early morning coffee out at 6:30 a.m. Join us from 7:30 - 7:45 for early morning stretches with Martha Nelson.
Breakfast served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room
On Monday morning we will learn the history and background of the dulcimer, its place in the music of the Appalachians and be introduced to the legacy of Jean Ritchie. After a quick demonstration and explanation of playing technique, you will begin to explore the notes of the scale on the fretboard, basic strumming technique and a simple tune or two Mid morning, we'll have a refreshment break in the lobby, We'll return to class after the break where we will talk more about learning styles, using the ear and reading simple tablature. Then begin to enjoy making music, putting into practice basic strumming and noting techniques.
Lunch is served from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room
The afternoon will begin with a review of playing technique and any tunes that were introduced in that session. Continue to develop basic playing skills as we explore some simple folk tunes. There will be time allotted for individual practice. After class, there will be free time or you may participate in a guided walk around Montreat
Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room
7:00 Our evening program will feature Joshua Messick. A North Carolina-based National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Joshua breathes new life into an ancient, enchanting instrument. Creativity flows with dynamic passion as he weaves progressive, cinematic stylings & modern techniques into traditional melodies, original compositions, & powerful improvisations. You will be inspired as Joshua plays World Fusion, New Acoustic, Classical, Folk, and Traditional Holiday Favorites. Games/cards and tv available in the lobby of the Inn for fellowship.