Session
Class Description
Friday
Session 1
1:00 to 2:00 PM
EST

    Beginner –Advanced Beginner  “Beginning Singing Accompaniment”.  

    You will learn to use techniques to play bass parts as drones, one and five chord notes
    and  arpeggios  to  accompany  the  voice  using  songs,   Skip  to  My  Lou  and
    The Crawdad Song.
Friday
Session 2
2:30 to 3:30 PM
EST

    Beginner - Advanced Beginner “Let’s play (and Sing) Minor Rounds”.  

    We will learn them together (sing only if you want to), and then you’ll get a chance to try
    them as two part rounds.  They won’t sound as good as when all the parts are played together
    and everybody can hear all the parts, but nobody else will notice if you have
    some trouble keeping your part going.  Songs will include Love (Round) with variants of
    America (Round) and Holy Is God.  Hey, Ho, Nobody Home,  Thou Poor Bird  and
    Paddle Song as time allows.
Friday
Session 3
4:00 to 5:00 PM
EST

    Advanced Beginner“Echo (Echo) Back (Back) Songs (Songs)”.  

    The purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to some techniques for playing
    (and singing if desired) an echo part for songs that lend themselves to that effect.  
    Songs will include Sipping Cider Through a Straw, The Bear in Tennis Shoes and
    The Water is Wide.
 
Saturday
Session 1
9:30  to 10:30 AM
EST

    Advanced Beginner - “Singing Accompaniment with two bows”.

    You will learn to use techniques to play bass parts as drones, one and five chord notes
    and arpeggios and use two bows to accompany the voice using songs, Go Tell Aunt
    Rhodie and Boil Them Cabbage Down.

Saturday
Session 2
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
EST

    Advanced  Beginner - Intermediate “Variations on All Through the Night”.  

    The purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to ways to add variations to the
    basic melody of a song.  To make  things  more  interesting  than  always  holding
    out  half notes and longer notes, you will learn to add or take away notes.   We  
    will  use  the  gentle  lullaby  melody of  All  Through  the  Night  from  which  to  
    create  the  variations to add to the written music.

Lunch

Saturday
Session 3
1:00 to 2:00 PM
EST

         Advanced Beginner - Intermediate – “Singing Accompaniment, More To It”.  

    Explore even more ways to play while singing.  Along with bass parts as drones, one
    and five chord notes with one or two bows and arpeggios, we will use bass runs,
    harmonies and/or descants for those who can think of those parts while singing
    (although the instructor really can’t do that).  Songs will be Red River Valley and
    Home on the Range.


Saturday
Session 4
2:30 to 3:30 PM
EST

    All levels – “Flawless Pentatonic Improvisation”.  

    The purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to methods of improvising on the
    bowed psaltery.  To make it flawless, we will be using only the “other” side of the
    psaltery and will be confined to the keys of F#Major and Eb minor, but if you can
    find someone to play and/or sing in those keys, you can be genius.  We will also talk
    about  how  to  apply  these  ideas  to  other  keys,  but  that  is  harder  than  this
    flawless method.

Saturday
Session 5
4:00 to 5:00 PM
EST

    Intermediate – “Let’s play (and Sing) Harder Rounds”.  

    The purpose of this workshop is to introduce you to more complicated rounds.   We
    will learn them together (sing only if you want to), and then you’ll get a chance to try them as
    two part rounds.  They won’t sound as good as when all the parts are played together and
    everybody can hear all the parts, but nobody else will notice if you have some trouble keeping
    your part going.  Songs will include Oh, How Lovely Is the Evening, Dona Nobis Pacem and
    my original Light Round.
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Bill Schilling


           Bill Schilling has been singing and playing various folk
    instruments (at least 20 with variations of several) for
    over 50 years. He has performed for audiences of all ages
    in many settings from coast to coast. His high-enery
    performances may include songs, slide programs, and/or
    stories selected specifically for your group. His  
    performances   often   involve   members   of   your   group   
    with   audience participation songs or activities. Bill   often   
    performs with others including   Rich   &   Kathy   Small   and   
    also Linda Sigismondi with whom he has recorded “Songs
    from Canal Days”.  Since Bill believes that his music  
    should be inclusive, he is involved in many groups which
    share music. A few of them are: Dulci-More: Folk &
    Traditional Musicians (Bill is the founder and leader of
    this group); the annual Dulci-More Festival (Bill is the
    director);  the Canton Folk Song Society (Bill is one of the
    original members); the Dulcimer Society of Trumbull  
    County (Bill has reorganized  and leads this group);
    Folknet (Bill is a charter Executive Committee Member
    & past   President);   and   Folk   Music   at   Weatherbury   
    Farm   (Bill   is   one   of   the originators of this program
    and a workshop leader). Bill’s “Dulci-More Public Domain
    Songbooks” (in several variations) are used by clubs
    around the country.  Although  Bill  has  played bowed
    psaltery for about 25 years and led beginning workshops
    for playing it at various festivals, he has almost always
    kept to very simple melody or drone playing styles with it.

    (www.billschilling.org)
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