Dulcimer Festivals are such special events as they bring players of all
ability levels together. A good festival has something for everyone. To me this
means a nice mix of repertoire and technique workshops at a variety of playing
Some of the repertoire worshops I have led in the past include: Shape Note
hymns, Breton, Welch, and Manx tunes, tunes from the fife and drum corps
tradition, waltzes, and hornpipes.
Technique workshops, while always illustrating the technique through the
playing of a tune, include the use of the capo, dynamic chordal back-up,
beginning fingerpicking, the one and a half fret, Dac, Dgd and Eaa tunings, and
left hand techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides.
Leading workshops is one of my favorite things and judging by feedback from
workshop participants, I am an engaging and effective teacher. If you are a
festival organizer, please contact me about workshops you would like me to lead
at your festival!!