Stephen Seifert

Mountain Dulcimer Player

07-10-17 Evart, MI, Mountain Dulcimer Three-Day Intensive with Bing Futch and Stephen Seifert

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07-10-17 Evart, MI, Mountain Dulcimer Three-Day Intensive with Bing Futch and Stephen Seifert

87.50

[The $87.50 you pay to register is a 50% non-refundable deposit.]

Join Bing Futch and Stephen Seifert, July 10-12, in Evart, MI for mountain dulcimer instruction and one of the best jams of the year. Stephen will take novice to lower intermediate 9 to noon each day while Bing works with intermediate and up. Classes swap instructors each day for the 1:30 to 4:30 session. We’ll wrap up the three days by joining Rick Thum’s super jam at the United Methodist Church on the corner of Cherry and 2nd.

When

 July 10-12, 2017

WHERE

Evart, MI (exact location pending)

EACH DAY'S SCHEDULE

8:30 - 9:00 Arrive
9:00 - Noon Morning Session
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 4:30 Afternoon Session

MEALS

Meals aren't included in the price but we often eat together.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Bing and I will occasionally record video summaries throughout the three days. You will get links to these videos once we've had a chance to edit and upload these videos to the web. This will make reviewing the material at home quite effective and should help you relax and enjoy taking the class.

[The following descriptions were for 2015. Bing and I are right now writing descriptions for 2016. While much of the techniques taught will be the same, there will be new ones and new tunes. - Sept. 4, 2015]

Novice and Lower Intermediate

This class is geared towards beginners with some experience on up to those who are approaching intermediate. You'll have Stephen in the morning and Bing in the afternoon.

Stephen’s morning class:

Improve your ability to learn by listening, reading tablature, and reading hands. Learn how to make harder arrangements easier to play. Use easy tricks to make simple music fun to play and more interesting for a listener. Play backup chords for a singer or other lead player. We’ll cover the simplest method I’ve found for playing melodies and chords at the same time. I’ll also walk you through an introduction to fingerpicking and flat picking. Expect a good number of fiddle tunes and old-time songs.

Bing’s afternoon class:

Learn the basics and get to know your mountain dulcimer through a series of exercises that include scales, chord shapes, rhythms for different time signatures and making it up as you go in the jam.  We'll look at how the dulcimer is set up for modal playing and beyond, use a capo to change keys and practice switching into some popular tunings that you'll encounter during your journey with the instrument.  There will be a wide range of music from traditional to modern that I'll throw in as well.

Intermediate and Up

This class is for folks who have been playing for a number of years, have moved past the basics and want to generally dig deeper in regards to repertoire, styles, and technique. You'll have Bing in the morning and Stephen in the afternoon.

Stephen’s afternoon class:

After a brief review of the fundamentals, I’ll help you develop a more capable right hand in regards to strumming, flat picking, and fingerpicking. We’ll play melodies in multiple octaves as I show you a good number of tricks for making simple tunes fancy. We’ll cover bare-minimum and full chord-melody style, fingering strategies, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and a bunch of other stuff that makes music exciting for both the player and the audience. Tunes covered will be in the style of old-time, bluegrass, and Irish.

Bing’s morning class:

We'll start off with a crash course basic training session covering the foundations of mountain dulcimer playing and then we'll explore a number of approaches to the instrument through a selection of tunes.  Working on tunes is a great way to learn new skills and I'll be leading the group on a safari through some classic old-time and Celtic music with an emphasis on drone-melody and flatpicking basics.  We'll fingerpick our way through slow, pretty tunes in 4/4, 3/4 and 6/8 time.  I'll introduce tricks like palm-muting, bending and vibrato in a quick-study of Delta blues and rock 'n' roll.  There will also be plenty of focus on getting to know your fretboard, learning how to build and name chords based on the root notes, inverting chords, working the bass string for maximum effect and using dynamics to create living, breathing performances that will captivate and entertain.

FEE

Tuition is $175 for the three days. Register by paying a non-refundable $87.50 deposit below. The remaining is due on the first day of class.

[The $87.50 you pay to register is a 50% non-refundable deposit.]

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WHERE

TWIN Oaks Bowling Center Lounge
Address: 11377 U.S. 10, Evart, MI 49631
Phone:(231) 734-2423

SCHEDULE

8:30 - 9:00 Arrive
9:00 - Noon Morning Session
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 4:30 Afternoon Session

MEALS

Meals aren't included in the price but we've made plans with the venue to provide a delicious and affordable breakfast and lunch. There might even be a few Seifert/Futch items on the menu. This is a clean, newer venue with really great food.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Bing and I will occasionally record video summaries throughout the three days. You will get links to these videos once we've had a chance to edit and upload these videos to the web. This will make reviewing the material at home quite effective and should help you relax and enjoy taking the class.

Novice and Lower Intermediate

This class is geared towards beginners with some experience on up to those who are approaching intermediate. You'll have Stephen in the morning and Bing in the afternoon.

Stephen’s morning class:

Improve your ability to learn by listening, reading tablature, and reading hands. Learn how to make harder arrangements easier to play. Use easy tricks to make simple music fun to play and more interesting for a listener. Play backup chords for a singer or other lead player. We’ll cover the simplest method I’ve found for playing melodies and chords at the same time. I’ll also walk you through an introduction to fingerpicking and flat picking. Expect a good number of fiddle tunes and old-time songs.

Bing’s afternoon class:

Learn the basics and get to know your mountain dulcimer through a series of exercises that include scales, chord shapes, rhythms for different time signatures and making it up as you go in the jam.  We'll look at how the dulcimer is set up for modal playing and beyond, use a capo to change keys and practice switching into some popular tunings that you'll encounter during your journey with the instrument.  There will be a wide range of music from traditional to modern that I'll throw in as well.

Intermediate and Up

This class is for folks who have been playing for a number of years, have moved past the basics and want to generally dig deeper in regards to repertoire, styles, and technique. You'll have Bing in the morning and Stephen in the afternoon.

Stephen’s afternoon class:

After a brief review of the fundamentals, I’ll help you develop a more capable right hand in regards to strumming, flat picking, and fingerpicking. We’ll play melodies in multiple octaves as I show you a good number of tricks for making simple tunes fancy. We’ll cover bare-minimum and full chord-melody style, fingering strategies, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and a bunch of other stuff that makes music exciting for both the player and the audience. Tunes covered will be in the style of old-time, bluegrass, and Irish.

Bing’s morning class:

We'll start off with a crash course basic training session covering the foundations of mountain dulcimer playing and then we'll explore a number of approaches to the instrument through a selection of tunes.  Working on tunes is a great way to learn new skills and I'll be leading the group on a safari through some classic old-time and Celtic music with an emphasis on drone-melody and flatpicking basics.  We'll fingerpick our way through slow, pretty tunes in 4/4, 3/4 and 6/8 time.  I'll introduce tricks like palm-muting, bending and vibrato in a quick-study of Delta blues and rock 'n' roll.  There will also be plenty of focus on getting to know your fretboard, learning how to build and name chords based on the root notes, inverting chords, working the bass string for maximum effect and using dynamics to create living, breathing performances that will captivate and entertain.

FEE

Tuition is $175 for the three days. Register by paying the non-refundable $87.50 deposit above. The remaining $87.50 is due on the first day of class.