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QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival

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A virtual dulcimer festival online at www.QuaranTUNEDulcimerFestival.com Elaine and I will be teaching workshops both Friday and Saturday.

Learn To Play "My Sweet Lady" with Elaine

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7:30 Eastern Daylight Time -- "My Sweet Lady" is one of John Denver’s most endearing songs from his 1971 album, “Poems, Prayers, and Promises.” The song also appeared in the 1973 TV movie, “Sunshine.”

This arrangement is suitable for the intermediate player who has a knowledge of the chord-melody style of playing. Use of 3-finger chords and playing in an arpeggiated fashion across the fretboard is required. Use of the 1+ is optional and ways to work around it are offered in the class. Participants will also receive and demo recording with accompaniment track.

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$15.00

Bass Dulcimer Skills with Elaine (Session 1)

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The bass dulcimer is a magnificent addition to the mountain dulcimer family and adds a needed foundation and tonal warmth to standard dulcimer groups and music jams. Perhaps you’ve been intrigued with its sound but haven’t quite figured out how to best utilize it yourself to its maximum potential. Although the bass can be played as a solo instrument, participants in this workshop will explore its strengths as an accompanying instrument especially in mimicking the techniques used by the upright or electric bass player. The class will focus mainly on the alternating bass line which fits the bulk of the traditional mountain dulcimer repertoire. Participants will learn what to do on the bass whether in 4/4, 3/4, or 6/8 time signatures and how to “get fancy” (walk-ups, walk-downs, etc.) between chord changes. References will be made to Elaine's bass book, "It's All About the Bass Dulcimer!" If you don't have a copy, you may purchase a digital download at https://larryconger.com/product/214739 When clicking on GET TICKETS, you will be redirected to Elaine's website.

$20.00

Learn To Play "His Eye Is On the Sparrow" with Larry

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An intermediate level online workshop dedicated to learning this great old gospel tune. Participants should be somewhat familiar with two and three finger chords as well as chord-melody style of playing. Upon registration, you will receive an e-mail receipt containing the class link and links to download the tab and audio rehearsal track.

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Learn To Play "You'll Never Walk Alone" with Elaine

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An online Zoom webinar for dulcimer devoted to learning one of the most inspiring anthems of our lifetime. From its beginnings as a show tune in 1945, its chart success for Gerry and the Pacemakers in 1963, its 46-year run as the closing song on Jerry Lewis' annual MDA telethon, to its current place as the UK-wide anthem for the current 2020 pandemic, this is one tune that has truly stood the test of time. Most recently, the lead singer of Mumford & Sons had recorded it before the COVID-19 outbreak with the intention of all proceeds going to charity, but he decided to push its release so it could bring comfort to the world as evidenced by his at-home performance on April 1st on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

The dulcimer arrangement requires a 1+ fret and is suitable for an intermediate player with a solid knowledge of chord shapes and 3-finger chords.

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$15.00

Bass Dulcimer Skills with Elaine (Session 2)

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This class takes your bass dulcimer skills beyond the alternating bass line pattern which fits with so much of the traditional dulcimer repertoire. Even though the alternating pattern is the foundational skill of all bass instrument players, man cannot live with just “boom, boom,” right? In this class, you’ll explore how to make the bass play “back up,” meaning in an accompaniment style while simultaneously adding bass lines. Participants will have additional bass line accompaniment patterns added to their vocabulary including walking bass lines and patterns that fit genres like blues, boogie woogie and rock ‘n roll. When you click on GET TICKETS, you will be redirected to Elaine's website.

$20.00

Learn To Play "The Impossible Dream" with Elaine

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7:30 Eastern Daylight Time -- Learn to play "The Impossible Dream," the inspirational song also called "The Quest" from the 1965 musical, "Man of La Mancha," by Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh. It's been covered by numerous artists, but the quintessential version in my book is by Robert Goulet. The dulcimer arrangement is in 9/8 and suitable for an intermediate player with a solid knowledge of chord shapes, 3-finger chords, and arpeggiated rhythms.

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$15.00

Standard & Bass Duets Book Coaching Session

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Elaine and I put out a duet book a couple of years ago, and folks have been asking about receiving instruction on how to play some of the pieces. We now have the opportunity for that! Although the collection is intended for the intermediate player, some of the arrangements are more challenging than others. Elaine and I will team-teach this class, so your questions about either part will be answered. If you don't own the book yet, here is the link for it in digital form: https://larryconger.com/product/277856 When you click on GET TICKETS, you will be redirected to Elaine's website.

$20.00

Learn To Play "And I Love Her" with Larry

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This is a repeat of an April 17 online workshop. An intermediate level webinar focused on learning The Beatles "And I Love Her" from their "A Hard Day's Night" album. Due to copyright restrictions, participants must first purchase an authorized copy of the tab from my Sheet Music Plus page for $4.99 (see SMP link at the top of this page), then e-mail a copy of the receipt to dulcimerican@gmail.com before registering for the class.

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Learn To Play "Turn! Turn! Turn!" with Elaine

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7:30 Eastern Daylight Time -- Learn this classic Pete Seeger song made famous by The Byrds in 1965. The lyric is basically the first eight verses of the third chapter of Ecclesiastes which can serve to give us hope in this time of uncertainty.

The arrangement is suitable for the intermediate player who has a solid knowledge of chord shapes and 3-finger chords. Somewhat difficult rhythms are involved like syncopation and quarter note triplets. Participants will also receive a practice recording.

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$15.00

Learn To Play "Hallelujah" with Elaine

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This song, written and recorded in 1984 by the late Canadian singer/songwriter, Leonard Cohen, has become a new classic in films, TV soundtracks and talent contests in addition to being covered by many other artists. It's newfound popularity is thanks to it being used in the 2001 film "Shrek" and on American Idol in 2008.

The arrangement is appropriate for the advancing intermediate player with knowledge of chord shapes, 3-finger chords, and picking across the strings in an arpeggiated fashion. The song is in 12/8 time signature and in the key of G; therefore, a 1+ fret is required. Participants will receive a practice recording.

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$15.00

Learn To Play "Climb Every Mountain" with Elaine

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7:30 Eastern Daylight Time -- Learn to play "Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” the inspirational Rodgers and Hammerstein classic from the 1959 musical, "The Sound of Music." The dulcimer arrangement is in the key of G and requires a 1+ fret. It is suitable for the intermediate to advancing intermediate player who has a solid knowledge of chord shapes, 3-finger chords, and picking across the strings in an arpeggiated fashion. Several places in the song require quick chord changes and reverse slant chords.

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$15.00

Learn To Play "My Heart Will Go On" with Elaine

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7:30 Eastern Daylight Time -- This theme song from the blockbuster movie, "Titanic," has become Canadian singer Celine Dion's signature song.

The dulcimer arrangement is suitable for the intermediate player who has a solid knowledge of chord shapes, 3-finger chords, and picking across the strings in an arpeggiated fashion. Participants will receive a practice recording.

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$15.00

Learn To Play "I Will Always Love You" with Elaine

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7:30 Eastern Daylight Time -- Learn to play "I Will Always Love You,” the classic song written and recorded by Dolly Parton as a farewell to her singing partner, Porter Wagoner, when she left his TV show. The song was made even more commercially successful with the Whitney Houston version recorded for the 1992 movie, “The Bodyguard.”

The dulcimer arrangement is suitable for the intermediate player who has a solid knowledge of chord shapes, 3-finger chords, and picking across the strings in an arpeggiated fashion. Participants will receive a practice recording.

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$15.00

Learn To Play "Smoky Mountain Rain" with Elaine

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7:30 Eastern Daylight Time -- This is one of Ronnie Milsap's best known songs and his 16th number one hit. It became Tennessee's 8th state song in 2010, probably because the story line references Knoxville and Gatlinburg.

The arrangement is suitable for the intermediate level player with a knowledge of three finger chords and chord-melody style of playing. The primary challenge will be smoothing out the rough spots with numerous hammer-ons, pull offs, and slides. It requires a 1+ fret due to a temporary modulation in the bridge. Participants will receive a practice recording.

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$15.00

Learn To Play "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" with Elaine & Larry

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7:30 Eastern Daylight Time -- From The Beatles 1968 "White Album" this arrangement is intended for mountain dulcimer duet in 1-5-8 or DAD tuning. There is a part for standard dulcimer and bass dulcimer. The standard dulcimer makes use of a 1+ fret. Don't have a bass dulcimer? A second standard dulcimer can easily play the bass part. Also, the standard dulcimer part can stand alone as a solo.

The arrangement is best suited for the intermediate level player with a working knowledge of three finger chords and chord-melody style. The biggest challenge to learning the piece will be understanding and playing the various syncopated rhythms found throughout the song. Participants will receive a practice recording.

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$15.00

Learn To Play "To Make You Feel My Love" with Elaine

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7:30 Eastern Daylight Time -- "Make You Feel My Love" was written by Bob Dylan in 1997 as an album cut, but was released first as a single by Billy Joel with the title "To Make You Feel My Love." It has been covered many times since, including Garth Brook’s version in the 1998 movie “Hope Floats,” and by Adele in 2008.

A dulcimer with a 1+ fret will be required to play this piece.

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$15.00

Duet Dulcimer Retreat

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Lake Barkley State Resort Park, 3500 State Park Road, Cadiz, Kentucky

This retreat features a weekend of dulcimer duets for the intermediate level mountain dulcimer player. All workshops, meals and accommodations take place inside the Lake Barkley Start Park lodge.Take advantage of the early bird discount by registering now. Reserve your lodge room separately by contacting Lake Barkley State Park at https://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/lake-barkley or call them at 270-924-1131. Mention group code 2614 to receive a special rate on your room.

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Gatlinburg Dulcimer Hymnposium

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Black Bear Inn, 1100 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED DUE TO MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT. YOU CAN REQUEST TO BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST BY SENDING LARRY AN E-MAIL AT DULCIMERICAN@GMAIL.COM

The second annual hymn weekend with Elaine and Larry Conger will be dedicated to learning and playing great old hymn and gospel tunes on the mountain dulcimer. Designed for the intermediate level mountain dulcimer player.

Registration is now open. Take advantage of the early bird discount.

The Black Bear Inn in downtown Gatlinburg will be our host. You will need to make your lodging reservations separate from your workshop reservation by calling 800-933-0777 or visiting them online at www.blackbeargatlinburg.com Use Group Code 56740 to receive a special group rate on your room.

No refunds after April 1, 2020.

Register by clicking on the blue box below.

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