Date: August 15, 2020
Two sessions available:
Session 1: Autoharp Essentials. 9:30-12:30 a.m.
Skill Level: Start from the beginning, or review the basics.
Class Registration Fee: $40 per session
If you would like to sign up for Session II as well, here is the LINK
It’s fun and easy to start playing the autoharp right away, and also challenging and complex as one ventures further into melody playing technique. Internationally-acclaimed autoharp player and instructor Karen Mueller is offering two workshops that start with the essentials of autoharp playing and progress into more advanced music and techniques. You may sign up for one session, or both. The fee for each three-hour session is $40.
Class size will be limited to 20 in each session to allow for optimal interaction with the instructor.
Start from the beginning, or review the basics. We’ll cover tuning, holding the autoharp comfortably, chord bar layouts, picks, and strum patterns to get you playing chords to accompany well-known songs in 3/4 and 4/4 time. Then we’ll begin to understand and play melodies, working with song sheets and autoharp tablature, a system of writing down autoharp chords and pick strokes.
Sheet music will be emailed in advance to use during the workshop.
For both sessions you will need any variety of autoharp that plays in the keys of C, G and D (such as a standard Oscar Schmidt or Chromaharp), several finger picks and a thumb pick, and an autoharp that is already in tune. You may use a diatonic autoharp for much of the time, but you will also need a chromatic to play all the music in the second session.
Karen Mueller is one of the top players and instructors in the autoharp world today. She won the International Autoharp Championship (Winfield, KS) in 1986, and began teaching at national venues such as the Augusta Heritage Center (WV) and the Old Town School (Chicago) in 1987. Karen is also a member of the Autoharp Hall of Fame, and has released five critically acclaimed CDs, as well as Mel Bay’s “Celtic Autoharp” book. She is a regular instructor at the California Autoharp Gathering, the Ozark Folk Center (AR), the John C. Campbell Folk School (NC), Seattle Autoharp Week, Sore Fingers Week (England) and more. Karen is known to be a patient, effective, and attentive instructor, and according to a past workshop student, “is a skilled, articulate teacher who is both focused and goal oriented. She has the ability to help students achieve a high level of competence in a short time frame.”