Sarah has played mountain dulcimer for twenty of her twenty-three years. She won Winfield’s National Mountain Dulcimer Championship in 2012 and was a finalist at the 2013 International Acoustic Music Awards.
She has won numerous other awards and is completing a degree in Traditional Music and Appalachian Studies at Morehead State University.
Mountain Dulcimer in Old Time Music
The mountain dulcimer contributes a unique tone and texture to old time music, both as a backup instrument for the voice and a melodic lead instrument for fiddle tunes. We will focus on both of these aspects of old time playing. We will also explore several different tunings that work well for old time tunes. We will learn some fiddle tunes by ear (tablature will handed out at the end of class).
Please DO come with a recording device so you can take the tunes home with you at the end of festival day!
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Each Master Clinic has TEN spaces for students. Pre-registration is required for Master Clinics
Sarah will also be teaching one of the general sessions that do not require pre-registration.
The session, Unaccompanied Ballad Singing, will be at 10:00 and is part of the offerings included in the general admission fee. There is a rich tradition of unaccompanied ballad singing in the southern mountains. This class with introduce you to several of these fascinating ballads as well as the unique vocal techniques that are found in this style of folk music. All songs will be taught by ear, so a recording device will come in handy. Lyric sheets will be provided.