On Saturday, December 7, at The First Presbyterian Church, 469 N. Main Street, Stephen Seifert will spend a full day with Georgia area dulcimer players bringing them up-to-speed on a number of Christmas classics to prepare them for the upcoming holiday season. Think of it as a Christmas workout with lots of playing tips. Cost is $55 per participant for the entire day. When the family asks how your dulcimer playing is coming along, answer by playing well something they know and like.
Expect to cover a good number of Christmas favorites. For each tune, Stephen will have ready multiple arrangements appropriate for the different levels, beginner through upper intermediate. Christmas music can be a bit challenging so Stephen’s ready with just the right tunes, techniques, and shortcuts. Although this stuff is great for group playing, the goal is great music for singles and duets. He’ll also prepare you to play the backup chords incase the folks you’re playing for want to sing some verses.
Read more: Cornelia, GA - Dec. 7
Each of the following classes has been fine tuned to accommodate beginner to upper intermediate players. I have no doubt advanced folks will learn a lot as well. I’m presenting things in such a way different levels can focus on different things at the same time. There’s always something simple for the beginners and there’s always something challenging and useful for the better players.
Read more: Nashville, TN - Wed., Dec. 11
Each of my 13 lessons cover one tune and one topic from beginner to advanced. These are perfect for folks who travel and for folks who don't have good internet service. Watch these anywhere you have a DVD player.
Through my store, these are normally $25 a piece plus shipping. Order all 13 using this link and get them for $15 a piece plus I'll pay the shipping. I'll even throw in my 2-DVD FOUNDATIONAL TECHNIQUES FOR THE BEGINNING MOUNTAIN DULCIMER PLAYER in-case you're a brand new player.
Join me, Stephen Seifert, in 2014 for a 3-day comprehensive guided tour of mountain dulcimer playing philosophy, technique, and music for ALL LEVELS. Regardless of your level of musicianship, I want to give you the big picture. 2014 three-day intensives include:
Sarasota, FL, February 4-6, 2014Virginia Beach, VA, March 26-28, 2014Tucson, AZ, April 3-5, 2014Cincinnati, OH, April 23-25, 2014La Crosse, WI, June 3-5, 2014 (Pending - Email me if interested.)Evart, MI, July 14-16, 2014Kennard, TX, November 4-6, 2014
Read more: 2014 Three-Day Dulcimer Intensives
How 'bout a little jam? Here's 8 play along videos at various speeds. I'm also including a bunch of tablature. I'm looking forward to a little discussion about what could make this kind of virtual jamming more helpful.
Read more: 8 Sample Jam Along Videos with Tablature and Tips
Announcing Volume 2 of my Join the Jam Video Play Along Series! Here's 16 MORE tunes to get you ready. Between the 1st and 2nd volume, you get slow, medium, and reasonably fast play along videos for 32 top dulcimer jam tunes along with tablature. It really is the next best thing to having a hot jam whenever you're up for it. Immersion is the way to go.
Read more: Join the Jam Video Play Along Series Volume 2
(Volume 2 just released!)
Almost 10 years ago, I created Join the Jam. My idea was to make a simple guide to the most common mountain dulcimer jam tunes. In the introduction, I wrote, "If you're excited about playing the dulcimer with others, I hope this book proves to be a useful companion. Don't follow it too closely, you'll miss the point. It's only a map and an incomplete one at that. Keep your eyes and ears on the better players. Don't be too quick to give up. Stay in the circle. Stay in-tune. Don't go to bed before 1:00 A.M."
This play along series picks up where the book leaves off. It's really about getting better at the process of jamming which isn't just about reciting the same page over and over. With these videos, I want you to feel like the two of us are jamming at different speeds, playing tunes a little different each time through. (This isn't about learning fancy licks and variations, it's about learning to jam.)
Read more: Join the Jam Video Play Along Series Volume 1
My latest video instruction is available through http://dulcimerschool.com for $15 a month. There's a ton of stuff here for all levels and many interests. Have you visited lately? You can look around without subscribing. Just go HERE and check out the titles.
There's a lot of of great musicians who learn to play by reading hands like some folks read tablature or sheet music. The skills gained by learning and playing this way are envied and I believe falsely attributed to natural born talent. I very much wish all my students would spend time learning how to learn this way in addition to learning by other methods including by ear and instructional books. I've writing about this in the new Dulcimer Players News and I've prepared a free 30-minute video lesson (http://stephenseifert.com/watchthehands) to show everyone who's interested exactly what I'm talking about.
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