November 17 – 20, 2016 - NGFDA Fall Festival at Unicoi, Helen, Georgia
It is an honor to be invited to be back on the faculty at this gem of a music festival! Always one of my favorite events, this festival is known far and wide as a wonderful combination of learning, sharing, jamming, and having fun in a beautiful setting. Those of you who have been here before know what I mean. If you have not been here before, you should mark your calendars now to attend this wonderful event. See you in the mountains of Georgia! You can find more information about the North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association and its Fall Festival at
February 9–12, 2017: 2017 Central Florida Dulcimer and Autoharp Gathering, Mount Dora, FL.
I am excited about heading back to Florida in February! This is a great festival and always a wonderful time… lots of music and fun! For further information contact Ruth Harnden at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 25, 2017: 18th Annual Midwinter Dulcimer Festival, Shelby, North Carolina.
This festival is sponsored by the Foothills Dulcimer Club of Shelby, NC. This one day Festival is special and offers excellent classes and concerts by the instructors in an intimate setting...perfect for learning and for fun! Come join us for a day of learning, playing, and hearing good music. For more information about this workshop, you can contact Joe Collins at: www.jcdulcimer.com.
March 8 – 12, 2017: 26th Annual Buckeye Dulcimer Festival, Ashley, Ohio.
What a treat to be going back to Buckeye dulcimer Festival in 2017! This is a very well run festival at friendly facilities. This unique workshop structure offers two days of more intensive skill level instruction (five hours each day with the same instructor), followed by a day with variety of workshop topics and instructors. This is a great place to hone your playing abilities. It’s also lots of fun and filled with a great camaraderie since all participants stay on site. For more information about this festival, please visit their website: www.buckeyedulcimerfestival.com.
May 25 – 28, 2017: Crooked Road Dulcimer Festival at Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia.
This sweet dulcimer festival is a program of Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Institute and Museum. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Ferrum College offer a beautiful setting for 2 days of learning and playing. Come join us for a great time! For further information, please see the website at: www.crookedroaddulcimerfestival.org.
July 23 – 28, 2017: Dulcimer U Summer Week at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina.
This week sets the standard for learning and improving your dulcimer playing. It is a unique blend of more personalized skill level instruction every morning and a wide variety of learning options in the afternoons. The campus at WCU provides a beautiful and supportive setting for this great dulcimer opportunity. This year I will be teaching the level III morning classes and I am very excited. We will really be focusing on improving the quality of your sound and the smoothness of your playing, and significantly expanding your skills. In 2017 you will be able to get more information at the festival website: www.wcu.edu/dulcimerU. Until then, you can also contact Larry Conger more information at: www.larryconger.com.
October 28, 2017: Cincinnati Dulcimer Society Fall Music Festival, Cincinnati, Ohio.
I am honored to be back in Cincinnati for their Fall Festival in 2017. This festival is well run, the students are very enthusiastic, the food is good (!), and the people in Cincinnati and the surrounding area show a real joy playing and making music. If you have never been to this festival before, I encourage you to check it out. If you have been there before, I look forward to seeing you again! You will be able to find further information at their website: www.cincinnatidulcimers.com.
Advanced Master Class
Right Hand Techniques
Left Hand Techniques
Improving Your Rhythm and Strum
Basic Principles of Dulcimer Playing
Smoothing Out Your Playing
Expressing Yourself Through Your Playing
Making a Tab Yours
Improving Your Sound
The Wonderful World of Chords
Improve your Chording
The Circle of Fifths Made Easy!
Improving Your Ear - Hearing and Listening
Hearing Chord Changes
Intervals and Ear/Finger Training
Adding Notes and variability to your Playing
Playing Tasteful Back-Up
Playing Duets and Ensembles
Playing Dulcimer with Other Instruments
Playing With a capo
Playing Above the 7th Fret
Exploring Aeolian Tuning
Exploring Alternate/Different Tunings
Playing Clawhammer/Old-Time Banjo
Beautiful Celtic Airs
Embellishing Celtic Airs
Songs of Stephen Foster
Lullabies from America and Around the World
Old Time Tunes in G, A, and C (as well as D)
Creative Old-Time Music
Expanding Your Old-Time Repertoire
Singing With the Dulcimer
Common and Not-so-common Old Time Songs
Playing 5 Equidistant Strings
How to Teach the Dulcimer (or Banjo)
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