THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL
28th Annual ... held at Recreation Unlimited
Ashley, Ohio

March 6 - 10, 2019         

 

 
EXTENDED FESTIVAL SCHEDULE - March, 2019
Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon
 
Stop by often to see the BDF festival extended, weekend, and Saturday mini-workshop schedules develop.
 
 

BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL 2019
EXTENDED SESSION SCHEDULE  
 

March 6 (Wednesday) starting with 3:00 pm registration, Thursday, and ending  

March 8 (Friday) with the conclusion of extended classes at 3:30 pm
 

WEDNESDAY (March 6)

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)
7:00 pm     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)
11:00 pm - 6:00 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 (March 7)

7:00  am            Morning Coffee and Wake Up ~ Dining Hall
7:30 - 8:30 am     Breakfast (Dining Hall)

9:00 - 11:50 am     EXTENDED WORKSHOPS (Room Assignments are tentative.)

          Mountain Dulcimer
                         
  Past Beginner/Early Intermediate ~ Diane Hochstetler ~ Life Center #144
                           
Intermediate II ~ Linda Brockinton (Thursday)/Aaron O'Rourke (Friday) ~ Life Center #152
                           
Advanced ~ Aaron O'Rourke (Thursday)/ Linda Brockinton (Friday) ~ Life Center #153

          Hammered Dulcimer
                           
Past Beginner/Early Intermediate ~ Pam Bowman ~ Cabin B Lounge
                            Intermediate II ~ Jody Marshall (Thursday) /Mark Alan Wade (Friday)  ~  Lodge

                           
Advanced ~ Mark Alan Wade (Thursday) / Jody Marshall (Friday) ~ Cabin A Lounge

          Harp    Intermediate and above ~ Allison Marshall ~ Creative Center

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

 
12:00 NOON        LUNCH (Dining Hall)  
1:30 - 3:30 pm     EXTENDED WORKSHOPS (Continued as above)  
4:00 - 5:00 pm     OPEN STAGE (Lodge)  
5:15     DINNER (Dining Hall)  Be prompt and be prepared to be pampered.               
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.
                     (Leaders:  Diane Hochstetler, Chris Steiner)
          Intermediate ALL INSTRUMENT Jam - Dining Hall     We'll play and sing a wide variety of music.
                     (Leaders:  Shari Wolf)
          Mountain Dulcimer Jam - Cabin B Lounge ~ Intermediate and above ... Jam focused on mountain dulcimer repertoire
                     (Leaders:  Aaron O'Rourke
)
          Hammered Dulcimer Jam - Lodge - Hammered Dulcimer Jam plus any others interested
                     (Leaders:  Joyce Harrison, Jody Marshall and Joe Steiner )
 
WORKSHOP SESSIONS:  
6:30 - 8:00 pm   Waltzing with the Autoharp (Intermediate and above) . We will waltz through a few tunes in 3/4 time.  Each song will be written in two keys (G and D).  Learn how to change keys for variety and interest in your playing.  We will concentrate on playing a clean, clear melody with added strums. (Instructor:  Phyllis Davis  (Life Center # ?)
 
6:30 - 8:00 pm     “Intro” to Harp  Welcome to the lever harp!!  This fun session will feature 2-3 harps (of various sizes) and will overview the instrument and its capabilities!  There will be a overview of the small harp in its historical context (particularly with regards to the historic harp in Ireland and Scotland), its revival in the UK and US as a folk instrument, and discussion on where the small harp is heading now!  There will be musical demonstrations, opportunity to “try a harp,” and Q&A.                                                             (Instructor:  Allison Miller  (Life Center #151)  
6:30 - 8:00 pm    Intermediate Pennywhistle   Next Steps:  This class will offer tips for whistle players who have a basic understanding of the instrument and are ready for the next steps. We'll cover tips like how to play more in tune, and a very doable introduction to performing traditional Irish ornamentation. We'll also learn a fun new tune to apply them as we go! 
 
6:30 - 8:00 pm   IPAD & Music - forScore for IPad, the Basics - Find, upload and use the IPAD to play and store music  
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.
 
11:00 pm - 6:00 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 (March 8)

 
7:00  am               Morning Coffee and Wake Up ~ Dining Hall
7:30 - 8:30 am       Breakfast (Dining Hall)
9:00 - 11:50 am     Extended Workshops (Continued with Mountain Dulcimer and Hammered Dulcimer; teachers for Intermediate 2
                                     and Advanced Levels switching classes.
 
NOON                   LUNCH (Dining Hall)  
1:00 pm                Vendor Registration and setup  
1:30 - 3:30 pm       EXTENDED WORKSHOPS (Continued as above)  
3:00 pm                Weekend Registration Begins (These are participants that are joining us for the weekend.)  



WEEKEND FESTIVAL SCHEDULE - 2019
Friday afternoon through Sunday morning including
the Saturday workshop schedule
 

FRIDAY:  The Weekend Schedule Starts. at this time. 
All weekend participants are invited to join us from this point.

 
4:00 - 5:00 pm       OPEN STAGE (Lodge)  
5:15 - 6:00            DINNER (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)  
6:45 pm                Dining Hall and Vendors close for the evening.  
7:00 pm                Concert Featuring: 
                                Country Strings ~ Allison Miller  <Break> Mark Wade ~ Linda Brockinton
 
After the Concert:        We'll have refreshments in the Lodge and then jam in the Lodge and Creative Center.  
11:00 pm - 6:00 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.  
 
 

SATURDAY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE - 2019 

Morning Jam in the Dining Hall

Saturday NEW PLAYER/BEGINNER Sessions from 9:00 to 2:15    ALL THESE CLASSES WILL BE HELD!
Mountain Dulcimer - Ricki Spicer
Hammered Dulcimer - Jill Nichols
Autoharp - Phyllis Davis

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

 

2019 Mini Workshop 'Tentative'Schedule
This schedule may change as to offerings and locations as registrations give us direction.


Time / Place

 

Mountain Dulcimer
Past Beginner - Early Intermediate
LIFE CENTER - 149
 

Mountain Dulcimer
Intermediate
LIFE CENTER - 152

Mountain Dulcimer
Advanced
LIFE CENTER - 153

Hammered Dulcimer
Past Beginner/Early Intermediate
CABIN B LOUNGE
 

Hammered Dulcimer
Intermediate
CABIN A LOUNGE

Hammered Dulcimer
 Advanced
CREATIVE CENTER
 

CABIN C
LOUNGE

LODGE

*location subject to change

DINING HALL

 SESSION 1 

9:00 –
10:15 am

 

WHAT IS FINGER PICKING?

How do you get started with
finger picking or flat picking?  If you have ever wondered about this, this class is the one for you.  Left hand and right hand demonstrations with worksheets and tunes to help you get started.

Linda Brockinton

O’ROURKEAN ORNAMATATION

Learn a few subtle ornaments to make
and use them to
decorate your arrangements.

Aaron O'Rourke

EMBELLISHING

We'll review several tools in our hammered dulcimer 'arsenal' then take a bare bones melody line and work through the process together of building an arrangement of greater depth and beauty.  The tune is THE OLD RUGGED CROSS using 'cascading' arpeggios, doubles to enhance playing, and also discussion of variation when playing through this hymn more than one time.
Pam Bowman

 SPREAD
A LITTLE HAPPINESS

Hornpipes, jigs, and other bouncy toe-tappers sound great on the hammered dulcimer. They’re also therapeutic – it’s hard to stay in a bad mood while playing these spritely melodies!  

Jody Marshall

IMPROVING YOUR IMPROV

This class is the cure for all those who play the same songs the same way each time and are ready to grow. Here we will learn simple ways to improvise on a tune. Whether you have never improvised or if you dabble, this class will give you instant success by learning tried and true methods like: pentatonic scales, using the chords, altering the rhythms, filling in skips. It’s fun and freeing!
Mark Alan Wade

  *HARP -

Combining the harp with the voices of other instruments including guitar and upright bass


Allison Miller

 

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

 

HOW ARE CHORDS BUILT?

Have you ever wondered why certain chords go with a melody?

In this class, we’ll cover everything you need to demystify chords and apply them to accompaniment or chord-melody playing.

Aaron O'Rourke

CELTIC DUETS FOR TWO DULCIMERS

Some of the most beautiful tunes are Celtic in origin.  I will bring two with two different types of duet arrangements.

Linda Brockinton
 

CHORDS
 
What do you do when everyone else is playing the tune and you want to do something different?  Play the chords!  We will learn how to play a couple different chord patterns which will give us all the major and minor chords, learn ways of changing the sequence of notes for more variety, understand how to know what chord it is changing to next, and then take turns playing lead and chords on a few simple songs.  

Chris Steiner

STEEL GUITAR RAG,
Western Swing Tune
This is a fun and lively arrangement with syncopation and style.  Nice for the HD because there are a couple of patterns, that once known, make this tune very manageable and a great tune to add to your repertoire.

Pam Bowman

PRACTICE OF THE PROS

This mini session explores practical ideas for implementing your arranging tools. We’ll discover how to add variety into your hammering style and ways to explore arranging that make you think outside the box.
Mark Alan Wade

 
12:00 to 1:00 LUNCH

SESSION 3

 1:15 –
2:30 pm

 

 

EXPLORING RHYTHMS

Students will use tunes (probably Julie Ann Johnson and Tombigbee Waltz) to explore using rhythm techniques and syncopation to embellish and add interest. We will discuss using the right hand as a timekeeper to vary phrasing and add expression. We will review specific examples of syncopated phrases and discuss using rhythm variation as a tool for improvisation.

Joe Steiner

HYMNS WITH HARMONY

Duet arrangements of a couple of our favorite old hymns.  There are several ways to write harmonies and duet parts.  We'll explore two arrangements.

Linda Brockinton

 

LET'S LEARN A COUPLE SONGS


Longer Description:
We will learn two songs, along with some simple embellishments and chord backup.  “Over the Waterfall” and “In the Barrel” are two catchy tunes that can be played together as a medley.  

Chris Steiner

PRAISE HIM! PRAISE HIM!
Here is a great hymn of faith - with a little twist of timing to give it a Caribbean beat! We'll explore some one-handed rolls as a technique within this framework, using 6ths for harmony notes along with the syncopated rhythm, and include some 'cross picking'
(a mandolin term). .. A great tune to utilize dampers if available, but not essential.

Pam Bowman

TUNES FOR TWO!

Need some ideas for playing with other musicians? Then check out these creative arrangements for two or more players.  They work well, not only with other dulcimists, but also with fiddlers, flutieses, guitars, and other instrumentalists as well. 
Ability to read music is a plus.

Jody Marshall

  *HARP -
Allison Miller
 

 

SESSION 4 

2:45 –
4:00 pm

 

 

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(Past Beginner/Early Intermediate)


 

Joe Steiner

BANJO-ESQUE PICKING PATTERNS
Intermediate/Advanced
Like the mountain dulcimer, the banjo has a drone. The difference is, the drone on banjo happens in between melodic notes instead of at the same time. In this class, we’ll learn a few flatpicking patters that imitate clawhammer banjo and apply it to some common dulcimer tunes.

Aaron O'Rourke

HORNPIPE TUNES
 
Short Description:  A Trio of Hornpipe Tunes
 
Longer Description:  We will learn three hornpipe tunes, along with backup chords. Tunes include Harvest Home, Whiskey Hornpipe, and Staten Island Hornpipe.

Chris Steiner

TURNING TUNES UPSIDE DOWN

This is a fun way to get out of the “boring box” by playing the melody in the lower range and chording above. We will primarily work on slow tunes, but we’ll cover how these techniques apply in a fast jam too. Your ability to do this will unlock all sorts of hammer patterns you haven’t tried yet.
Mark Alan Wade

Sound Like Two Hammered Dulcimers
You can be your own band!

We'll learn some fun yet challenging practice drills to get your hands moving in different directions.  Then we'll apply those skills to tunes with simple and effective arrangements in which one hand mostly carries the melody while the other hand mostly plays accompaniment.

Jody Marshall

 

 

4:15 to 5:00 Surprise, Surprise (Lodge)
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 ~ Pam Bowman <Break> Aaron O'Rourke  ~ Jody Marshall  ~ 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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