Bing Futch Workshops
Manatee Orchestra - Mountain Dulcimers
In this workshop, we’ll go over the material and prepare for the Manatee Orchestra, which will open the Saturday evening concert. All skill levels are welcome to participate and we have a blast learning three songs and then rehearsing them for the show. Mountain dulcimer players are encouraged to join Guy and Sharrie’s Manatee Orchestra workshops for hammered dulcimer, penny whistle and ukulele for extra practice. There will be a full orchestra rehearsal on Saturday at 3 pm. Come join us! (All Skill Levels)
Mountain Dulcimer - Fingerpickin' Good
Once you've gained some experience with flatpicking, you'll want to broaden your musical horizons and begin to explore fingerpicking. We'll use some pretty tunes that sound great when fingerpicked and I'll show you some patterns for each song you play. We'll also get into some techniques that will help you put a "pinch" of pizzaz in your songs! (Intermediate)
Learning To Play Native American Flute
You'll be surprised at just how easy it is to play! In this workshop, you'll learn basics: flute anatomy, how to hold it, breath control, major and minor scales, ornamentation techniques and how to discover your very own spirit song. If you don't have a flute, I will have a limited supply of loaners that are also available for purchase. Key does not matter if you wish to bring your own. (Beginner to Intermediate)
Mountain Dulcimer - Key Changes Made Easy!
Key changes are an exciting element of music and you don’t need a chromatic instrument to make them happen! Taking a simple tune in one key and then switching keys somewhere in the song is a fabulous way of adding depth, complexity and emotion to your playing. We’ll look at the so-called “truck-driver modulation” and the “parallel modulation”, but will focus mainly on the stealthy “pivot chord modulation” for changing keys mid-song. You will need a 1+ fret for this workshop and a capo! (Intermediate-Advanced)
Sunday Morning Coming Down - All Instruments
This has become a tradition for a number of years at the retreat and is a great way to wind down after three full days of fun! Here’s your chance to reflect on new things that you’ve learned, ask questions, get clarification and share lightbulb moments with the group. It’s always an easy-going good way to start the final day!