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Bing Futch
@bing-futch
10/28/23 04:56:15PM
8 posts

Expedition Dulcimer - Roundhouse Lodge - July 25 - 28, 2024


Single-Instructor workshops, band & house concerts, Club activities, monthly Jams

Come explore new frontiers on the mountain dulcimer in the northern end of the Appalachian mountain range with Expedition Dulcimer: Roundhouse Lodge, July 25th - 28th, 2024

This is the second retreat in a series announced earlier this year, and the goal is to do five of these per year in different regions of the United States.  Each Expedition will be hosted in a different location in the northeast, southeast, central plains, northwest, and southwest. During four days of immersive learning, each group of intermediate and advanced students (limited to 15 per retreat) will enjoy workshops, meals, and accommodations at breathtaking private estates, former inns, residences, and lodges across the United States. Beautiful, serene settings for focused learning and ample meditative downtime to reflect, practice, or simply relax.

The curriculum is rooted in my 17 years of teaching experience and encompasses skill-defining exercises, repertoire-building, and improvisational study. I take a dynamic approach to each session, tailoring it based on student feedback to address areas that need attention, reinforcing strengths, and presenting challenges in effective chapters.

While the core structure of study remains consistent for each retreat, the selected songs and styles draw inspiration from the lore and traditions of the surrounding region. Likewise, the meals we prepare and present are influenced by the rich culinary cultures of the locals. The schedule allows plenty of time to immerse ourselves in the dulcimer, take time for self-reflection, explore the sights, and even catch a rejuvenating nap.  

Our second announced retreat for next year is Expedition Dulcimer: Roundhouse Lodge, July 25th - 28th, 2024 , which will find us n estled in the scenic region of Forest City, in northeastern Pennsylvania, at the corner of Susquehanna, Lackawanna, and Wayne counties, in the northern Appalachian mountains. Roundhouse Lodge, our home for four days, sits on 41 acres of private property, providing panoramic views of the picturesque countryside. The lodge offers oversized living areas, a double-sided stone fireplace, a rejuvenating hot tub, a foosball table, and a spacious kitchen where I'll prepare meals inspired by the culinary traditions of the region.  

For details on this newly-added retreat, and also about the previously announced Expedition Dulcimer: Stone Mountain Manor - March 28th - 31st, 2024 , visit ExpeditionDulcimer.com

Let me know if you have any questions that aren't covered by the FAQ, and I'll be sure to add them.  Jae and I are very excited about this new venture, and we're looking forward to bringing the experience westward soon!

Thank you for your time - blessings of music,

Bing


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Bing Futch
@bing-futch
09/23/23 12:37:08PM
8 posts

10-27-23 "Sally's Lament" Chromatic MD Class


Single-Instructor workshops, band & house concerts, Club activities, monthly Jams

Join  Bing Futch  in a spooky new workshop for   chromatic mountain dulcimer,   featuring music from the Touchstone Pictures classic,   "The Nightmare Before Christmas";   Bing has created an arrangement of the sweetly scary   "Sally's Lament" , by composer  Danny Elfman.   The workshop will take place online via  Zoom, October 27th at 7 pm EDT   and   only 30 registrations are available   Bing's   patrons   attend for free.  This is a fairly easy piece to play, so you'll be able to have fun with it in time for Halloween, and really have it ready for Christmas!

This session is geared toward all   chromatic mountain dulcimer   players who are currently playing from tablature and can play some chords by memory.  Walk step by step through the process of figuring out the tune, finding the melody, identifying and playing the chords, and then putting it all together with harmonies to create a faithful rendition of this magical song.

Registration is $19   and comes with a premium video recording of the workshop, ensuring a valuable point of reference. You'll also have tablature and supplementary resources to take you beyond learning the tune, and further into understanding the chromatic mountain dulcimer and its many possibilities.  If you feel there's something in the wind, quick, register today!

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updated by @bing-futch: 09/23/23 01:36:23PM
Bing Futch
@bing-futch
08/13/23 08:09:24AM
8 posts

8/31/23 - The Music of the Night - virtual MD workshop


Single-Instructor workshops, band & house concerts, Club activities, monthly Jams

Join   Bing Futch   in a captivating new workshop where you will master a mountain dulcimer arrangement of the timeless   Andrew Lloyd Webber   masterpiece from the enduring Broadway sensation, " The Phantom of the Opera ."  The 90-minute workshop will take place online via   Zoom, August 31st at 7 pm EDT . Registration is now open !

In this exclusive experience, intermediate and advanced students will plunge into the mysterious depths beneath the opera house to construct the melody, harmonize it faithfully to the original score, and navigate a daring section that ventures beyond the confines of the key (D major).

Throughout this journey, you'll absorb the nuances of style and phrasing, enriching phrase endings with ornate embellishments and additional motifs. Ultimately, you'll infuse the composition with emotional cadence, seamlessly weaving all the elements into an enchanting rendition of this chart-topping song.

As a participant, you'll receive a premium video recording of the workshop, ensuring a valuable point of reference. You'll also have tablature and supplementary resources to further enhance your mastery of the piece. Only 30 registrations available . Don't miss out on this seductive opportunity to immerse yourself in musical allure!

Bing Futch
@bing-futch
08/08/23 02:51:25PM
8 posts

Expedition Dulcimer - Stone Mountain Manor - Easter 2024


Single-Instructor workshops, band & house concerts, Club activities, monthly Jams

Experience the magic of Expedition Dulcimer: Stone Mountain Manor - Stone Mountain, Georgia - March 28th to 31st, 2024

Are you an intermediate or advanced dulcimer player looking to take your skills to new heights? Join  Expedition Dulcimer , an extraordinary music education workshop series led by  Bing Futch . Explore enchanting venues across the United States.    Engage in tailor-made masterclasses to refine your abilities through technical exercises, repertoire-building, and improvisation techniques. Delight in on-site accommodations and delectable meals prepared by Bing himself, leaving ample free time to unwind in picturesque surroundings. Embrace the unique themes of each location, integrating local culture, natural beauty, and historical significance. This captivating experience begins with  Expedition Dulcimer: Stone Mountain Manor !

Discover Stone Mountain, Georgia

Nestled in DeKalb County, Georgia, Stone Mountain is a charming city with a population of 6,703. Named after the geological formation it lies near, Stone Mountain has a rich history dating back to Native American tribes. It once thrived as a major travel center and later became famous for its granite quarrying industry, providing stones for iconic structures. Today, the city offers a blend of arts, culture, and leisure activities, with its historic downtown frequently used as a filming location for movies and TV shows. Stone Mountain is a place where heritage meets modern charm, making it an ideal location for  Expedition Dulcimer.

Our home for four days is  Stone Mountain Manor , an eight-room boutique bed and breakfast that promises to recharge and indulge. The Manor offers a large open floor plan, allowing guests to relax in the dining room, sun porch, and sitting area upstairs. Enjoy the stunning sunset on the grand front porch or sip wine in the outdoor gazebo.    The pool is a fine reflective meditation space, and there are plenty of hideaways for the purpose of relaxation.

Pricing and Booking Information

Registration pricing is all-inclusive (you pay only travel.)  All lodging, meals, and workshops are included in the price.  Bing will coordinate with guests on dietary needs and restrictions.

• Per Person: $1399 (with a $699 deposit)

With spouse (sharing a room): Add $400


• Share a room with a participant: $999 (with a $499 deposit)


Deposits are non-refundable but can be rolled over to future events.  Balance is due by November 30th, 2023.  


Expedition Dulcimer: Stone Mountain Manor  promises to be an invigorating, relaxing, and uniquely educational experience.  Not only will you elevate your dulcimer skills, but you'll also immerse yourself in the charm and history of Stone Mountain.

This journey will refresh your spirit, energize your mind, and empower your musicality. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the premiere event for this series of workshop retreats created especially for this community of music lovers.  Create cherished memories, set new personal goals, and embrace the joy of playing the dulcimer in beautiful locales. Secure your place now, as space is limited to 15 registrants, and join us for this captivating and unforgettable musical adventure!

www.ExpeditionDulcimer.com  


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Bing Futch
@bing-futch
07/22/23 11:51:44AM
8 posts

"Silent Night" class with Bing Futch - August 11th at 7 pm ET


Single-Instructor workshops, band & house concerts, Club activities, monthly Jams

Join Bing Futch for a delightful musical experience on August 11th, 2023 at 7:30pm ET, as he celebrates  "Christmas in August: Silent Night"  in an engaging virtual workshop on Zoom. In this 90-minute session, students delve into the classic German Christmas carol,  "Silent Night,"  and explore three unique arrangements suitable for all skill levels.

For beginners, start with a simple drone melody rendition, perfect for building a strong foundation. Intermediate students enjoy the chord melody arrangement, taking their skills to the next level. Meanwhile, advanced participants are challenged with an intricate fingerpicking arrangement that promises to be both rewarding and satisfying.  Everyone will leave the workshop with their particular needs met, plus receive a recap of fundamentals, as well as challenging material for the way forward.

Throughout the workshop, we'll carefully analyze the melody, harmonies, and rhythms, while embracing patterns of repetition for easy memorization. Dive deep into effective finger placement and picking techniques to elevate your playing.   Students discover how to add dynamics and bring emotional power to this wonderful song.

Registration for this exclusive event is only $15, and Bing's patrons on  Patreon  can attend for free. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to receive three separate arrangements of  "Silent Night"  and a copy of the workshop video for future reference. Hurry, as there are limited spots available—only 30 registrations! Secure your place today and get ready to celebrate the joy of music and Christmas cheer in August!

REGISTRATION LINK - CLICK HERE!

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updated by @bing-futch: 07/22/23 11:52:49AM
Bing Futch
@bing-futch
01/31/23 08:48:11AM
8 posts

Bing Futch Workshops-Concert-April 22 in MO


Single-Instructor workshops, band & house concerts, Club activities, monthly Jams


Hi, everyone!

My 2023 tour is coming together and I'll be returning to Ilace Mears' place for a day of four workshops and a concert this spring!  

Saturday, April 22nd , I'll teach two mountain dulcimer workshops, one for ukulele players and an all-instruments workshop on performing for others.  Then, we'll jam, have supper, and I'll put on a show featuring new material from my upcoming album, Remain Seated Please.

Details can be found here:

https://www.bingfutch.com/4-22-23

Drop me a line if you have any questions - thank you!

-- Bing


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Bing Futch
@bing-futch
04/09/21 11:08:41AM
8 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


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Susie:

My favorite festival cancelled early in the year...the Evart Funfest. Going to miss another year. Hoping for a big celebratory year in 2022. Hope you'll be there again. This is from 2019.

I remember our meeting well!  If FunFest is a go next year, I'm planning to be there, fingers crossed.

Bing Futch
@bing-futch
04/09/21 08:34:29AM
8 posts

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting you?


OFF TOPIC discussions

Jae and I both got the J&J jab Monday and have only had a wee bit of fatigue plus the sore arm.  Will be interesting to see when a booster will be advised, though many in-person festivals have already scrapped spring/summer scheduling.