Judy lives in Winston-Salem, NC with her husband, Kirk, her “bass man.” Judy is the music director for The Camel City Strummers Dulcimer Club which holds the Winston-Salem Dulcimer Festival each year in May. She is also the director for the Triad Dulcimer Orchestra. She enjoys playing duets with her husband, Kirk, and plays in the Southern Appalachian String Section Quartet as well. Judy has written 8 dulcimer music books.
She is very fortunate that her passion for the dulcimer has led to her teaching at festivals around the country, including Dutchland Dulcimer Festival, PA, North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association Festival, GA, and Black Mountain Music Week, NC, among others. She has also presented twice at the NC Music Educators Association Conference on using the dulcimer to teach music in schools.
MOUNTAIN DULCIMER WORKSHOPS
The Shape of Things to Come (Novice & Up)
Once you start wanting to play more than one string at a time on your dulcimer, it is easier if you know how to form chords in 4 main shapes. Come learn how to find all the D, G, A, Em, F#m chords, and more, using a simple pattern. We will also take a look at fingering techniques for smoother and faster playing of chords.
Use your Pick for Something Besides Strumming! An Introduction to Flatpicking (Novice & Up)
Let’s add some variety to your performances by taking a beautiful slow song that you strum and turn it into a flatpicked version!
Capo Anyone? (Novice & Up)
Use a capo to play in a variety of keys! Learn the what, when, where, and why of the capo. Don’t forget to bring a capo with you to participate in class!
About that Strum (Advanced Beginner & Up)
In this workshop we will concentrate on your right hand – what it’s doing and how it’s doing it! Then we’ll take a look at what else it can be doing to make your music more smooth and interesting. Come learn several strum techniques and how to incorporate them into your music to make it more rhythmic and beautiful.
Entertaining the Older Generation (Novice & Up)
We all get numerous opportunities to play our dulcimers for shut-ins and retirement home residents. Music is a wonderful way to bring back delightful memories for our older friends and family. Come learn a few songs that they can relate to and enjoy and make some new memories for yourself in the process.
Let’s Celebrate the 4th of July! (Novice & Up)
Patriotic songs are popular year-round, in many settings, with all people. Come get started building your repertoire for celebrating our wonderful country!
Christmas is A-Comin’ (Novice & Up)
No matter what time of year, there’s one thing for sure – Christmas is a-comin’! So, start now getting ready to dazzle and amaze your friends and family or your congregation with some of the most beautiful songs ever written! Come learn some old favorites in parts, some in unison, and maybe some you’ve never heard before!
Multi-Part Arrangements (All Levels)
Playing with a group requires additional skills along with those used when we play alone. Playing in a group where there are several different parts can even be more nerve-racking, but fun at the same time, not to mention more full and beautiful. In this workshop, we will talk about how to accomplish this and what skills we need to implement it. We will work on 2 or 3 songs with 3 to 6 parts. Bring your standard instrument as well as bass, baritone and/or Ginger to join in.