Janet Herman's Workshops

Easy Irish Singalong (Advanced Beginner)

Love to sing? In this class we’ll cover how to play some basic, nice sounding back up chords to support your voice and give some lovely color to the song. We’ll work on how and when to strum, and keep things totally doable so you can mostly focus on singing and just let the back up take care of itself. 
Songs include: "Tell Me Ma", "Raglan Road", "Star of the County Down", "I Courted a Wee Girl", and more.

Irish Singalong (Intermediate)

This class features some of the same songs covered in Easy Irish Singalong for Advanced Beginners (see above), but now introduces more skills and ideas to enrich your arrangements such as fingerpicking, alternate chord voicings, and tabbed out melodies. Students who take the first course and are ready for more of a challenge can take this second course directly afterwards, or more advanced students can simply skip the first course and start here. 

Janet co-founded Redwood Dulcimer Day in 2001 and served as director for its first 10 years. As a dulcimer teacher she brings over 30 years of playing experience, fun original arrangements in several styles, and lots of enthusiasm, patience and encouragement.
Janet has a a broad background in music, having studied early music at UCR and earning a Ph.D. in Folklore/Ethnomusicology from UCLA with an emphasis in American folk music and shape note singing. Janet co-edited with Neal Hellman Music of the World for Mountain Dulcimer (Hal Leonard Pub., 2014) and was a featured performer in the documentary film Hearts of the Dulcimer (2013).

When not strumming dulcimer she can be found playing Irish music on tenor banjo and mandolin, or singing with the global vocal group Zambra.
She is also a senior writer and research consultant with the Music of Bhutan Research Centre based in Thimphu, Bhutan.