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The 5th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering
Saturday, June 11, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
$75/$85 after June 3
5th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering!
Saturday, June 10, 9am-4pm Workshops $75/$85 after 6/3/17
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering is for anyone interested in playing the mountain
dulcimer. This American folk instrument is enjoyed by beginner and master
alike, easily accessible to new players and adaptable to all genres of music.
Young and old can play a tune right away!
The Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering is fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts, providing non-profit support for bay area art projects of all types. To make a donation for our event, please write to email@example.com.
are the events for this year’s gathering:
Saturday, 6/10, 9am-4pm, workshops at the Freight, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley
Afterglow Jam, 4:30-6:30 (location tba)
6/11, 1-4pm, Workshop with Larry Conger at the Freight, 2020 Addison St.,
Our Faculty Concert will feature performances from Larry Conger, Steve Eulberg, Deborah Hamouris, Holly Tannen, Dusty Thorburn and the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra,. This performance is open to the public, so invite your family & friends for a night of good music.
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Class Offerings
Registration entitles you to 3 classes, participation in the Dulcimer Orchestra Grand Finale, and the Afterglow Jam. Once you register, you’ll receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org to select classes and receive other important info about the 5th Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering.
call the box office
at 510/644-2020, ext 0, or
mail a completed
registration form http://www.freightandsalvage.org/files/ClassRegistration.pdf
Class Period 1: 9:45AM-11AM
Mountain Dulcimer 101 with Dusty Thorburn (Complete beginner)
This workshop is for the absolute beginner; no experience with any musical instrument is necessary. We will learn the parts of the dulcimer, how to position the dulcimer on your lap, what to do with the right and left hands, and how to read tablature. We will then begin with multiple versions of a song or two, starting very simply and slowly adding new elements until lo-and-behold, we’re playing music together!
Use of the Capo with Larry Conger (Advancing Beginner/Intermediate)
DAD tuning In this class, Larry will present five short songs, all of which use the capo, to demonstrate the various places a capo can be used on the mountain dulcimer. The presentation will help guide you through the process of properly seating the capo as well as what sort of capos are available on the market today.
The Magical Moveable Chord with Holly Tannen (Beginners/Intermediate)
DAD or DDD tuning No tablature required, just a flatpick, three fingers and an optional thumb. I’ll show you how to play Goodnight Irene in the keys of D, G, and A without re-tuning.
Class Period 2: 11:15AM-12:30PM
Easy Old Time Tunes for Real Beginners with Deborah Hamouris (Beginner)
Choosing music from the American Old Time Fiddle repertoire you’ll get more melody string patterns under your fingers, with chord options for those who are ready for them. Just fun stuff to play alone or with others.
Elvis Love Songs with Larry Conger (Intermediate)
This class will explore 2-3 songs that are actually old, traditional melodies made popular by Elvis. Love Me Tender, I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You, and The Twelfth of Never will be presented as time allows.
Lullabies from Around the World with Dusty Thorburn (Beginner/Intermediate)
Lullabies are almost always pretty, gentle, and slow, making them perfect for the dulcimer and accessible to beginning players. We will learn a French lullaby, a Zulu lullaby from South Africa, a Spanish lullaby, an African-American lullaby, an Indonesian lullaby, and more if time allows. A few arrangements involve (optional) intermediate-level left-hand techniques but all are a within the range of a beginning player with minimal experience playing simple chords. All can be played either fingerstyle or with a flatpick. Warning: you may find yourself longing to curl up in your mother’s arms once again.
Noel New-Velet French Carol meets Dave Brubeck with Steve Eulberg (Advanced)
I’ve always loved the 12th century French Carol NOEL NOUVELET, but it really came alive to me when I explored using a capo at the 4th fret, strumming, finger-picking and then playing in 5/4 timing like Brubeck’s Take Five. This tune was selected for Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer, Vol 2.
Class Period 3: 1:40-2:55PM
Rennaisance & Medieval Music for Intermediate & Advanced players with Deborah Hamouris
Fingerpicking our way thru early music, we'll learn tunes from Europe. Courtly or pastoral, this music is pleasing to hands & ears. A capo is required.
Five Fingers On the Fretboard with Larry Conger (Advanced)
This workshop addresses the “moveable capo” meaning that, instead of using a capo, the player will learn to use his/her last three fingers to form a moveable barre chord while the thumb and index fingers play the melody in front of the barre chord. A fun challenge for those adventurous players. DAD tuning.
The Old Style: Melody Against Drones with Holly Tannen (Beginners)
Play by ear, chordlessly and tablessly. Jean Ritchie taught herself to play without written music - you can too. I’ll hand out a list of songs and tunes you can play without chords. If you can sing them, you can play them! Try a couple on your own, and we’ll learn some together, with and without a noter. DAd or DDd
Advanced Bluegrass with Steve Eulberg (Advanced)
Bluegrass on the Mountain dulcimer is not only possible but fun! We’ll review the importance of the Chop and Classic Bluegrass Licks, and then we’ll explore harmonies and soloing as we challenge mandolins for a place in the band! (DAd tuning, bring a capo)
Class Period 4: 3:05-3:30PM
Dulcimer Orchestra Sectionals
Instructors will lead separate rehearsals for our Dulcimer Orchestra Grand Finale. You may choose the level you are comfortable playing.
3:40-4:00PM Dulcimer Orchestra Grand Finale – Larry Conger
We will join together in the lobby to play our piece, ending the day in grand style!
This workshop will present various arrangements that will focus on economy of movement and consistency of fingering while addressing various embellishments that should make your playing smoother and more comfortable. Come prepared to learn major and minor chords in DAD tuning and discuss their most efficient fingering. Several tunes will be used to reinforce these concepts.
All instructional materials will be provided, including tab for the visual learner and MP3 audio tracks for the auditory learner. Some tunes will be challenging for the advancing beginner but should help to facilitate your advancement to the intermediate level and beyond.
Handy items to bring include a music stand, pencil, eraser, highlighter, capo, picks and extra strings.