I am so going to be going to the next one. I've played Ren tunes but not on a dulcimer. Had to be a really interesting session indeed.
Steve's a peach, and I love working with him. Excellent teacher. It's fortunate you got to be with us, but unfortunate that your teacher back home got sick. Hope she's OK.
I first learned Renaissance and Medieval music from the late Roger Nicholson's books and recordings. He really knew that style of music and a lot of other traditional English and European music. Tunes like "Allington Pavan," "Wyatt's Galliard," "La Volta," "Packington's Pound," mostly fingerpicked. I was a new player and these tunes certainly taught me a lot about left-hand fingering.
Here's Steve's description of his class last year that students signed up from:
"MEDIEVAL, ELIZABETHAN AND RENAISSANCE STYLE MUSIC FOR MOUNTAIN DULCIMER, with Stephen Seifert. Intermediate. Starting tuning DAD. Bring a capo. Stephen will walk you through Medieval melodies, Elizabethan lute pieces, and tunes from the Massif Central Region of France. Sound hard? They're not. Many of these tunes seem as if they had been written for the dulcimer. Stephen will also cover strumming, fingerpicking, and fingering techniques helpful in playing this music."
Glad you adjusted and got to like playing the music.