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Calling all dulcimer players in MD, South Central PA, Eastern Panhandle of WV and surrounding areas

OK Folks,

 

I tried this awhile back on ED and didn't get much response so will try again here. I live between Hagerstown and Frederick, MD. As I looked through the membership listing I noticed there are several players in the area. I would like to get an informal group together to play and learn from each other. I'm thinking of a monthly (or more) get together maybe doing the rounds of each others homes or maybe we could find a central meeting place. I would be willing to host the first one at my house. If you are interested, let me know by this posting or by PM. Come on, let's have some fun!

 

Scott

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Comment by Sue Simms on February 12, 2011 at 8:39pm
This sounds Great ! but I'am not close enough.
Comment by Strumelia on February 9, 2011 at 10:14am

Wonderful!   I'm so glad you let us know how it went. 

I think when people play together, it helps not only the beginners, but also the more advanced players.  When I play with someone less experienced than myself, i always learn something new and helpful, plus playing at a speed way slower than normal makes me to do lots of musical experimenting that I usually don't have time to explore.  It's a winning situation for everyone, as long as they have a positive and open outlook.

Comment by Scott Allen on February 9, 2011 at 7:24am

Well, it turned out really well. We ended up with four of us after one couldn't make it. After getting some technical details out of the way, we started slow with Aunt Rhody and then went on to Boiling Cabbage Down, Old Joe Clark, and three of us ventured into Cluck Old Hen. We sounded really good on Cabbage after each of us got adventurous and did different leads and harmonies at the same time. My wife even commented that that was the best version she had heard. We really had fun with Cluck Old Hen also. I played " For Ireland I'd not tell Her Name" which I've been working on for awhile and they loved the chord changes, hammer ons and slides. I think everyone had a great time and we'll probably form a group/club and be a force for the cause. Stay tuned......

 

Scott

Comment by Strumelia on February 8, 2011 at 1:00pm

Scott, that's sounds really fun and exciting!  I well know the thrill!

Be sure to let us all know how it turns out.  It's so wonderful to have music friends.

Comment by Scott Allen on February 8, 2011 at 12:37pm

Good news! I 've got 4  people from my jamming class joining me at my house tonight for an MD get together. 1 very excellent player, me at mediocre, and 3 basic beginners. Ought to be fun.

 

Scott

Comment by Kenneth W. Longfield on February 4, 2011 at 4:41pm
I just saw this thread today. Since my name was mentioned, I figured I had better reply. There will be no Mountain Dulcimer Week in the Shenandoah Valley this year. As some of you know it was cancelled last year. There was some thought to making it a three day event instead of a five day event, but that did not work out. Scott you might consider going over to Westminster, MD for Common Ground on the HIll. Check out the website to see which week has the better dulcimer workshops.
Comment by Scott Allen on February 4, 2011 at 1:59pm

Jim,

 

We are meeting at 7:00 on Tuesday at my house in Boonsboro, MD. If you are interested, I'll send you a map. We are just a bunch of beginners, but we should have a lot of fun!

 

Scott

Comment by razyn on February 3, 2011 at 1:29pm
It's possible to go to Winchester just for the concert at the end (I did that, once).  It was pretty painless, only we got home around midnight.  Most of the audience at the concert had been there for the whole thing.  I think maybe you can also do a one-day, walk in registration, but I'm not sure about that.  Workshop admission would probably be up to the teachers.  One person on FOTMD who knows all about it is Ken Longfield.
Comment by Scott Allen on February 3, 2011 at 7:21am

Razyn,

 

Thanks for the well wishes and information. I've been looking at that festival for a few years now. It is only aboout 40 miles from me. It's just hard to take that much time off for individual endeavors when I have to divide vacation time between the other members of the family. Maybe someday.....

 

Scott

Comment by razyn on February 2, 2011 at 10:42pm

There's a member in Walkersville, MD named Tony Karl.

Are some of y'all confusing Frederick (in MD) with Fredericksburg (in VA)?

I'm in Springfield, VA, but I don't do dulcimer in groups.  But I wish you well.

The annual dulcimer week they have at Shenandoah U. in Winchester, VA is not a very long haul from your part of MD.  Probably closer than the ones in WV, I'd think.

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