That's the only "official" change, but I'll pretty much go with the flow of what whoever is there wants to learn/share. Will try to have an extra DAD dulcimer or two for people who don't want to retune from DAA.
Southwest Missouri Dulcimer Day
Thanks, Randy. Hope you can make it. At this point, I'm thinking of setting up a separate banjo day, as I don't want to overwhelm the venue by having concurrent sessions. Please help spread the word... it would be great to get some dulcimer players come up from NW Arkansas!
Dave, this sounds great. I live in Bella Vista, AR, so Neosho is not so far away; I hope to come. If you do find a clawhammer banjo instructor, that would be great, too; I have a daughter who plays Scruggs-style banjo but is interested in learning some clawhammer. Thanks for putting this together.
updated by @rg: 09/24/23 10:22:22PM
I don't feel like I'm experienced enough to present on DAA tuning, but I can share the invitation with my instructor and see if he might like to do that. BTW, our class has a group page on Facebook called Dulcimers of Southwest Missouri . We'd be pleased if you'd join the group.
I'm pretty much playing DADd tuning these days, and throw a capo across the first fret to play in a minor key. When I get around to building another dulcimer, I'll probably put it into DAA. If you can join us and give a presentation on DAA tuning, that would be wonderful! There is no charge for the event, pretty much come & go as suits you.
updated by @dave-boyt: 09/16/23 08:17:09PM
Thanks, Strumelia. I'm looking forward to it. Should be a good chance to meet some local dulcimer players and learn from them, as well as show 'em what I'm playing these days. There are some really good teachers & performers on line, but it just isn't the same as being in the same room with 'em.
I am organizing a "Dulcimer Day" Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023 near Neosho, Missouri, and would like anyone interested to attend. We have a great venue at the Old Cedar Mill Gallery. I will be offering FREE workshops in beginning and intermediate dulcimer techniques. If someone is interested in offering free advanced dulcimer or basic clawhammer banjo instruction, I'd be pleased to include that as part of the event. This is a chance to meet other dulcimer players in the area, and perhaps pick up a few techniques. Neosho is within easy driving distance of Springfield, MO, Fayetteville, AR, Pittsburg, KS, and Miami, OK. Event starts at 10:00 am, and goes until around 5:00 pm.
10:00-- Session 1: Tuning, using a metronome, basic strum for "Old Joe Clark" and Liza Jane"
11:00-- Session 2: Hammer on, Pull off, and slides for "Old Joe Clark" and "Cripple Creek"
12:00-- Lunch: Pizza, $5 each.
1:00-- Session 3: Major chords, "Cripple Creek" and "Waltzing Matilda"
2:00-- Session 4: Minor chords, "Wayfaring Stranger" and "Star of the County Down"
3:00-- General Q&A, sharing experiences and jam.
This is preliminary, subject to change.