From Ear Training to English Country Dance

Lessonface online group classes to Live group classes

Begin with a free ear training class, (July 13) continue with the Introduction to English Country Dance (September 17) then culminate in a live setting with ensemble playing at John C. Campbell Folk School, (April 20-25, 2025).

From Paper To Ear: Foundations of Playing By Ear 

Are you ready to gain confidence in your playing and improve your musicianship overall as you improve your dulcimer player?  If so, you are in the right place! This course starts at the very beginning teaching how to hear and identify the scales and intervals on the dulcimer and to relate those to familiar songs. We will have an overview of the understanding of what playing by ear is and how it is used in different genres of music. We will learn to play songs you already know and gradually move into new tunes so that you are learning to hear and memorize simultaneously. You will learn a variety of techniques designed to help you learn songs by ear including: listening, singing, echoing and analyzing song structure.  You will have access to a You Tube playlist of all the songs you are learning, plus audio files you can download and listen to as often as needed. And after completing the sessions, you will receive PDFs of the song lyrics and tab.  The course is jam packed with music, techniques and practical application of the process of playing by ear!

*Note: Playing by ear takes some time to develop. You will not develop this skill in one lesson!  You need to be patient and give yourself time to understand the process. This course will guide and support you along this journey in a safe community of sharing and caring.

Class Dates: Saturday, 10:00 AM Eastern, February 10, 17, 24, March 2, 2024