NEW TIME FRAME

THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL
held at Recreation Unlimited
Ashley, Ohio
 

#29 - APRIL 22 - 26, 2020    

#30 ...  APRIL 14 - 18, 2021

 



    

 
EXTENDED FESTIVAL SCHEDULE - April, 2020
Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon (April 22, 23, 24 until 3pm)
 
Stop by often to see the BDF festival extended, weekend, and Saturday mini-workshop schedules develop.
 
 

BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL 2020
EXTENDED SESSION SCHEDULE  
 

April 22 (Wednesday) starting with 3:00 pm registration, Thursday, and ending  

April 24 (Friday) with the conclusion of extended classes at 3:30 pm
 

WEDNESDAY (April 22)

2:00 pm     Participant Registration (Dining Hall)
2:00 pm     Pre-Festival Jamming in the Dining Hall
3:00 pm     Instructors' meeting (Welcome Center)
5:15 pm     BDF Flag Raising (Outside Flagpole)
5:30 pm     Dinner (Dining Hall)
6:30 pm     Festival Song Practice
                         Mountain Dulcimers ~ LIFE CENTER 153
                         Hammered Dulcimers ~ LODGE
7:15          Orientation, meet instructors, learn more about and ask questions about your extended class choice with your instructors,  and then join instructors for "FIRST" Jam (Lodge)
8:15 - 9:30 pm        Workshop Sessions:

NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE ~ Marsha Harris -  LC 144   The attraction of peaceful and captivating sounds  from the Native American flute provide personal expression to improvise and compose music. You will learn the basic pentatonic scale as well as breathing techniques. An A minor Native American flute is recommended so all can play together. You may bring your personal flute.  Ten loaner plastic flutes will be available. Beginner and Up
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HARP (Past beginner and above) ~ Lorinda Jones - ???    Celebrate the world harp congress in Cardiff Wales, July 2020.  Learn a Welsh Lullaby, and experience playing and improvising in Mixolydian mode on the harp, experimenting with I, IV, V, vii chord progression.

IPAD & Music - ForScore  ~ The Basics   (Instructor: Kay Wheeler)  Welcome Center - Conference Room
Find, upload and uset he IPAD (ForScore Program) to organize and play music. 
 

9:30 pm 'til ?           Jamming and Visiting in the Lodge and the Creative Center
10:30 pm - 6:30 am     Quiet Time in the Sleeping Cabins (Rest up – Bring earplugs)
11:00 pm - 7:00 am     Commuter's Instrument Storage (Welcome Center) off the breezeway.  Don't need to carry instruments back/forth from motels or home. Locked securely during this time.
 
The Lodge is open throughout the festival.  Feel free to jam, visit, and enjoy the snacks and fireplace.  (no curfew)
 

THURSDAY (April 23)

7:00  am             SUNRISE SHARING ~ Phyllis Davis ~ Morning Coffee and Wake Up ~ LODGE
7:30 - 8:30 am     Breakfast served (Dining Hall)

8:45 - 11:55 am     EXTENDED WORKSHOPS (Room Assignments are tentative.)

          Mountain Dulcimer
                         
  Past Beginner/Early Intermediate ~ Diane Hochstetler ~ Life Center #144
                           
Intermediate II ~ Marsha Harris  (Thursday)/Lorinda Jones (Friday) ~ Life Center #152
                           
Advanced ~ Lorinda Jones (Thursday)/ Marsha Harris (Friday) ~ Life Center #153

          Hammered Dulcimer
                           
Past Beginner/Early Intermediate ~ Chris Steiner ~ Welcome Center
                            Intermediate II ~ Tina Bergmann (Thursday) /Phyllis Woods Brown (Friday)  ~  Lodge

                           
Advanced ~ Phyllis Woods Brown (Thursday) / Tina Bergmann (Friday) ~ Creative Center

          Autoharp    Past Beg/Early Intermediate and above ~ Michael Poole ~ Cabin C Lounge

          Clawhammer Banjo (Past beg and above) ~ Joe Steiner ~ Cabin B Lounge

       
   
Band-It!      All acoustic instruments (Beyond Basics and above) ~ Shari Wolf  ~  Dining Hall 
 

 
12:00 NOON        LUNCH served (Dining Hall)  
1:15 - 3:00 pm     EXTENDED WORKSHOPS (Continued as above)  
4:00 - 5:00 pm     OPEN STAGE ~ Emcee:  Joyce Harrison  (Lodge)  
5:15     DINNER will be served, don't be late!  29 Years .... Let's Celebrate!    (Dining Hall)                
6:30 to 8:00 pm features instructor led jamming and special workshop sessions  
INSTRUCTOR LED JAMMING
          Beginner Slow Jam (Creative Center) ALL INSTRUMENTS ~ We'll play tunes we learned today and work on chords geared
                 to the newer/beginner player. (Leaders: Diane Hochstetler and Chris Steiner)
          A GRAND JAM (LODGE) or all acoustic (non-amplified instruments) Beyond Beginners and above ...
                 mountain dulcimers, hammered dulcimers, autoharps, clawhammer banjos, and any other acoustic
                 (non- amplified instruments.  (Leaders:  Shari Wolf, Joyce Harriso, nJoe Steiner, and more)
 
8:15 pm     REFRESHMENTS ~ LODGE (Come join us!)  
8:30 - 9:15 pm    Buckeye Under Ground  
THE REMAINDER OF THE EVENING:  
And then .... If you still want more, there will be a slower jam in the Creative Center and the faster jam in the Lodge. 
              Look for refreshments and snacks in the Lodge for the rest of the evening.
 
10:30 pm - 6:30 am     Quiet Time in the Sleeping Cabins  
11:00 pm - 7:00 am     Commuter's Instrument Storage (Welcome Center) off the breezeway.  Don't need to carry instruments
                                        back/forth from motels or home. Locked securely during this time.
 
   

FRIDAY (April 24)

 
7:00  am               SUNRISE SHARING ~ Phyllis Howard - Morning Coffee and Wake Up ~ LODGE
7:30 - 8:00 am       Breakfast served (Dining Hall)
8:45 - 11:55 am     Extended Workshops (Continued with Mountain Dulcimer and Hammered Dulcimer; teachers for Intermediate 2
                                     and Advanced Levels switching classes.
 
12:00 - 12:30         LUNCH served (Dining Hall)  
1:00 pm                Vendor Registration and setup  
1:15 - 3:00 pm       EXTENDED WORKSHOPS (Continued as above)  
3:00 pm                Weekend Registration Begins (These are participants that are joining us for the weekend.)  
4:00 - 5:00 pm       FESTIVAL SHOWCASE (Lodge)  .... Vendors Open (Dining Hall)  
4:00 - 6:30 pm       Vendors open (Dining Hall)  
5:15 - 5:45 pm       DINNER served (Dining Hall)   Dinner will be served during this time period, but the Dining Hall will be open for         shopping and visiting until 6:45 at which time the Dining Hall will be closed for the evening.            
6:30 pm                 Concert Doors Open (LODGE)  Be sure to have your badge with you.   
6:45 pm                 Vendors and Dining Hall close for the evening.   (Dining Hall will be locked for the evening.)  
7:00 pm                 Concert Featuring:  Country Strings ... Michael Poole .... BREAK ... Marsha Harris .... Tina Bergmann  
After the concert, there will refreshments and jamming in the Lodge, jamming in the Creative Center.
Jamming in the sleeping cabins until 10:30.
 
10:30 pm - 6:30 am    Quiet time in the sleeping cabins  
11:00 pm - 7:00 am    Commuter's instrument storage in the Welcome Center off breezeway (Locked seccurely from 11 pm to 7 am  



WEEKEND FESTIVAL SCHEDULE - 2020
Friday afternoon through Sunday morning including
the Saturday workshop schedule
 

FRIDAY:  The Weekend Schedule takes affect.  
All weekend participants are invited to join us from this point.

 
4:00 - 5:00 pm       FESTIVAL SHOWCASE (Lodge)  .... Vendors Open (Dining Hall)  
4:00 - 6:30 pm       Vendors open (Dining Hall)  
5:15 - 5:45 pm       DINNER served (Dining Hall)   Dinner will be served during this time period, but the Dining Hall will be open for         shopping and visiting until 6:45 at which time the Dining Hall will be closed for the evening.            
6:30 pm                 Concert Doors Open (LODGE)  Be sure to have your badge with you.   
6:45 pm                 Vendors and Dining Hall close for the evening.   (Dining Hall will be locked for the evening.)  
7:00 pm                 Concert Featuring:  Country Strings ~ Michael Poole < BREAK > Marsha Harris ~ Tina Bergmann  
After the concert, there will refreshments and jamming in the Lodge, jamming in the Creative Center.
Jamming in the sleeping cabins until 10:30.
 
10:30 pm - 6:30 am    Quiet time in the sleeping cabins  
11:00 pm - 7:00 am    Commuter's instrument storage in the Welcome Center off breezeway (Locked seccurely from 11 pm to 7 am  
 
 

SATURDAY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE - 2020 

Morning Jam in the Dining Hall - 9:00 to 11:50

Saturday NEW PLAYER/BEGINNER Sessions from 9:00 to 2:15   
ALL THESE CLASSES WILL BE HELD!
Mountain Dulcimer - Ricki Spicer  (Life Center - Room 144)
Hammered Dulcimer - Jill Nichols    (Dining Hall - Staff Kitchen)
Autoharp - Phyllis Davis (Welcome Center)
Harp - Phyllis Howard   (Welcome Center)

And MORE  ... four sessions for hammer and mountain, sessions for Harp, Autoharp (past beginners +) and more TBA

 

2020 Mini Workshop 'Tentative' Schedule .... Updated:  3/9/2020
This schedule may change as to offerings and locations as registrations give us direction.

SATURDAY, April 25


Time / Place

 

Mountain Dulcimer
Past Beginner/Early Intermediate
LIFE CENTER 152

Mountain Dulcimer
Intermediate/Advanced
LIFE CENTER - 153

INTRODUCTIONS and Other Instruments
CREATIVE CENTER

Hammered Dulcimer Past Beginner/Early Intermediate
CABIN A  LOUNGE

Hammered Dulcimer
Intermediate/Advanced
CABIN B LOUNGE

AUTOHARP
Early Intermediate and Above
CABIN C LOUNGE

LODGE

DINING HALL

 SESSION 1 

9:00 –
10:15 am

 

Making Your Waltzes Flow:

We'll use Tombigbee Waltz to explore ways to make your Waltzes more musical. We'll discuss phrasing and explore ways to give a waltz tune lift, like the dance which it accompanies.

Joe Steiner

Learn three game changers for the 1.5 fret:  Play in Dm, incorporate half steps, and Play in the key of G

Learning to USE, rather than AVOID, your 1.5 fret!

Gain an understanding how the 1.5 allows you to play in the Keys of G, D minor and D Major with chromatic notes


 

Lorinda Jones
 

BOWED DULCIMER
The mountain dulcimer was not only strummed and plucked, but also bowed.  Bring your bowed dulcimer and let’s learn a Gu-achi fiddle tune and a Finnish tune. Mountain dulcimer players are welcome to experience bowing. Using three strings on your mountain dulcimer makes it easier to bow. A narrow dulcimer is best with the middle string raised with a small piece of wood 1/8” to 3/16”. A few bows will be available or borrow one from a friend. Player should be familiar with their dulcimer
MARSHA HARRIS

OVER THE WATERFALL … In a BARREL

We will learn a popular jam tune,
and another not-as-familiar piece that create a cute little medley.

 

Chris Steiner

 

 

 

 

Tina Bergman

 

 

Michael
Poole

 

 

 

 

ALL INSTRUMENT Jam Session

After three days of instruction, are you ready to kick back and jam?  

 

 

Maybe, want to attend one workshop and then shop or jam?

 

 

Want to visit with friends and jam? Come and jam with us from 9 am until about 11:45.

SESSION 2 

10:30 –
11:45 am

 

June’s Lullaby and Hog-Eyed Man
In this workshop, you will learn an absolutely gorgeous lullaby that is beautiful whether it is strummed, flat-picked, or finger-picked. We will learn the tune, and as time permits, add some embellishments to add to make it even sweeter. Also, a wonderful old minor fiddle tune that will get your blood pumping! In the key of E minor, you will need a capo for this tune.

These tunes will be offered later in the day for Hammered Dulcimer, so they will be “club ready” with both hammered and mountain learning them!

Phyllis Woods - Brown

Crooked Fiddle Tunes
Count 4 and a little more

You may be used to playing in 4/4 time. But how about just maybe a couple extra beats or phrase. It seems syncopated, but not quite. Join me for a couple of great crooked fiddle tunes. Intermediate and up

Marsha Harris

Introduction to Clawhammer Banjo

This workshop is designed for those with no banjo experience. We'll focus on right hand technique, and use very simple left hand fingerings, as we learn a tune and discuss the ingredients of the old-timey sound.

Joe Steiner

Dulcimer as Accompaniment

When you don't know the melody or you don't want to be playing the melody like everyone else ... What to do when you are in a jam ... literally and figuratively.  If we have time, we will also collaboratively write a harmony piece for a familiar fiddle tune.



 

Chris Steiner

 

 

 

 

Tina Bergmann

 

Michael
Poole

12:00 to 1:00 LUNCH

SESSION 3

 1:15 –
2:30 pm

 

 

Introduction to Syncopation and Rags

We'll use a straightforward version of Pig Ankle Rag to introduce syncopation into your playing and simplify the right hand technique required to get that "ragged" rhythm we all love.

 

Joe Steiner

Mountain Dulcimer, Standard/Baritone/Bass Ensemble Class Experience  
Parts will be available for standard, baritone or bass dulcimers to create an experience of playing music in a dulcimer orchestra

Lorinda Jones

Intro to Marimbula and
Upright Bass

 

Joyce Harrison

A Tune With Friends,
Got Friends?

These catchy tunes have multiple parts
(melody, harmony, chords)
 and it’s always more fun when you share and play with others.

Chris Steiner

 

June’s Lullaby and Hog-Eyed Man

Come and learn the hammered dulcimer versions of a couple of tunes that some mountain dulcimer players learned in the morning session. Take them back to your clubs for the full experience!

The first is an absolutely gorgeous lullaby that has opportunities to really fill in with lovely chords, use of dynamics, and double stop runs! The fiddle tune is an old minor tune that sticks around in your head once you learn it. It’s a lot of fun to play, again with opportunities to get some chord runs in.

Phyllis Woods Brown

Michael
Poole

 

SESSION 4 

2:45 –
4:00 pm

 

   

Ban Jammer/Lap jo/Banjo Dulcimer

The instrument gives the sound of a banjo with a head made of mylar and the same fretboard set up as the mountain dulcimer. This banjo sound can add another element to your dulcimer group or just fun to play solo. You’ll learn some techniques to add to your playing to create a smooth banjo sound and a cohesive sound to your group. We’ll play some old time and Irish tunes.

Marsha Harris

Pennywhistle,
Intermediate Level


Learn to play some Irish dance tunes by ear. Tunes will be taught slowly and by rote. Music provided at end of session. 

Lorinda Jones

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tina Bergmann

Civil War Era Tunes

Some of my favorite tunes from the Civil War Era of fiddle tunes. In my opinion, some of the BEST dance tunes came from the 1800’s. A lot of them have been almost lost, and I’m on a mission to bring them back into the dulcimer world. If you would like to learn some really fine fiddle tunes, I’ll let the majority pick from “Sally Slapped Me With a Flounder”, “Gold Rush”, “Hunting the Buffalo”, and “John Brown’s March”, and we will learn as many as we can in the time that we have. I hope to see you there!

Phyllis Woods-Brown
 

 

4:15 to 5:00 CAKEWALK (Lodge)  Bring those quarters!
5:15 to 6:30 Dinner (Please be prompt)   (Dining Hall)
6:30 Doors Open For Evening Concert (Lodge)
6:45 Dining Hall and Vendors Close
7:00  Instructor Concert:  Chris & Joe Steiner ~ Lorinda Jones <Break> Phyllis Woods-Brown  ~ Buckeye Band  (Lodge)

 

Come to the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival ... learn from some of the best instructors in the country,
play lots of music, make life-long friends, and ... have a great time!   

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