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Fonda Fichthorn Apr 04, 2015 at 01:06 PM

Are there any other beginners going to the program April 2015?
Jan Potts Apr 04, 2015 at 02:20 PM

Fonda, about 25% of the attendees were in the beg. group last year, I think. They always seemed to be having a good time and were very supportive of each other's efforts...they made a LOT of progress through out the week, too! If you're just just starting out on the dulcimer, have never even seen one, or have not played for years, you will find lots of others in the same boat! Also, this is a very welcoming gathering of people. I was surprised how included I felt in everything last year, even though it was my first time and I didn't know anyone else there. Very friendly, helpful people! Great instructors, too!

MaryLee Welch Oct 25, 2014 at 08:06 PM

These posts seem to be about the 2014 program, so how was it? I hope to attend the April 2015 program. Also hoping Susan Trump will be there. I haven't been playing for 4 years due to health issues, and need to get back to playing again
Lora Abell Oct 25, 2014 at 09:47 PM

It was great and I am already looking forward to 2015. I do believe Susan will be there.
Jan Potts Jan 14, 2015 at 06:05 PM

Lora--glad to hear you'll be back again! MaryLee, you will find this to be a very welcoming group of people, encouraging but not pushy. I was new last year and had so much fun and learned a lot, too! I am also eagerly awaiting the announcement of instructors, hoping that Susan will teach the advanced class again this year. I hope you do come, Marylee--but register soon as I think it's filling up fast this year.
MaryLee Welch Jan 14, 2015 at 07:08 PM

UNfortunately, the dates conflict with plans we have already made. Ironically, we are going to Lexington KY the very next week! This will be for KY Agates and morel mushrooms and relatives. Then on to Virginia and the DC area to visit more relatives.Ah well, maybe there will be other programs to attend. RoadScholar or not.

Stanley Strauss Mar 27, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I am a beginner and would renting an instrument. How much? Also, is the rental also have an option to buy? Can you switch rental instruments while learning?
Jan Potts Mar 28, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Stanley, I'd be happy to loan you one for the program. If you like, I could bring 2 so you could try different ones. If you decided you wanted to buy one, I'm sure we could work something out, but otherwise it would be just a loan to a future player.
Jan Potts Mar 28, 2014 at 01:05 PM

I will also have a packet of picks, a noter, and a tuner to lend you.
Lora Abell Mar 28, 2014 at 01:13 PM

Glad you will both be there! Looking forward to meeting you. Stanley, the rentals may be cardboard or otherwise cheaper build. There will be lots of people willing to let you try their instruments so you can get a feel for the variety of makers out there. That way, if you decide to stick with it you can order a better instrument after you get home.
Stanley Strauss Mar 31, 2014 at 03:50 PM

Stanley Strauss Mar 31, 2014 at 03:51 PM

Jan, Thank you so much. My wife, Sandy, and I would really appreciate. I hope that this will be my entry into making music, as I am a total beginner and have no musical background. Again thank you so much and looking forward to meeting you. Stan
Jan Potts Mar 31, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Stan, I'm happy to do so...I was a beginner once, too! Will you be coming a great distance?
Stanley Strauss Mar 31, 2014 at 10:26 PM

We're coming from Long Island at the start of a 4 week road trip.
Jan Potts Mar 31, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Do you both need an instrument, or does Sandy already have one? I have plenty to share...
Jan Potts Mar 31, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I also have one strung up for left handers if either of you are left-handed.
Stanley Strauss Apr 01, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Neither of us have one. Sandy does something with the left and some things with right. Not sure how she plays the guitar since I have only occasionally seen her play. We are married less than a year. Thanks for all your help. StN
Jan Potts Apr 01, 2014 at 01:30 AM

No problem! I'll bring my lefty then, so she can see what works best for her, and then a couple others...and I'll put 2 noters in the bag with the picks and the tuner.
DIANE CORSON Apr 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Any chance RS will be offering this program again in 2014? We just missed the April session, but would like to join when it's offered again. We have five captive dulcimers stuck in a closet and we need to learn to play them!
Lora Abell Apr 17, 2014 at 02:48 PM

Hi, Diane, there is another dulcimer program in September in Ripley, WV--search the programs using the word "dulcimer" and you will find it. How did you end up with five dulcimers and who made them??

Jan Potts Feb 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Anybody from central Kentucky attending?
Alice Lora Feb 18, 2014 at 07:07 PM

Jan, I live in nw Ohio now, but I grew up in Jamestown, on Lake Cumberland. Alice Chumbley Lora
Alice Lora Feb 18, 2014 at 07:08 PM

Last year there were a few from the Lexington, Harrodsburg, Bardstown areas.
Jan Potts Mar 28, 2014 at 01:01 PM

I still haven't found anyone in the Lexington area who will be attending, but I'm prepared to be pleasantly surprised! I look forward to meeting you, Alice.
Alice Lora Mar 28, 2014 at 02:40 PM

Jan, very few participants check this discussion board, but I would be very surprised if there weren't several from the bluegrass area. Usually Clay Smith from Versailles is there & she's a very fine player as well as a lovely person. See you next week.

Lora Abell Feb 02, 2014 at 06:10 PM

I tried to post this under reviews, but it would't let me. I have been to this program four years in a row, but I would not have known anything about it if Susan Trump had not told me about it. She is one of the excellent teachers who make this week so worthwhile. Even if you have never touched a musical instrument in your life, you will be making music by the end of the week. And if you already know and love dulcimer music, your skills will be enhanced by the intense time spent in class. But this is a relaxed event also, with plenty of down time to enjoy the natural surroundings and each other's company. The meals are good home cooking well prepared and the accommodations are conveniently located right next to the center where the classes and dining are. The fact that so many people attend year after year tells you what a good week this is.
Jan Potts Mar 28, 2014 at 01:03 PM

This is my first time attending, Lora, and I appreciate this account of your past experiences. See you soon!

Alice Lora Dec 22, 2013 at 01:01 PM

WHO will be teaching in April 2014? This kind of information helps one decide whether or not to attend.
Lora Abell Feb 02, 2014 at 06:12 PM

The program has now been posted. Maureen Sellers, Nancy Johnson, and Susan Trump return, and Garry Gallier has been added to the faculty for 2014.
Jan Potts Feb 06, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Great lineup of instructors! Who else has signed up for Dulcimer Rendezvous?

Mary Ann Montgomery Jan 10, 2013 at 08:08 PM

Pam, I am attending as a dulcimer novice and looking forward to the experience. I am planning a road trip from Iowa and wonder if any other attendees might like to join me along the way.

Kathleena Vasinko Sep 27, 2012 at 06:28 PM

Has anybody attended this program?
Pat Smrdel Jan 05, 2013 at 08:33 PM

Would like to hear from someone who has attended. Wondering if many novices attend. I have never had my hands on a dulcimer but sounds like something I would like to try if there were others like me
Christine Kniesly Jan 08, 2013 at 08:07 PM

I have attended and it was great. Great instructors, beautiful, location and am returning again this year. Yes they do have beginners and the dulcimer is a great instrument to learn to play
Mary Ann Montgomery Jan 11, 2013 at 03:49 PM

Do you have any tips for us first-timers regarding items we should bring, etc?
Christine Kniesly Jan 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

if you play guitar, banjo, spoons, etc you could bring those for the jams. Otherwise just bring yourself and enjoy music, new friends, and beautiful scenery
Mary Ann Montgomery Feb 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Thanks for the help, Christine! I'll pack my little uke.

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