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Workshops & Training

a few more reviews

concert review – solo

“Not easy to categorise; trad material presented with considerable classical skill on guitar and mountain dulcimer, but gently enhanced with technology.  One of his best tricks is to use a long echo and then play a duet with himself.  In other hands this would come over as an amusing gimmick – the effect from Dan is seriously musical.  In demand in the USA for workshops as well as performances, which may give you a hint of what to expect.

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how to finger-pick the dulcimer

the following article was published in Nonsuch News, summer 2018, the UK’s dulcimer club magazine and the international Dulcimer Players News, February 2019 – it has been updated in October 2020 with a little more information in the section: ‘which fingers to use’ 

how to finger-pick the dulcimer

 

Those of you who are familiar with my music will know that I play the dulcimer (and guitar) mostly finger-style.  To me, fingerpicking is one of the prettiest ways of playing the dulcimer.  This article outlines what I see as best practice fingerpicking technique and it should help you play fingerstyle too, should you wish to do so.

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beginner advice for Nashville dulcimer club

the following article was drafted for and published by Nashville’s Grand Old Dulcimer Club:

‘A pro English dulcimer player advises beginners’

listening skills

Listening is hearing with intent to understand.  It is a discipline that requires patience and focus.  Listening is perhaps the most important skill a musician can acquire.  The more you develop your listening skills, the better you will understand music and the better you will play, both solo and with others.  Equally import perhaps, if you listen well you will win the respect of industry professionals.

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music training ~ classes workshops and seminars

holistic and confidence-building music training

 

In England and over the last 25 years Dan has taught well over 6,000 musicians and singers of all levels, from novice to professional.  He has also taught at festivals in many parts of the USA.

Students have travelled from all over Europe and beyond to attend his transformative singing course, which received amazing feedback.  He has even coached a pop singer, who promptly rose to no.1 in the UK charts.

To Dan, music is more than the just dots on the page, his approach is holistic – posture, emotion and mindset also play their part.  Indeed, your body language and how you think and feel about the music are key to an engaging performance.

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dulcimer starter session

dulcimer starter session

 

level

  • pitched at your level ~ depending upon your experience with the dulcimer, other instruments and music generally

 

topics

  • a health-check on your instrument to make sure it is working as it should
  • posture for comfort and to avoid health issues
  • best practice playing techniques
  • an introduction to Tablature notation
  • an introduction to modes and tunings
  • the huge potential of the dulcimer – songs, airs & instrumentals
  • DAA or DAD tuning ~ the pro’s and cons of each and their far reaching ramifications

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