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

    The First Noel  Beginners and on. (Single bow.)

    A good song for beginners yet we’ll add a furbelow or 2 (some embellishments) so you’ll sound beyond
    beginner.
Friday
Session 2
2:15 to 3:15
EST

    Joy to the World   Beginners and on. (Single bow.)

    Slurring all the way! An easy song to learn, we’ll be learning the use of slurs as we play
    and then we’ll dress it up with some runs and frills.
Friday
Session 3
3:30 to 4:30
EST

    It Came Upon the Midnight Clear   Play with 1 or 2 Bows

    For those beginning with 2 bows. Extra black notes but we’ll learn to play this traditional
    carol like those black notes are no big deal! Come with your second bow and we’ll learn how
    using the left hand bow will make for some smoother playing.
Saturday
Session 1
10:00 to 11:00
EST

    Silent Night, Holy Night   Intermediate (Double Bow)
       
    We are going to be learning some elegant embellishments using double bowing techniques:
    drones, a little harmony, and some frills.

Saturday
Session 2
11:15 to 12:15
EST

    What Child is This? Play with 1 or two Bows

    Double bowing for the black notes. Black note alert! This song has accidentals, meaning you
    can not escape the black notes; there is no key you can play it in to avoid them. So let’s love on
    some black notes! With a bow in your left hand we can conquer the “black note anxiety syndrome”.
    Using your left hand bow for the black notes is a great way to begin being a double bower.

Saturday
Session 3
1:30 to 2:30
EST

      Infant Holy, Infant Lowly   Intermediate ( Double Bowing with harmony)

    We’ll be learning this lovely carol with harmony using double bowing.

Saturday
Session 4
2:45 to 3:45
EST

    There’s a Song in the Air  Beginners Double Bowing

    We will be learning this lovely Christmas song
    using 2 bows to smoothly navigate up and down the psaltery strings.

Saturday
Session 5
4:00 to 5:00
EST

    O Holy Night  Double or single bowing. Beginners and up.

    Playing with smoothness to get that rich resonating sound of the bowed psaltery. We will
    focus on the importance of bowing through the full count of each note, using slurs, and smoothly
    bowing from one note to the next.
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Terry & Sharon
Donna
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Brenda Mangan

    Brenda has enjoyed music all her life. She took a few years of
    piano as a child. Has played the mountain dulcimer since a teen.
    Plays a wood flute and a glass flute. In her later years, Brenda
    took up the violin but due to an old fingers injury her progression
    was hindered. It was at this point that she stumbled upon the
    bowed psaltery and fell in love with its beautiful “ringing
    strings.” After taking introductory lessons from psaltery
    makerRick Long, and studying the styles of favorite and
    various psaltery artists in person and online, Brenda has
    continued playing, developing her own techniques and style,
    which she enjoys teaching to others. She has played in groups,
    solos and frequently plays at events and at her church. She has
    taught several years at the East TN Bowed Psaltery Gathering,
    as well as individuals and other small groups, and invites
    everyone to enjoy the offerings on her YouTube channel.