"Break Free"
Brett Ridgeway's
Bible Baptist Church, 401 W. US Hwy 92, Seffner, FL 33584This fun & unique two-part workshop is open to all acoustic stringed instruments including hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, acoustic guitar, clawhammer or bluegrass banjo, mandolin, fiddle etc.

"Diddling, Noodling, & Jigging-Learning to Play by Ear" 
Taught by Brett Ridgeway

"Does anyone have the music for..." (cringe) FREE YOURSELF and your dependency of reading music, standard notation or tab to learn a tune! This is definitely our largest and most requested workshop! Using traditional Celtic techniques, virtually anyone can learn to play any instrument by ear, they just don't know it, or know how to do it, and are often surprised at their ability to do so! Noodling and diddling, also called jigging, lilting, dowdling are excellent tools in learning to play the hammered dulcimer, Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, guitar...or any instrument for that matter! This is a HANDS-ON workshop for all instruments and will help you to learn and understand your instrument from the inside out! Using simple ear training exercises, playing a simple scale and you will be picking out tunes-by ear- by the end of this workshop! You will surprise yourself! I have used these techniques several times in my workshops and one-on-one teaching and the most often exclaimed phrase is, "I can't believe I can do this!!!" Whether you read music or not, learning to play by ear is a helpful skill and yes, can be learned in this workshop!  Level: All Levels; All Instruments

“Surviving a Jam”
"Playing Well with Others!"
Taught by Brett Ridgeway
Has there ever been a time that you wanted to join in on a jam, but found the idea of making it through one too intimidating? Have you ever joined a jam, only to find yourself lost and not able to keep up? Come learn tips that are so simple yet valuable techniques that will help you maneuver through the next jam with ease and enjoyment. Learn to anticipate chord changes, understanding chords and key changes, keeping time, jam etiquette and how to "mess up well"! It only takes a few tips and a little practice and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a proficient jammer! This is a hands-on workshop so bring your instrument! Level: All levels and instruments.

Total cost of BOTH workshops is only $35 and includes all hand-outs, personal instruction, a very fun time, and the freedom to play!

The workshop will be held at:
Bible Baptist Church, 401 W. US Hwy 92, Seffner, FL 33584.

You MUST register for this workshop! If you would like to reserve a space and materials, please send a check or money order to:

Brett Ridgeway
105 Ashwood Drive
Industry, PA 15052

If you have any questions, or if I can be of further help, please contact me by phone at fbridgeway@juno.com.

Brett's philosophy is that "anyone can make music, regardless of age, musical ability or knowledge!”  Brett teaches several workshops throughout the tri-state area and on an almost daily basis. He currently teaches hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, bluegrass banjo, clawhammer banjo, beginner acoustic guitar and mandolin. He also conducted the "Olde Tyme String Band Jam Workshop" at the GitterPicker String Factory. Brett has authored and marketed a series of instructional CDs that display his friendly method of teaching the hammered dulcimer. He currently has a youtube lesson series available on YouTube and also teaches lessons via Skype and Facebook. He has been a featured teacher and performer at the Roscoe Village “Dulcimer Days Festival" in Coshocton, Ohio and was one of the founders of the revamped "Coshocton Dulcimer Festival".  Brett tours the tri-state area promoting traditional American music as “Homestead Creek”.  Brett has released four recordings; the latest CD entitled “Homestead Creek”.   Additionally, an original composition written and performed by Brett Ridgeway is featured in the soundtrack of “The Path of the Wind”, a 2010 which features Wilford Brimley. 



Your workshops are so inspirational.  When I got home that evening, I just had to show what I had learned and the new options with the imagination for making me a better player.  This is my second workshop and both have been enlightening and worth all the effort you have placed on teaching us future musicians.   You construct your workshop for all learning levels making sure that you take the time to spend with each person understanding the instrument and what is being taught for quality knowledge.  I look forward to more educational and enhancing music workshops in the near future.
                                                                 Carissa Shaffer, Ohio

I just finished my second workshop with Brett.  He continues to be so calm and patient always making you feel that there is never a dumb question.  He is willing to take the time to address everyone's need no matter what level they are at.  He is such an accomplished musician who knows how to teach others and instill confidence in them. This second workshop challenged us to go above and beyond what is written on the printed page.  We were given much information to digest and practice.  I know that I have a long way to go but I have made progress in just the four days I have been home.  After each workshop, I have come away a better player who is inspired to learn.  Thanks Brett.  I'll look forward to seeing you again for some more inspiration!!
                                                                 Sue Blackburn, Indiana

Brett offered large doses of encouragement and support.  He took his time and when anyone fell behind, he stopped and made sure everyone understood the lesson and was with the class.  
                                                                 Curt, Fairfield, OH

Thank you for the workshop.  I left the workshop knowing that I could come home and put what I’d learned to use.  Instead of once again playing a piece of music that someone else has arranged, I can now learn a tune, put appropriate chords with that tune, and then provide the back-up and rhythm that I want rather than what someone else has chosen.  Your method of teaching was simple and made sense.  I’ve always thought I had to memorize many things to have this knowledge but you’ve made it practical and sensible.
                                                                 Alice Richmond, Cincinnatti, Ohio

Thanks again for having such a great workshop.  You have a great way of explaining things, making it very simple to understand. You give a great deal of information - and I've already applied it to some of the songs I've been playing, what a difference it makes!  I've even thought of a few more things to do with a song that you didn't cover, but what you did was get the brain thinking, and now we can create our own songs - how awesome is that!?!
                                                                 Ruth Wright, Aurora, Ohio

 I am a beginner and so I wasn't sure that it would be fruitful for me to attend this early in my learning but I had no trouble following and understanding.  I got much more out of it than I had anticipated.  Brett is a great teacher.  He does his best to make you feel confident in what you are learning, and his style of teaching lets the material just click.  Given the opportunity, I will take more workshops from Brett.
                                                                 Laura Smith, Ohio

Just wanted to write a note of thanks for the great dulcimer workshop you put on last weekend! It was very informative and helpful. I have been to a couple of others, but I must say I got the most from your workshop. I really love your Hammered Dulcimer CD lessons, also. I want to purchase the rest of them when I am able to. Thanks again! Please know that if you ever hold another dulcimer workshop in the area, I will  be there.
                                                                 Kathy McGinnis, Ohio

Thank you for a wonderful workshop...it was wonderful to be making music so fast. The time just sped by, and you certainly gave us enough to go home and practice.  I look forward to coming to future workshops with you.
                                                                 Thanks again, Cynthia
                                                                 Long Island, NY

I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed the workshop and I learned SO much! It was just what I needed to get off to a good start with my dulcimer, plus it was a lot of fun. I'm really glad I was able to come. Thank you!
                                                                Sharon Gartley, Ohio

2 Workshops in One!
Saturday, March 22
Seffner, Florida
10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
"I just attended on of Brett's workshops at Dulcimer Days in Coshocton. I learned more in one hour with Brett than I learned in a 3 day workshop in Gettysburg, Pa. I am  very pleased with his easy and to-the-point teaching methods. I'll be attending many more of his workshops in the future. Kudos to you, Brett for a great workshop!"
                                                                                                                      Tammy, Wooster, Ohio