Playing with Others Makes You a Better Musician

In-person Hammered Dulcimer workshop in Cary, NC with Mary Lynn Michal
Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 9:00-4:30

Join us in Cary, NC for an all-day in-person Hammered Dulcimer workshop with Mary Lynn Michal

WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 9:00-4:30

WHERE: The Kirk of Kildaire - 200 High Meadow Dr. Cary, NC 27511 

WHO: You, your playing partner(s), your jamming buddies, and all Hammered Dulcimer Players - ALL LEVELS WELCOME (class limited to 30)

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All Day In-Person Workshop with Mary Lynn Michal (6 hours of instruction)

Spend a day immersed in the craft and fun of playing the hammered dulcimer with others, guided by Mary Lynn Michal. After playing in the symphony for decades, ML really knows how to listen and play in a group. You will take home strategies that will help you improve as a musician—whether you are playing by yourself, with a playing partner, in a small group, or even in a jam.

This is a class participation workshop (don't be scared!!) At times during the day, you will have the opportunity to play with 2-4 people with ML coaching. No one will be put on the spot. Participation in small group sessions is encouraged but not required. You will learn a lot while watching other groups playing and being coached.

Afraid to play in front of others? Don't worry, you're in good company - we'll be talking about performance anxiety and ways to minimize it during the day.

Bonuses included in your workshop fee:

Attend a live one-hour Zoom Class (recording available) on Sunday, September 17 at 3PM EDT (value: $20) We will learn a tune in advance! Everyone attending the workshop will have this one tune in common. 

10% off your choice of one class at HD Homeland (value: up to $25)
Followup materials available to you permanently in HD Homeland


        Hammer discussion (bring all of your hammers)
        How to start a tune
        How to end a tune
        How to communicate tempo if your playing partner is rushing or dragging
        How to start slow and then pick up the tempo
        How to trade off parts
        How to listen
        How to rescue
        How to play dynamically
        Performance anxiety


          What should I bring?
          Bring your dulcimer (already tuned!), all of your hammers, your damper pedal if you have one. Encourage your playing partner(s) to register and set up next to you.

          What about lunch?
          Lunch fixings will be available on site for a small charge, or bring your own. (Details to follow)

          What tunes will we work on?
          We'll use the tune we learn over Zoom, as well as tunes from the Sandbridge repertoire, the NC Jam Group tune list, and others you will suggest (we'll send out a quick questionnaire before the workshop). If you come with a playing partner or two, bring a tune that you play together to work on.

          "I only play solo"
          Everything you learn here will help you in your solo practice. Do you have an intro for the tunes you play? Have you ever lost your way while playing solo? Forgotten to play dynamically?

          "I hate jamming"
          This workshop is not just about jamming, even though everything you learn here will help you when you find yourself in a jam.*

          *LOL... in a jam at a jam.

          We can't wait to see you at the workshop!

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