THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL
24th Annual ... held at Recreation Unlimited, Ashley, Ohio

March 4 - 8, 2015

 

   

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Past Buckeye Dulcimer Festivals          2014          2013          2012          2011 (20th)         Before the 20th 

 

WELCOME TO THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL WEBSITE!

 

WE ARE SO HAPPY, HERE, AT BUCKEYE 'CENTRAL'.
 


Weekend Schedule:
  We're building the schedule right here on the website.  Here's what we have so far.

 
Registrations:  Registrations have just been fantastic, but there's always room for more.  If you are an experienced player, Buckeye would be a tremendous opportunity to bring along a friend ... a newbie.

With the opportunity for 10 hours of instruction during the extended session on Thursday and Friday, a 'new player' can make serious strides in moving to the next level, whether it be on the mountain dulcimer, hammer dulcimer, or (this year) the ukulele.

The early bird registration concept was an overwhelming success with many folks taking advantage of the savings and registering before the holidays.  Now, we just need to concentrate on great weather with an early spring.
2015 T-Shirt:   Don't miss out on this one ... so eye catching and it tells the story.  

Brochure:   To view or print, click here.
Registration Form:  To view or print as PDF, click here ... from registration webpage, click here.

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If you are on our mailing list, you should have received your brochure and
registration form around October 30.   If you did not receive the mailing, email us
and we'll get it in the mail ASAP.

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2015 T-Shirt/Sweatshirt will be burgundy featuring another of
Jan Hammond's wonderful designs. 
(Posted:  11/4/14)

       

 

We're building the BDF workshop weekend schedule - Tentative.    Watch as instructors send us their input.
Don't forget ... All-Day Beginner Classes for mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and autoharp. BRING A FRIEND!

 

Mountain Dulcimer
Past Beginner

Mountain Dulcimer
Intermediate

Mountain Dulcimer
Intermediate

Mountain Dulcimer
Advanced

Hammered Dulcimer
Past Beginner

Hammered Dulcimer
Intermediate

Hammered Dulcimer
Advanced

Autoharp
Intermediate

Special Sessions

ALL - DAY
Continuous Sessions

Session 1: 
      
9:00 – 10:15
LET'S WORK on FINGERING CHORDS 
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Louise Ziegler

TBA

 

 

Joe Steiner

ENSEMBLES AND DUETS
This workshop is great for improving your sight-reading and timing skills as well as an easy and fun way to experience the musicality of multi-part performance.  The arrangements will offer two, three and four part arrangements for standard dulcimers; if you have a bass dulcimer by all means bring it too!  Come tuned  to D A D

Janita Baker

"LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH"
Learn this beautiful tune in a chord/melody style, compose your own chord back-up arrangement and play it together in parts... peaceably of course. (Mixolydian mode and knowledge of standard chord shapes)
Jan Hammond

 
TBA

 

 

Chris Steiner

THE SILVER SPEAR

We’ll have fun learning this quick reel which is a staple of the Irish music repertoire. Students will learn by ear and repetition, with written notation also pro-vided. Use of a record-ing device is highly recommended.
Ruth Smith

SHENANDOAH FALLS

Students will learn to play several versions of this popular fiddle tune that comes up in many jam sessions!
The class will cover many embellishment and hammer technique choices that work with the tune.
Jess Dickinson

NOW FOR THUMB-THING ELSE
The thumb is often relegated to pounding out the bass rhythm. We’ll explore how the thumb can take the lead in playing melody and help with picking up the pace to play a faster tune.

Rick Fitzgerald

INTRODUCTION to CLAWHAMMER BANJO

Steve Smith will start from scratch on the claw-hammer banjo. 

This double session is geared to the new player or one that is just getting started.


Please plan on staying for both sessions until lunch. 


Let us know if you would like to borrow a banjo.

Beginner - Mountain Dulcimer (Instructor - Ricki Spicer)

 

Beginner - Hammer Dulcimer (Instructor - Doug Daegele)

 

Beginner - Autoharp (Instructor - Phyllis Davis)


 

Session 2: 
    10:30 - 11:45
SEPTEMBER ON THE MISSISSIPPI

September On The Mississippi is an original composition for dulcimer by Larry Conger from 1994. The tune features a flowing melody and rich, color chords but is deceptively easy to learn. The tune is a great way to begin learning the chord-melody style of playing the dulcimer. DAD tuning.
Larry Conger

TBA

 

Joe Steiner

"MY 70's" 
Receive tab and learn two tunes from
my 1970's. These are arranged in a chord/melody style. We'll learn how to find the notes you need on the melody, middle and bass string within a chord shape. This helps maintain tone and smoothes out our playing. We'll be in the Mixolydian mode. One tune requires a capo, but if you can work out of a barre chord, you'll be okay. The other song has a note on the 1-1/2 fret, but don't fret, we can work around that one too, with an alternative chord. (Take Me Home Country Roads and I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing
Jan Hammond

FINGERPICKING REPERTOIRE

This workshop is designed to enhance your fingerpicking skills with melodic arrangements of classical, traditional and old time fiddle tunes and perhaps a few surprises.  The arrangements will be selected to offer experienced fingerpickers songs to both challenge and advance your skill level. Come tuned D A D.
Janita Baker

 
TBA

 

 

Chris Steiner

A LOVELY CANADIAN WALTZ
Duet Arrangement


 

 

 

 

Joyce Harrison

FIDDLE TUNE TECHNIQUES
Students will learn different and interesting ways to play the last two measure of the A-1, A-2, B-1, and B-2 parts of fiddle tunes to give them that “Irish” or “fiddle” sound. We will concentrate on “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” “Arkansas Traveler,” “Mississippi Sawyer,” and/or other tunes  selected by the class.
Caution:
We will NOT learn to play all these tunes; time would not permit! But we will learn to insert the embellishments.

Jess Dickinson

SINGING WITH YOUR AUTOHARP  It’s All About YOU! 
There is perhaps no other instrument quite like the autoharp in terms of having the ability to reflect the mood and emotion in tender song – or to step all over it.
We’ll look at ways to use the ‘harp to bring the most out of your vocal arrangement, as well as how to find the key that is best suited to your voice. 
Rick Fitzgerald

Session 3:
     1:15 - 2:30
INTRODUCTION TO FINGERPICKING
For those with little or no experience, this class will cover both left and right hand techniques for fingerpicking the mountain dulcimer.  We’ll start with very simple introductory songs and work up to more intricate (but not necessarily more difficult) arrangements.  Using a variety of musical styles the class will work on both pattern and melodic finger-picking techniques. Come tuned D A D

Janita Baker
TBA

 

 

Gary Sager

TBA

 

 

Joe Steiner

TWISTED TUNES Rocky Top as a jig? Arkansas Traveler as a waltz? This class will take familiar tunes and "twist" them into something other than the way they were originally intended. The result is a fun way to perform familiar songs, adding interest for the listener while challenging the player.
Larry Conger

 

TBA

 

 

 

Chris Steiner

FAREWELL TO WHISKEY
This pretty Scottish lament will help us learn more about the strathspey including the Scottish snap - how it should be played and embellished. You’ll have the music to take home with you, but please bring a recording device to help you remember all that we cover in this advanced class.
Ruth Smith

VOICES of the AUTOHARP
Diatonic/Chromatic....
You will learn to separate autoharp melody into 3 parts, breaking away from the "wall of sound" that is heard when several 'harps play melody at the same time. You will also learn to use various enhancements to the harmonies to create a really pretty ensemble piece.
Mary-Jo Ward

 

INTRODUCTION to UKULELE

This session is focused on folks that are interested in learning about the ukulele.  Steve will be teaching the very basics of the instrument especially for folks that were not able to attend the more comprehensive extended session.
Bring yours or borrow one to explore this instrument.  We'll have several loaners.
Steve Smith

Session 4: 
    
2:45 – 4:00
ENSEMBLE ARRANGEMENTS (all levels welcome)

 

 

 

 

 

Louise Ziegler

Gary Sager

"50's Revisited"
Learn two tunes from the late 50's. These are arranged with the chord/melody style, in the Mixolydian mode. We'll learn how to find the notes you need on the melody, middle and bass string within a chord shape.
[Let It Be Me and Que Será Será (2 versions)]

Jan Hammond

 

THE MOVEABLE CAPO  
Instead of using a capo, this class will show you how to use your last three fingers as a moveable or adjustable capo while allowing your thumb and index finger to create a melody out in front of the "capoed" position. This technique allows you access to all of the frets on the dulcimer because the fingers can be removed whenever needed, unlike a real capo. Some of the tunes that have been taught in the past include "June Apple" "Home With The Girls In The Morning" and "Lonesome John." This class is a fun challenge.

Larry Conger

  LET'S LEARN TO PLAY THE TWELVE-BAR BLUES!
It’s not as difficult as some think to play the blues on hammered dulcimer. We will learn 12-bar blues accompaniment and lead patterns for such tunes as “Stormy Monday Blues,” “Milk Cow Blues,” and “St. Louis Woman Blues.”
Jess Dickinson

I WONDER AS I WANDER
Learn the hauntingly beautiful winter favorite “I Wonder as I Wander.” We’ll study 4 different chord-based variations of the melody and sneak in a little hands independence as well as playing with greater expression.   Students will learn by ear and repetition, with written notation also provided. Use of a recording device is highly
recommended. 
Ruth Smith

PREPARING FOR A CONTEST
In this session we will review the criteria by which contests like those at The Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield) and Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gatherings are judged, cover some tips for improving your arrangements and how to get yourself ready to play your best.

Rick Fitzgerald
   
Open Stage: 
     4:15 - 4:45
 
Hootenany: 
     4:45 - 5:15
 


 

Here's just an idea of what to expect at Buckeye 2015.
 

OVERVIEW OF THE FULL Buckeye Dulcimer Festival 4-DAY EXTENDED SCHEDULE:

The festival/camp edition will start with WEDNESDAY night's  (March 4, 2015) orientation, skits, jamming, and more. 

We'll continue on THURSDAY & FRIDAY (March 5 & 6, 2015) with 5 hours of intensive instruction each day on the 
Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Autoharp (intermediate), Ukulele and 'Band~It' group,
evening instructor-led jams, participant open stage and a special. 
 


                                                                                                                                                                                             

FRIDAY
(March 6, 2015) at 4 pm, we'll gather for a special activity to wrap up the extended session.  

During late afternoon on
FRIDAY, we welcome our weekend participants and start to
convert to a festival format including shopping with our vendors and Friday night concert with
jamming afterwards. 
 (March 6, 2015)

SATURDAY (March 7, 2015)
                    
A FULL MINI WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:   featuring four 75-minute sessions for mountain dulcimer; hammered dulcimer; autoharp; 

                                                                                                              
        
BEGINNER/NEW PLAYER Classes:

Mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and autoharp. 
These 3 1/2 hour classes will provide the basic technique, repertoire, and ideas for jamming with others.

--- All-day (3 1/2 hour) open jam in the Dining Hall
--- Evening concert with jamming afterwards

SUNDAY (March 8, 2015) morning Gospel Sing, raffle drawing, and Good-Byes

HOUSING ... STAY WITH US AT RECREATION UNLIMITED ...
MOTEL IT! ... COMMUTE FROM HOME.

Questions on RU onsite housing:   There are 3 cabins (A, B, and C) that consist of two wings with a large lounge and restrooms in the central area.  Each cabin can house approximately 48 participants ... 24 in each wing.  
Cabin B has been designated as our 'couples' cabin.  Gentlemen are housed in one wing and ladies in the other.  

Each year, I'm amazed at how folks 'build their nest' in the cabins. 

Included in your confirmation letter, you'll find a listing of things that will make your stay a pleasant one. 

If this modified dorm housing setup is not for you, there is a list of area motels with special rates posted on the HOUSING page.  Be sure to mention that you'll be attending the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival for these rates.

SUMMARY ... BUCKEYE IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A FESTIVAL

What can't be expressed by looking at a schedule is the atmosphere of family and friendship that is 'Buckeye'. 
We feature the finest of instructors, yes, but we look for staff who are willing to give, tirelessly, of their time and talent for our participants.  Jamming can be one of the most rewarding or most frustrating experience for players. 
It is our goal to make that jamming experience, THE BEST!

BDF leadership as a lease group continues to work with Recreation Unlimited in keeping prices as
low as possible.   I'm not sure that there are many 4-day events that have kept the
overall cost including all program, lodging, and food for $350. 

We hope this all sounds great and that you'll join us for the 24th year of the
Buckeye Dulcimer Festival. 

DPN Ad, Fall 2014
Thanks to Dan and Angie

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