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Twin Fiddling Workshop

for Fiddlers and Violists
in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska
Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 1 PM to 3 PM

This workshop, led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt, is perfect for fiddlers who want to learn to play duets with other fiddlers. Students of all ages will learn how to construct their own harmony parts. Tunes will range in difficulty from easy to intermediate. Fiddle tunes from several traditions will be explored, including Celtic, Scandinavian, Klezmer, etc.

Enrollment is limited to 10 fiddlers, and pre-registration is required. The fee is $20.00 per musician.

For more information, and to register, send an email to Debby at debby@greenblattandseay.com.

If you think you have registered but do not receive an email confirmation from Debby within 24 hours please send her an email at debby@greenblattandseay.com to let her know.


Practical Practicing Workshop

in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska
Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 1 PM to 3 PM

This workshop is for student musicians who want to accomplish as much as possible during their private practice sessions. By the end of the session, each musician will have a better idea of what to do, and how to do it.

Each participant should be prepared to share music they are studying, particularly pieces that they find challenging. During the Practical Practicing Workshop, many different Practical Practice techniques will be discussed, shared, and implemented to address these challenges.

Enrollment is limited to 10 musicians, and pre-registration is required. The fee is $20.00 per musician, payable at the workshop (check or cash).

For more information, and to register, send an email to Debby at debby@greenblattandseay.com.

If you think you have registered but do not receive an email confirmation from Debby within 24 hours please send her an email at debby@greenblattandseay.com to let her know.


Holiday Tunes Workshop

Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 1 PM to 3 PM

This workshop is for folks who play violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, soprano recorder, or alto recorder.

Each participant will receive a free copy of “Holiday Tunes for Two”, which contains 40 tunes to help you celebrate an entire year of holidays. This collection includes festive music for Chanukah, Christmas, Cinco de Mayo, Easter, Father’s Day, Flag Day, Grandparents Day, Groundhog Day, Halloween, Independence Day, Labor Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Passover, Patriots Day, Presidents Day, Purim, Rosh Hashanah, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Veterans Day, and Yom Kippur.

Enrollment is limited to 10 musicians, and pre-registration is required. The fee is $20.00 per musician, payable at the workshop (check or cash).

For more information, and to register, send an email to Debby at debby@greenblattandseay.com

If you think you have registered but do not receive an email confirmation from Debby within 24 hours please send her an email at debby@greenblattandseay.com to let her know.


Harmonica Christmas Workshop

Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 2 PM

This workshop is for those who for years have wanted to learn how to eventually play a harmonica. Well now’s your chance!

The focus will be on the 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C major. Popular traditional Christmas tunes such as “Jingle Bells”, “Joy To the World”, “Silent Night”, “Oh Christmas Tree”, and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” will be featured. Various harmonica techniques will be introduced along the way.

The fee is $20.00 per musician, payable at the workshop (check or cash). Participants will receive a free Clearly Colorful 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C but are encouraged to bring whatever harmonicas they have.

For more information, or to register, send an email to David at g-s@greenblattandseay.com



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Harmonica Workshops

These popular workshops are conducted by David Seay who has been playing harmonica since 1973. Within the first few minutes participants (age 7 and up) will be playing actual folk songs on their very own harmonicas ($3.00 each).

David often includes a mini-workshop version as part of one of his Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau Programs. He also likes to feature harmonica workshops with one or more focus groups during a Nebraska Arts Council’s Artist in the Schools/Communities Residency.

These workshops may be individually contracted and tailored to fit your particular group and event.

Check out David’s Harmonica Workshop web page for more nitty-gritty details.


Beginning Contra and Round Dance

If you can walk then you can learn these fun, easy old-time dances. Debby and David teach the steps one at a time and then call the dances while playing the fiddle and guitar. These sessions generally start with a simple circle dance and conclude with a rousing Virginia Reel. Dance sessions in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse are held in an 830 sq. ft. classroom so they are limited to groups of 8 to 20 paticipants. (High heels not recommended!)


Songwriting Workshops

If you’ve got a group that definitely isn’t shy, and consists mostly of folks who are willing to raise their hands and contribute their ideas, then in collaboration with David and/or Debby workshop particpants can develop lyrics and a melody to create their own original composition.


Hands-on Workshops

These workshops are only available in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse. Individual participants get the opportunity to try out a variety of folk instruments such as banjo, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, ukulele, upright bass, spoons, etc. with the help of coaches Debby and David. Hands-on sessions are limited to groups of up to 30ish paticipants but work best in groups of less than 10 so that most everyone is playing some instrument most of the time.


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Quotes...

“Thank you so much for such a wonderful afternoon and evening. Wow was that fun. I heard harmonica music from the trees (kids underneath) for the rest of Chautauqua. That was fun!!! Everyone enjoyed all of the instruments.”
...Committee Member
Grand Island Community Foundation Chautauqua 2013

“This presenter was awesome. He was very well prepared, enjoyable and interesting.”
...Harmonica workshop participant
W. Dale Clark - Omaha Public Library

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