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North Carolina

An Introduction to the Lap Dulcimer

Join your expert instructor and other beginner musicians at a tranquil lakeside retreat for an introduction to playing the dulcimer and learn about its roots in this Appalachian region.
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Program No. 23126RJ
Length
6 days
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699
North Carolina

An Introduction to the Lap Dulcimer

Join your expert instructor and other beginner musicians at a tranquil lakeside retreat for an introduction to playing the dulcimer and learn about its roots in this Appalachian region.
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6 days
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699
Program No. 23126 RJ
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At a Glance

The dulcimer is an entirely American invention – first appearing in the Appalachian region’s Scotch-Irish communities in the early 19th century and brought to national popularity by folk musician Jean Ritchie in the 1950s. Delve into the history and cultural significance of this stringed instrument as you learn how to play it! Practice tuning, strumming and playing simple folk tunes during daily instruction and independent practice time. Plus, enjoy evening entertainment and field trips to learn about the Appalachian region.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a week designed for beginners, and no musical experience is necessary. Instruments will be provided or you may bring your own.
  • Take in a hammered dulcimer performance by a National Hammered Dulcimer Champion.
  • Practice the skills you learn throughout the week during a jam session with your fellow musicians.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Tlhe Dulcimer Book
by Jean Ritchie
This book teaches beginners how to tune and play the dulcimer, and features illustrations, drawings, and recollections of the dulcimer's local history. It also includes music and lyrics for 16 songs from The Ritchie Family of Kentucky. Contents: Bachelor's Hall ~ Barb'ry Ellen ~ Dear Companion ~ Go Tell Aunt Rhodie ~ Goin' Down Town ~ Goin' to Boston ~ Ground Hog ~ O Johnny's on the Water ~ Old Betty Larkin ~ Old Joe Clark ~ Over the River, Charlie ~ Pretty Betty Martin ~ Pretty Polly ~ Pretty Saro ~ Shady Grove ~ What'll I Do with the Baby-O?





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