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January Dulcimer Gathering 2012

January 21, 2012
Second Baptist Church
4680 Walnut Grove Road

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

$20 per session or both for $35

We will be ringing in the New Year with our 11th (can you believe it?) Annual January Dulcimer Gathering. This event began in 2002 and was the precursor to our Memphis Dulcimer & Folk Gathering. The 2012 Gathering will be held on January 21 at Second Baptist Church, 4680 Walnut Grove Road. This event is specifically designed for new and beginning players of both mountain and hammered dulcimer. I will be leading the mountain dulcimer class, and Betty Dawson will lead the hammered dulcimer class.

The January Dulcimer Gathering is a great time for those who get a dulcimer for Christmas, for those who have been hiding an unused dulcimer in the closet or under the bed, or for those who may have lapsed in their playing and are ready for a recharge. There will also be instruments for students to borrow who are interested in trying out the instrument before purchasing or who may just want to spend the day on a new adventure. Please let us know if you want to borrow an instrument so that we can be prepared.

Cost is $20 per session or $35 for both. You may pay at the door. If you know in advance that you are coming, please let me know so that we can prepare for copies of class materials. If you decide on Saturday morning to come, you will be welcome.


9:00 a.m. Registration

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. NEW PLAYERS

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. LUNCH on your own

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. NEW & BEGINNING PLAYERS (Mountain) + INTERMEDIATE (Hammered)


MOUNTAIN DULCIMER - Lee Cagle, Instructor

Morning Session -- New Players – This class is for players who have no or very little experience with the mountain dulcimer. The focus is on fretboard basics, tuning, introductory strumming techniques, and reading tablature.A

Afternoon Session
-- New and Beginning Players -- This class will work to strengthen fretting and strumming techniques using songs that are commonly played in jam sessions.

HAMMERED DULCIMER -- Betty Dawson, Instructor

Morning Session -- Essential Beginner Skills -- We will develop basic skills necessary for playing the hammer dulcimer, including hammering exercises and strikes, importance of the "marks", visualizing "patterns," playing in major keys and minor keys. Tunes will be learned that make use of the developing skills.

Afternoon Session -- Essential Intermediate Skills -- We will learn additional skills necessary for developing in our playing abilities into the intermediate level, including creating intervals, expanding chords into the bass bridge; utilizing octaves, arpeggios, and hand independence exercises. Tunes will be learned that make use of the developing skills.

Don't forget other events coming in 2012:
FEBRUARY 10 & 11, 2012
--- Central Florida Dulcimer and Autohop Festival, Mt. Dora, Florida -- Over 72 workshops on mountain and hammered dulcimer, autoharp, bowed psaltery, tinwhistle, steel drum and ukelele. Instructors include Lee Cagle, Don Pedi, Lorinda Jones, Rick Thum, Ken Kolodner, Susan Trump and many more. For registration information, contact Ruth Harnden, dulcirah@embarqmail.com or 352-735-4907.

FEBRUARY 23 - 25, 2012
-- Southern String Dulcimer Festival, Hattiesburg, MS and the Deep South Dulcimer Competition. More info at www.MississippiDulcimer.com. I will be a judge for the 2012 competition along with Jess Dickinson, Dan Landrum and Bruce Ford. See you there!

SEPTEMBER 21 & 22, 2012 -- Memphis Dulcimer & Folk Gathering, Second Baptist Church, 4680 Walnut Grove Road. Instructors to date: Lee Cagle, Betty Dawson, Ken Kolodner, Anne Lough, Ilace Mears, Agene Parsons, Rick Thum.

***NEW*** The Memphis Dulcimer Gathering, Inc., carries McSpadden Mountain Dulcimers. Proceeds from sales go toward the festival. Let me know if you are interested in purchasing a new mountain dulcimer.

Used Instruments
McSpadden mountain dulcimer (4SHCC) solid cherry, scroll peghead, hourglass, 2001, with nylon case -- $300. Call Barry, 682-3399.

McSpadden mountain dulcimer -- all Walnut, hourglass with scroll peghead, built Sept 1989, with case -- $250. Call Russell, 603-2760.

McSpadden hourglass mountain dulcimer, walnut/spruce, flat peghead; lined cardboard case, beginner book, extra strings -- $300. Call Barbara Masoud, 340-7089.

Follow your dulcimer dreams!
Lee Cagle, 901-877-7763
President, Memphis Dulcimer Gathering, Inc.
PO Box 224
Moscow, TN 38057

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