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March 2021

School Assembly

Thursday, March 4
Spectrum School, 4848 Turner Street
Rockford, IL 61107 United States
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The Real McCoy: The Irish Roots of Traditional American Folksongs – Virtual Online Concert

Friday, March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St.
Moline, IL 61265 United States
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Free

This concert begins at 12:00 noon CST, Friday, March 5, 2021.

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The Real McCoy – The Irish Roots of American Folk Music (Virtual program)

Saturday, March 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St.
Brookings, OR 97415 United States
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The Real McCoy: The Irish Roots of Traditional American Folksongs – Virtual Online Concert

Wednesday, March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th St.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034 United States
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Free

This virtual online concert begins at 7:00 pm, PDT, Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

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The Easiest Melodies for the Autoharp – Virtual Online Workshop

Saturday, March 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Walnut Valley Festival Winfield, KS 67156 United States + Google Map
$50

Skill level: Beginner Can you really learn to play recognizable melodies on the autoharp in a single ninety-minute workshop? Yes, you can! No matter what your level of proficiency – even if you have never played the autoharp before – this informal hands-on beginner’s workshop will develop your musical abilities. Explore simple techniques for strumming, chording, and picking familiar tunes. Learn how to organize your practice time, making music instead of excuses. The ability to read music is not necessary. Participants need…

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Beyond G, C & D: Chromatic Chord Progressions on the Autoharp – Virtual Online Workshop

Saturday, March 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Walnut Valley Festival Winfield, KS 67156 United States + Google Map
$50

Skill level: Intermediate Although the chromatic autoharp has a twelve-note scale, many of the songs we play on the instrument use only the seven-note diatonic scale (do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti). Are you ready to move beyond playing “1-4-5” songs with the same three and four chords? This workshop explores melodies with decidedly chromatic chord progressions that use the 12-note chromatic scale, including: Hit the Road, Jack, Sixteen Tons, Greensleeves, House of the Rising Run, and Freight Train. The ability to read music is…

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Defying Conventions: Unusual and Eccentric Autoharp Techniques – Virtual Online Workshop

Saturday, March 20 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Walnut Valley Festival Winfield, KS 67156 United States + Google Map
$50

Skill level: Intermediate – Advanced I’m a bit of an odd-ball in the autoharp community: I never use fingerpicks. I play with bare fingernails or a flatpick, and my style of chromatic autoharp playing involves the use open-chording tricks that are usually reserved for the diatonic autoharp. In this workshop, I’ll share these uncommon but nevertheless effective techniques. If you’re an intermediate-level player ready to go beyond pinching and plucking, this workshop will certainly broaden your musical horizons. The ability…

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Front Porch Strumming: Playing Old-Time Music on the Autoharp – Virtual Online Workshop

Sunday, March 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Walnut Valley Festival Winfield, KS 67156 United States + Google Map
$50

Skill level: Beginning This workshop is targeted at beginning players who love old-time music. Here’s a fun opportunity to develop your autoharp skills while stumming traditional songs – many from the original Carter Family. We’ll concentrate on techniques for accompanying vocals, playing back-up chords, and executing simple melody breaks. Build your confidence and your repertoire, and develop your rhythm, timing, fingering accuracy, and muscle memory. The ability to read music is not necessary. Participants need an autoharp (tuned to the…

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Honing Your Chops: Tips and Tricks for Picking Melodies on the Autoharp – Virtual Online Workshop

Sunday, March 21 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Walnut Valley Festival Winfield, KS 67156 United States + Google Map
$50

Skill level: Intermediate This workshop is targeted at intermediate players who want to expand their instrumental skills. Practicing scales is great exercise, but there’s no substitute for certain traditional chestnuts, like "Grandfather’s Clock," and "O Holy Night," that have the fingering challenges built right into the melody. We’ll breakdown right-hand and left-hand techniques for mastering such spirited compositions. Enhance your chops for tackling even the most acrobatic obstacle course of a melody. The ability to read music is not necessary.…

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Norwegian Wood: Beatles Songs as Autoharp Instrumentals – Virtual Online Workshop

Sunday, March 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Walnut Valley Festival Winfield, KS 67156 United States + Google Map
$50

Skill level: Intermediate A handful of the melodies written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon have transcended the genre of popular music and become part of our oral tradition. Approaching the autoharp as a solo instrument, we’ll learn arrangements of several lyrical Beatles tunes including, "Yesterday," "I Will," "Norwegian Wood," "In My Life," and "Let It Be." Here’s an opportunity to learn a few beautiful and enduring songs. This workshop is targeted at intermediate players who are already comfortable playing…

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