Mountain Dulcimer Weekend for Beginners
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Mountain Dulcimer Weekend for Beginners - Begins July 19th from 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Price: $83
Workshop Instructor: Judson Steinback

Beginners will learn how simple and rewarding it can be to play the mountain dulcimer. We will focus on dulcimer fundamentals that provide a solid foundation for all styles of playing. These include how to hold and tune the instrument, simple exercises to develop the tiny muscles in our hands and fingers required for smooth and fun playing, how to read basic tablature (tab), getting a great sound from the instrument, rhythm exercises, and more. This workshop will primarily be taught in D-A-D tuning, but other tuning possibilities will be discussed. We will also learn to play the standard tunes that most dulcimer players know and love, so you will be jamming in no time.

Schedule of Events for the “Weekend”:
Thursday, July 18th: The “weekend” begins with an optional “jam” open to the public, at the Russel Acton Folk Center – 212 West Jefferson Street from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Friday, July 19th: Instruction 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM; Break: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM. Free dulcimer concert open to the public, at the Berea Baptist Church, 310 Chestnut Street from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Saturday, July 20th: Instruction 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM; Break: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM. The “weekend” will end with a group jam session from 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM. Beginners, Just Past Beginners and Intermediate and Beyond levels will all join together in the Fellowship Hall at the Berea Baptist Church for this final jam.

• Location: Berea Baptist Church, 310 Chestnut Street

• Date/Time: July 19th AND July 20th from 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

• Break: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (1.5 hours)

• Total Hours: 12 hours

• Price: $83.00 (Includes copies of tablature.) (See Notes Below - Participants MUST bring their own mountain dulcimer and other items. Books and CDs will be available for purchase.)

• Age: 10 & Up (Youth 10 – 18 MUST bring an Authorization to Transport Form and an Emergency Medical Consent Form, completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian, found at this Attendees Resources link.)

• Difficulty: Beginner

• Class Size: 20 Max

• Take Home: A good foundation of playing skills on the mountain dulcimer and copies of tablature.

• Notes: Participants MUST bring their own mountain dulcimer, a pencil with a good eraser and a music stand (these items will not be provided). Please feel free to bring a digital recording device. It is best to wear pants/dresses that have a rougher (rather than slippery) surface, such as blue jeans.

The instructor’s books and CDs will be available for purchase at the workshop.

• NOTE TO EDUCATORS: Educators attending this session will receive access to on-line cross-curricular resources, suggested classroom activities based on skills and concepts covered in session, and a certificate of participation for Professional Learning documentation.