Ken Longfield


Location: Reedsville, PA
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Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY)

Berea Traditional Dulcimore Gathering -(KY)

Thursday May 19 2022, 12:00 PM
@ Berea, KY
Attendees:  @Richard Streib@Randy Adams@Wally Venable@Glenda Hubbard@Steven Berger@John C. Knopf@Ken Longfield

Registration is now open for the 2022 Traditional Dulcimore Gathering at Berea College in Kentucky, May 19-22, in Anna Smith Hall.

To register please send the following information to our registrar by April 25, 2022, the last day to register. No registrations can be accepted on site nor are walk-ins permitted during the days of the Gathering. All participants must be on the list the Gathering provides to the college.


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Housing: Single rooms in Anna Smith Hall are $30 per night. Double rooms are $20 per person per night ($40 per room). Please let us know which you prefer and if a double name of roommate.

If you are not staying in the dorm, let us know where you will be staying.

Your registration will be complete once a non-refundable deposit of $20 is received by the registrar. A link with an address for checks or Paypal account transfer will be sent to you by email once your information is received. If you do not have an email account please note this and the registrar will call you by telephone. Please suggest the best time to call.

The deposit will be used toward housing costs if you are staying in the dorm or given to the college if staying elsewhere.

The following is the college’s statement on Covid19

Participant confirms that they are (1) vaccinated for COVID-19, meaning Participant shall have completed all the dosing requirements of a specific vaccine regimen more than two weeks prior to Participant’s arrival on campus, OR (2) Participant shall have received a negative COVID-19 test result not more than three (3) days prior to Participant’s arrival on the College’s campus.

To register email: 

04/26/22 10:01:01PM @irene:

OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I've been busy with #60 grandchild coming in.   I sent in $20.00 last year and couldn't come, could that do?   I sooooooooooo want to come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This date just slipped by like a whizzzzzzzzzbomb.   I could call my debit card in to someone?  phone me, sigh.  I just LOVED the gathering that happened the one time I went.  aloha, irene

Randy Adams
04/26/22 12:17:01PM @randy-adams:

Noter playing stimulates critical thinking. : )

Like play a tune then think about what just transpired. Sometimes I write a quick reminder of a technique or syncopation. Sometimes some positive thinking self encouragement.

Here's another page of this nonsensical horseshit. Anyone else have a north south noter and a east west fretboard? And hope ever the twain shall meet?

I'm looking forward to getting together with my fellow noterizers. 

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Lois Sprengnether Keel
04/23/22 12:56:47PM @lois-sprengnether-keel:

Randy Adams:

Oh sorry mistyped sposed to be mixolydiots : )

Love that!!!

Randy Adams
04/23/22 12:02:03PM @randy-adams:

Oh sorry mistyped sposed to be mixolydiots : )

Dusty Turtle
04/23/22 11:58:52AM @dusty-turtle:

Who are you calling a Mixolydic?wondering

Randy Adams
04/23/22 10:13:29AM @randy-adams:

Less than a month! Noters! Diatonics! Old dulcimers! New dulcimers! Old friends! New friends! Ionics! Mixolydics! Noters! Out with the old in with the new!

Ken Longfield
04/16/22 12:02:39PM @ken-longfield:

Looking forward to seeing you in Berea Randy.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Randy Adams
04/16/22 10:59:34AM @randy-adams:

Alright then I'm in. I sent in my 20 pieces of silver. I'm invested!

This may be the most fun I've ever had in my life! : )

Beautiful day here in Nebraska all I wanna do is sit inside and play Dixie on the dulcimer.

Ken Longfield
04/14/22 10:36:59PM @ken-longfield:

Registration closes on April 25th. No registrations can be accepted after that day and only those registered may participate in the Gathering.

Ken Longfield
04/11/22 08:52:40PM @ken-longfield:

Randy, Wally, and Glenda. if you are still looking at this forum, I am waiting for your registrations. Registration closes in two weeks from today. I need this especially if you plan to stay in the dorm.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
04/03/22 01:09:38PM @ken-longfield:

Yes, Randy. Registration is open and going well.  As of this moment there are 22 days left in which to register. I thought I sent you an a message here with registration information. Let me know if you need me to resend it.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Randy Adams
04/03/22 10:33:40AM @randy-adams:

Is this big ball a going concern? Or is there cause for concern?

Got in the habit of writing down thoughts between the tunes. If there were any. Thoughts that is. Or tunes. : )

A couple ideas on this page are precious to me.

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03/15/22 12:33:23PM @strumelia:

It's cool to see your notes Randy.  yes

Robin Thompson
03/10/22 04:14:25PM @robin-thompson:

I appreciate you sharing your notes, Randy!  

Randy Adams
03/10/22 02:25:17PM @randy-adams:

I didn't play much music for a couple years just enough to maintain the skills not much creativity.

Five months ago something clicked and I resumed dulcimer enjoyment.

Ever see that movie Phenomenon? Like, John Travolta gets struck by a bolt of some sort and starts learning things at a rapid rate?

Ha! I didn't get struck by a bolt but have rethought and reviewed how I play the dulcimer and have been so full of new ideas I can barely keep up. It's fun!

Seems as if I have valued developing technique to play difficult passages with a noter over zeroing in on fluid and dynamic tone.

I started writing down shorthand ideas on topics that lead me to further thought and action.

I posted one of those pages here couple weeks ago here's another.

I'm ready for May 19!

Could we move the date forward a month? Like April 19? :  )

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Ken Longfield
02/23/22 04:37:12PM @ken-longfield:

Nice collection of dulcimers.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Randy Adams
02/23/22 02:49:22PM @randy-adams:

Stick w/the Stick : )

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Ken Longfield
02/22/22 05:12:39PM @ken-longfield:

Good thoughts on noter playing. Thanks for sharing them. See you in Berea.


"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Robin Thompson
02/22/22 04:59:37PM @robin-thompson:

Your notes look great, @randy-adams!  Wish I could get to watch you play 'live' and see how you can note across strings.   


Randy Adams
02/22/22 04:06:31PM @randy-adams:

Been writing down passing noter thoughts for a few weeks. About what it takes to make music with a stick.

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