Mountain Dulcimer Weekend for Just Past Beginners
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Mountain Dulcimer Weekend for Just Past Beginners - Begins July 19th from 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM - Price: $83
Workshop Instructor: Judy House

This Just Past Beginners workshop is designed to move and improve your dulcimer playing to the next level. This workshop will be taught in D-A-D tuning. We will begin with an overview of basics on becoming a better player. The workshop will then focus on chords and chord accompaniments, efficient fingering, smoothing out your playing and melody/chord style playing. We will also learn how and when to use a capo. Music will include various genres from fiddle tunes to waltzes. Join us for a fun weekend of learning and expanding your repertoire!

Prerequisites: Participants should already know how to hold, tune and strum their dulcimers, have had an introduction to basic chords and be familiar with reading tablature.

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 handouts and 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 (Just Past Beginners – See Notes Below)

• Class Size: 35 Max

• Take Home: A better understanding of the basics of becoming a better dulcimer player, skills to add chords to your playing, ability to join in jams with more confidence, handouts and copies of tablature.

• Notes: Participants MUST bring their own mountain dulcimer, a pencil with a good eraser, a capo, 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.

Prerequisites: Participants should already know how to hold, tune and strum their dulcimers, have had an introduction to basic chords and be familiar with reading tablature.

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.