Stephen Seifert Workshop & Concert, September 2007

[originally posted in September 2007 on , copied and reposted here with changed formatting  on 4/11/2009]

Stephen Seifert, National Mountain Dulcimer Champion, will be conducting a workshop and house concert at my house in September.

Here’s the info from Steve’s e-mail: 
Steve Seifert will be teaching three workshops this coming Sunday afternoon, September 16, 2007. 
I know this is short notice, but it is a great opportunity to get dulcimer instruction from one of
the best dulcimer players and teachers in the land. The workshops will be held at Carla’s house
(address below) and following the workshops will be a jam and a concert. 
Hope to see you there! 
Stephen Seifert Is Teaching and Performing in MEMPHIS this SUNDAY, September 16, 2007 
SUNDAY– (Memphis)
Location: Carla’s house 
12:00 – 1:30 
Hold, Tune, Strum, and Fret 
(This class is for new players and those who have only played for a short while.) 
I’ll show you exactly how to continually vary your strum. I’ll also train you to play any melody you already know on the bass string and up high on the melody string. I’ll leave you with a great shortcut for knowing chords. 
1:45 – 3:15 
How I Arrange for Fingerpicking 
I pick a melody, hum it, and figure out the easiest place to play it on the dulcimer. I then add filler picking, brushes, and chords. After I play it for a while, I start looking for ways to play everything down low and up high. I write none of this down and constantly vary many of the elements in real-time. I’ll show you exactly how I do it. 
3:30 – 5:00 
Intermediate and Up
Blues for Two 
After we work through a bluesy arrangement, you’ll learn the basic blues form and a few of its variations. You’ll then learn a few tactics for blues back up including bar chords, riffs, dampening, and muting. Finish up with some easy to remember ways to play “melodies” while another player backs you up. 
5:00 – 8:00 Break/Jamming 
8:00 – 9:00 Concert 
$20 for one workshop, $35 for two, $45 for all three 
Concert – $10 
Location: Carla’s house 
More info: Carla Maxwell 901-270-3585
or Bob Magowan 901-751-8306

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