Janet Herman's Workshops

Strum & Hum (Advanced Beginner)

Got chords but not always sure what to do with them?  In this class we’ll talk about back up for songs and practice strumming patterns for a variety of time signatures and styles.
(If you have a song you want help on please contact me by July 15 at fasola@cruzio.com and I’ll try to include it in the workshop).

Great Songs in 3/4 Time (Intermediate)

What is one thing Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Bill Monroe, Richard Thompson, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Iris DeMent and other icons of the Folk Festival circuit have in common?They've all recorded great, affecting songs in 3/4 time. We'll sing some of these gems while exploring the emotional effects of chord coloring and variations in tempo. Please bring a capo.

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.