The Mystery of Modes Workshop
A weekend of exploring modes used for relaxation, in therapeutic music, and in Celtic and American traditional music. We'll cover defining characteristics and basic chord progressions as well as improvising. This workshop is geared to hammered dulcimers and harps, but other instruments are welcome.
Rental HDs and harps available.
Southern California – February 24-26, 2017 (Location/Cost)
If you would like a guitar track added in California, please contact Karen at email@example.com
Maryland – April 7-9, 2017 (Location/Cost) mixed instrument class Full! (waiting list only)
ADDED: GUITAR TRACK for Maryland Workshop - taught by Paul Oorts! Space Available!
CHICAGO! – early November, 2017 details TBA
- About Karen
- Who will benefit from this workshop?
- To Register, click on the location you are interested in. HERE for Maryland.
HERE for Southern California.
Karen Ashbrook, CMP (Certified Music Practitioner) has had decades of musical adventures, starting with a solid classical music education growing up (piano, French horn, music theory, orchestra). In high school she discovered the world of traditional folk music and was soon on the road – literally (traversing the globe twice!) and figuratively – learning hammered dulcimer, banjo, pennywhistle, mandolin, wooden flute and more!
She is a professional hammered dulcimer performer and teacher and also runs and teaches at Irish music camps. She received her certification as a Music Practitioner through the Music for Healing and Transitions Program (mhtp.org) and works regularly as a therapeutic musician.
Although not a harp player, she has strong connections with the Celtic harp world, having collaborated with several great players (and sitting in for years on her son's harp lessons!) She has taught at Augusta Heritage Center, Swannanoa Gathering, The Catskills Irish Arts Week, CCE MAD Week, and Kentucky Music Week. Her love of modal music, teaching and healing shine through in her workshops!
Friday 4:00 pm - Check in 6:00 pm - Optional Dinner: (RSVP to Karen) 8:00-9:00 pm - Playing with Pentatonic scales, Native American Flute, and Japanese scales Saturday 7:30-8:30 am - Breakfast 9:30-11:30 am - Major to Mixolydian 12:00-1:30 pm - Lunch 1:30-3:00 pm - Mixolydian to Dorian 3:00-3:30 pm - Tea Time 3:30-5:00 pm - Exploring Dorian 5:30-7:00 pm - Dinner 8:00-9:30 pm - Optional jamming Sunday 7:30-8:30 am - Breakfast 9:30-11:30 am - Ostinato I - IV and a quick overview of Lydian and Phrygian modes 12:00-1:30 pm - Lunch 1:30-2:30 pm - Wrap up and review
- Musicians who want to become more fluent in the modes used in Appalachian and Celtic music.
- Therapeutic musicians interested in deepening their understanding of modes and learning to move between modes.
- Increased flexibility in being able to vary and improvise with modes and their chords progressions.
- Therapeutic musicians wanting Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
- Musicians interested in becoming therapeutic musicians through the Music for Healing and Transitions Program mhtp.org and similar programs.
Contact Karen Ashbrook, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-655-0103.