 2.0
August 28th & 29th, 2020

All QDF 2.0 hour-long videos are $5 each and accompanying handouts are $5 per set.


FRIDAY, August 28, 2020 QDF 2.0 Workshops

QDF 2.0, Fri., Session 2: Diving Deep with One Song: The Blackest Crow: It is easy to spend a full workshop examining this beautiful traditional song that has many variants. Deciding key and tuning, chording, fingerpicking patterns for 3- or 4-equally distant strings, singing, fingerpicking melody, using the dulcimer as a harmony voice, identifying melodic structure, drilling difficult parts, and discussing the song’s historical back story will all be covered in this exciting session! (Upper Intermediate) video $5, handouts $5

QDF 2.0, Fri., Session 3: Tunings, Keys, and Modes: Explore an intuitive way of understanding the distinctions among tunings, keys, and modes on the mountain dulcimer. Aubrey will use four songs to illustrate her points, harkening back to Jean Richie’s folk style of playing the dulcimer and address, in a “lay person” way, concepts such as diatonic, chromatic, gapped scales, and solfege. (Advanced) video $5, handouts $5

QDF 2.0, Fri., Session 4: Mining the Archives: Songs of Jean Ritchie and more: Explore Ritchie Family and other song archives readily available online and navigate how to learn these delightful songs on the mountain dulcimer. (Intermediate) video $5, handouts $5

QDF 2.0, Fri., Session 6: Coping in a Jam Session: What is a jam session and how do we participate? What is the culture or etiquette? Are there different kinds of jams? How do we deal with key changes? Should we develop a repertoire of common pieces to better speak the “language”? Do we play along with melodies or use back up chords? Tuned to D-A-D, we will address these issues and more! Bring a capo and questions that have been stumping you all these years. (Intermediate) video $5, handouts $5

QDF 2.0, Fri., Session 7: Chording and Singing Ballads: Participants will learn a variety of chords in DAD and address how to sing and play at the same time! Aubrey will choose from some of her favorite traditional story songs. (Intermediate) video $5, handouts $5

QDF 2.0, Fri., Session 8: Fingerpicking Patterns and Styles: Aubrey will present fingerpicking patterns in ¾ and 4/4 time for song accompaniment as well as technique for fingerpicking the melody as an instrumental. Bring fingerpicks or just your fingers! (Novice) video $5, handouts $5


SATURDAY, August 29, 2020 QDF 2.0 Workshops

QDF 2.0, Sat, Session 1: The Slap Strum and Other Percussive Techniques: Learn Aubrey's percussive slap strum and other rhythmic tricks and patterns including additional ways to mute strings, syncopation, and the "air" strum. The popular, Spanish Lady, will be one of the pieces we play! (Advanced) video $5, handouts $5

QDF 2.0, Sat, Session 2: Songs of Jean Ritchie: A delightful repertoire workshop with songs Aubrey has learned through her long contact with Jean Ritchie. We’ll talk a bit about the life and work of Jean and address the traditional style of playing with the noter as well as easily playing in different tunings. (Novice) video $5, handouts $5

QDF 2.0, Sat., Session 3: Chording the Melody: Aubrey will present pieces in DAD in which we play chords in various positions to express the melody. (Intermediate) video $5, handouts $5

QDF 2.0, Sat, Session  5: Exploring Four Equally-Distant Strings: Separate your two melody strings--which adds another drone--and create new chord flavors. You can do this with songs you already play! Aubrey will discuss getting your feet wet with the four-string configuration and present a few songs normally tabbed out for three strings as well as a piece or two with strings tuned additional ways. (Upper Intermediate) video $5, handouts $5

QDF 2.0, Sat, Session 8: Feisty Women!: In this fun and raucous repertoire workshop, we'll learn traditional story songs about women warriors who wear disguises, outwit the devil, hold out for true love, or otherwise state their needs! (Intermediate) video $5, handouts $5


Aubrey’s workshop videos and handouts for the QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival
June 5th and 6th, 2020
All QDF hour-long videos are $5 each and accompanying handouts are $5 per set.


FRIDAY, June 5, 2020 QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival Workshops
Note: The Friday videos don't have as large a VIEW as the Saturday videos. Took me a day to figure that out... sorry!

QDF Fri., Session 1: Fingerpicking for the First Time: Aubrey presents simple fingerpicking patterns in ¾ and 4/4 time for song accompaniment as well as an introduction to fingerpicking the melody as an instrumental. Bring fingerpicks or just your fingers! (Beginner/Advanced Beginner) video $5, handouts $5

QDF Fri., Session 2: Chording the Melody: Aubrey presents pieces in DAD, such as the Shaker hymn, The Willow Tree, and plays chords in various positions to bring out the melody. (Intermediate and up) video $5, handouts $5

QDF Fri., Session 3: Easy-Peasy Four Equally-Distant Strings: Separate your two melody strings--which adds another drone--and create new chord flavors. You can do this with songs you already play! Aubrey discusses getting your feet wet with the four-string configuration and presents a few songs normally tabbed out for three strings. lt’s an easy transition! (Intermediate and up) video $5, handouts $5

QDF Fri., Session 5: Songs of Jean Ritchie and the Ritchie Family: A delightful repertoire workshop using four songs Aubrey has learned over the years through her contact with Jean Ritchie and other Ritchie family members. Workshop focuses on the traditional style of playing with the noter and playing in different tunings. Aubrey also touches on using the dulcimer as a harmony voice, arrangement, and crooked rhythm. (Intermediate and up) video $5, handouts $5

QDF Fri., Session 6: Reverse Tunings!: What is a reverse dulcimer tuning and why use one? Come find out! Aubrey presents songs in Reverse Ionian, Aeolian, Mixolydian, and Dorian. You’ll be surprised at how interesting, beautiful-sounding, and easy it is to get started! (Intermediate and up) video $5, handouts $5

QDF Fri., Session 7: Flowing Fingerstyles: Participants learn fingerpicking patterns in 3/4 and 4/4 for vocal accompaniment as well methods and embellishments for fingerpicking instrumental melodies. (Intermediate and up) video $5, handouts $5

QDF Fri., Session 8: Tunings, Keys, and Modes: Explore an intuitive way of understanding the distinctions among tunings, keys, and modes on the mountain dulcimer. Aubrey uses four songs to illustrate her points, harkening back to Jean Richie and the Ritchie Family’s folk style of playing the dulcimer and address, in a “lay person” way, concepts such as diatonic, chromatic, gapped scales, and solfege. (Intermediate and up) video $5, handouts $5

QDF Fri., Session 9: Songs of Jean Ritchie and the Ritchie Family: A delightful repertoire workshop using four songs Aubrey has learned over the years through her contact with Jean Ritchie and other Ritchie family members. Workshop focuses on the traditional style of playing with the noter and easily playing in different tunings. (Beginner/Advanced Beginner) video $5, handouts $5


SATURDAY, June 6, 2020 QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival Workshops

QDF Sat., Session 1: The "Slap Strum" and other Fascinating Rhythms: Learn Aubrey's percussive slap strum as well as other rhythmic tricks and patterns including more ways to mute strings, "train-like riffs," and the "air" strum. Aubrey presents several pieces including, The Spanish Lady and a variant of Reuben’s Train, 900 Miles. (Intermediate and up) video $5, handouts $5

QDF Sat., Session 2: Chording and Singing at the Same Time!: Participants learn basic chords in 1-2 easy tunings and how to sing and play several songs! We also talk about the keys best for YOUR voice. (Advanced Beg) video $5, handouts $5

QDF Sat., Session 3: Coping in a Jam Session: What is a jam session and how do we participate? What is the culture or etiquette? Are there different kinds of jams? How do we deal with key changes? Should we develop a repertoire of common tunes and songs to better speak the “language”? Do we play along with the melodies or use back up chords? Tuned to D-A-D, we address these issues and more! (Advanced Beginner/Intermediate and up) video $5, handouts $5

QDF Sat., Session 4: Religious Songs: Drawing from a variety of sources in American folk music, Aubrey presents a Shaker Hymn, a minstrel-era song called “Angel Gabriel,” the exquisite “Resignation (My Shepherd Shall Supply My Need),” and the well-known “Angel Band.” You’ll need a capo for one of the songs! (Intermediate and up) video $5, handouts $5

QDF Sat., Session 6: Songs of the Sea: Aubrey, an Ocean State native, presents traditional seafaring songs each in its own way beautiful, playful, tragic, or joyous. You will need a capo for one of the songs. (Intermediate and up) video $5, handouts $5

QDF Sat., Session 7: Chording and Singing, gasp, at the Same Time!: Participants learn basic chords in DAD and how to sing and play some verrrrry simple songs! We also talk about the keys best for YOUR voice. (Beginner/Advanced Beginner) video $5, handouts $5

QDF Sat., Session 8: Diving Deep with One Song: Spanish Lady: It is easy to spend a full workshop examining and learning this fascinating, beautiful traditional Irish song. Chording, slap strumming and other rhythmic techniques, singing, crooked rhythm and the song’s historical back story are all be covered in this exciting session! (Intermediate and up) video $5, handouts $5

QDF Sat., Session 9, 7 pm: Mining the Archives: Songs of Jean Ritchie and more: Explore Ritchie Family and other song archives readily available online and navigate how to learn these delightful songs on the mountain dulcimer. (Intermediate and up) video $5, handouts $5


Aubrey & Elwood’s Workshop Videos and Handouts for The Dutchland DulciZOOM Gathering
July 10th and 11th, 2020
All DDG 90 minute workshop videos are $5 each, accompanying handouts are $5 for each set.


Aubrey’s DDG Workshops

DDG Aubrey Session 1, Fri., July 10th: Songs of the Sea
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Description: Aubrey, an Ocean State native, presents traditional seafaring songs — each in its own way beautiful, playful, tragic, or joyous. You will need a capo for one of the songs. video $5, handouts $5

DDG Aubrey Session 2, Fri., July 10th : Using the Capo on the Mountain Dulcimer
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Description: What an interesting and strange thing to do on a dulcimer! Aubrey discusses what capoing means on the dulcimer and how it differs from the guitar or banjo. The class experiments and runs through a few songs and tunes using the capo. video $5, handouts $5

DDG Aubrey Session 3, Fri., July 10th: Reverse Tunings
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Description: What is a reverse dulcimer tuning and why use one? Come find out! Aubrey presents songs in Reverse Ionian, Aeolian, Mixolydian, and Dorian. You’ll be surprised at how interesting, great-sounding, and easy it is! video $5, handouts $5

DDG Aubrey Session 5, Sat., July 11th: Chording and Singing Ballads
Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Description: Participants learn basic chords for the DAD Mixolydian tuning and how to sing and play at the same time! Aubrey chooses from some of her favorite traditional ballads. video $5, handouts $5

DDG Aubrey Session 6, Sat., July 11th: Flatfoot Clogging
Level: Everyone is welcome—great for all ages!
Description: Clogging is a percussive form of dance that precedes tap dancing, with rhythmic tapping of the feet, traditionally danced to old-time fiddle tunes. Aubrey teaches simple clogging (also known as flatfooting, jigdancing, or buckdancing) steps learned from the masters in Kentucky and North Carolina. We also watch a few videos and discuss the presence of percussive dance around the world. video $5, handouts $5

DDG Aubrey Session 7, Sat., July 11th: Improvising on the Mountain Dulcimer
Level: All Levels
Description: Related to playing by ear, learn to play along with the group in an informal, loosely structured manner. The workshop discusses how to improvise with chords, lead and bass note playing and will articulate some of the tricks and structure behind what appears to be pure artistic “happening.” video $5, handouts $5


Elwood’s DDG Workshops

DDG Elwood Session 1, Fri., July 10th, Playing in DAA
Level: Beginner – Early Intermediate
Description: Learn some songs in this Ionian tuning. Noting, strumming and fingerpicking patterns will be studied while adding songs to your repertoire. video $5, handouts $5

DDG Elwood Session 2, Fri., July 10th, Using the Noter
Level: All Levels
Description: Participants will learn how to play the mountain dulcimer in D-A-dd 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 while building a song and tune repertoire. video $5, handouts $5

DDG Elwood Session 3, Fri., July 10th, Coping in a Jam Session
Level: Early Intermediate – Intermediate
Description: Learn to play in different keys on the mountain dulcimer (tuned to D-A-dd) by using simple I, IV, V chord progressions, as well as by retuning and applying a capo. The class will do some experimenting while learning songs and tunes. Bring a capo. video $5, handouts $5

DDG Elwood Session 5, Sat., July 11th, Fingerpicking for the First Time
Level: Beginner – Early Intermediate
Description: Elwood will provide a framework for finger-picking simple tunes on the mountain dulcimer in D-A-dd. Participants will learn basic patterns for vocal accompaniment as well as methods for finger-picking in common and ¾ time signatures. video $5, handouts $5

DDG Elwood, Session 6, Sat., July 11th, Write Your Own Tablature in DAD
Level: All Levels
Description: If you ever wanted to uncover the mystery of tabbing your favorite songs, this workshop is designed to teach just that. We will first tab out the melody of a song, then determine the main chords and their positions. Finally, we will turn each note into its own special chord until the song is completely tabbed to our pleasing. video $5, handouts $5

DDG Elwood Session 7, Sat., July 11th, Songs of the Carter Family in DAD
Level: Beginner – Early Intermediate
Description: Discover the wonders of this early pioneering American country music group whose songs have bewitched music fans and players for decades. Using songs from Elwood’s songbook, Such Singing You Will Hear, participants will use the noting stick, chords and finger-picking styles to build a repertoire of these glorious songs. video $5, handouts $5


Additional Workshop Videos and Handouts With Aubrey

June 29, 2020, Expanding your Repertoire: Mountain Dulcimer Workshop, Intermediate Level; 2 ½ hours; 9 songs; $10 video, $10 set of handouts.
Skills Covered:
using 3- vs. 4-string configurations; song arrangement; singing and playing; discussing best key for voice; tunings, keys, and modes; exploring archives/traditional songs; developing harmony vocally or instrumentally.
Songs: Kitty Alone; Abolitionist Hymn; Block Island Song; The Single Sailor; Where Have All the Flowers Gone; The Conscript's Departure; Resignation; Willie O' Winsbury; Hush Be Still

July 28 & August 4, 2020, The Life, Work, and Songs of Jean Ritchie: Intermediate Level; 4 hours total; 10 songs; videos $15; handouts $15.
Skills Covered:
singing and playing; best key for voice; tunings (including reverse tunings), keys and modes; chording; fingering for both hands; fingerpicking; strumming; playing with the noter; 3- vs. 4-string configurations; pros and cons of the double string; using the capo; song arrangement; dulcimer as a harmony voice; exploring archives.
Songs: The Old Woman and the Pig; Mornin' Come, Mariah's Gone; Loving Hannah; Black Waters; Sister Sally; One I Love; Dabbling in the Dew; Pretty Saro; Over The River to Feed My Sheep; The World Is Old Tonight

August 11, 2020: Fingerpicking Patterns and Styles: Intermediate level; 2 hours; $10 video, $5 handouts.
Fingerpicking patterns in ¾ and 4/4 time for song accompaniment, technique for fingerpicking the melody as an instrumental, and patterns for both 3- and 4-string configurations. Bring fingerpicks or just your fingers!

August 18, 2020: Chording the Melody: Intermediate level; 2 hours; $10 video, $5 handouts.
We cover pieces in DAD in which we play chords in various positions to express the melody.

August 21, 2020: The Slap Strum and Other Percussive Techniques: Intermediate level; 2 hours; $10 video, $5 handouts.
Learn Aubrey’s percussive slap strum and other rhythmic tricks and patterns including additional ways to mute strings, syncopation, and the "air" strum.

September 18 & 25, 2020: Exploring Traditional Ballads: Intermediate level, 4 hours; $20 videos, $10 handouts.
An exploration of traditional American and Anglo/Celtic story songs that can be played on the mountain dulcimer as well as other instruments. In addition to being a repertoire workshop, we explore cultural history and backstories of the songs, where and how they were collected, and how to interpret them for our modern ears, hearts, and minds. We touch on themes of societal boundaries, gender roles, forbidden love, broken tokens, women warriors, the devil, cautionary songs, and stories that end well! A total of 12 songs are presented as well as archives, video clips, and some of Aubrey's short Ozark Highlands Radio segments.

 

Ordering Instructions
Videos and handouts are priced as marked, depending on length of workshop and number of handouts.

  1. 1. Ordering: Please email Aubrey at aubreyfolk@aol.com with the list of videos, handouts, and prices that you wish to order and then pay one of the ways listed below. Please be sure to include the exact, full title of each workshop. THANK YOU!
     
  2. 2. Payment:
         Check: made paya
    ble to Aubrey Atwater Donnelly, 20 Campbell St., Warren, RI 02885
         Venmo: username Aubrey-Atwater-1
         Paypal: visit www.paypal.com and send money to aubreyfolk@aol.com
         PaypalMe: paypal.me/AubreyElwood
     
  3. 3. Receive Files: Once we have received your order and payment, we send the files via DropBox and/or email attachment. You do not need to have a DropBox account or password to access these files. You will be able to view them indefinitely from the DropBox account, but if you want to be sure to have them in your possession, download them onto your own device.
     
  4. 4. Questions? Email Aubrey at aubreyfolk@aol.com any time with questions!


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