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Autoharps & Dulcimers Cyber Gathering 2021

Friday, May 14th – Sunday, May 16th

Friday night concert, classes and jamming on Saturday & Sunday in zoom, and plenty of opportunity to ask questions as you learn new tunes & techniques! All registrants have 1 year access to archived videos and resources.

Whether you are a seasoned player, you love sing-alongs, or have always wanted to learn your first folk instrument, this camp is for you! Instruction will encompass all ability levels on the mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, and autoharp, and all instruments are welcome to play along.
Flexible pricing: $35-$100 Please self-select based on your ability to pay. All registrants will receive zoom links and 1 year access to archived video of the event. For registration assistance call 845-657-8333 x-25

Welcome Gathering Q&A

Friday 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Anne Dilker
Meet campers and teachers, and ask your tech & event questions! This will not be live-streamed or archived.

Meet the Teachers Followed by an Opening Jam For All

Friday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
All Staff
This year’s staff will be singing, strumming, and hammering for you followed by the incomparable Norm Williams leading us in an open all-instrument jam. Norm will kick us off, but we encourage you to step up and lead one of your favorite tunes.

Wonderful Waltzes on the Autoharp – Novice to Intermediate

Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Neal Walters
We’ll take a number of simple waltzes and work on both the rhythm and melodies, working to get a nice groove and lilt. For those who took the waltz class last year, rest assured all the material will be brand new.

Hammered Dulcimer Basics – Absolute Beginner

Friday 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Anne Dilker
Getting started can be daunting! This session will cover tuning, basic scales, and chords. We’ll also learn a tune that will teach you many of the skills needed for playing the Hammered Dulcimer.

Hammered Dulcimer Chords – Novice to Intermediate

Saturday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Heidi Cerrigione
Hammered Dulcimer chording with Heidi. We will explore the notes that make up simple chords and various hammering patterns. We’ll apply these chords to familiar fiddle tunes.

Old Time Mountain Dulcimer – Beginner

Saturday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Don Pedi
Old Time Songs for Beginners. Have fun while developing a strong foundation for playing Old Time Music. Beginners will learn some tips for playing drone-style melodies.

ANNOUNCEMENTS + LUNCH HANG

Saturday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Anne Dilker
Join your fellow campers for lunch and online socializing. This session will not be live-streamed or archived.

Tunes in G You Should Know on the Mountain Dulcimer – All Levels

Saturday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Norm Williams
Tunes in G You Should Know. Key of G–DGD Tuning. DGD is a great tuning for playing traditional songs. It lends itself to Melody-Drone playing and is fun. The tunes we will use will be fiddle tunes, waltzes, and maybe a ballad or two. We will also discuss playing in the key of G, using a capo, and the advantages of each approach. If you’ve never played in this tuning, we’ll talk about the process of re-tuning from DAD and answer questions that you might have.

Autoharp, Melody Picking Part 1 – All Levels

Saturday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
John Cerrigione
Part 1 of learning to pick melodies on the autoharp. We’ll cover right-hand pinch technique, basic chord theory, and chord techniques. The ability to read music is helpful but not required.

Jamming Strategies – All Instruments and Levels

Saturday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Coleen Walters,Neal Walters
Getting along in a jam session is seemingly #1 on everybody’s short list of “skills I would like to possess”. Obviously, a musical ear is important, but what’s between your ears is even more important. There are patterns to discern if you both look and listen carefully. We’ll show you how!

Autoharp Melody Picking Part 2 – All Levels

Saturday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
John Cerrigione
Part 2 of learning to pick melodies. It’s necessary to have attended Part 1 to join in. This will be a continuation of melody picking techniques. The ability to read music is helpful but not necessary.

Fun with Folk Hymns – Hammered Dulcimer Beginner to Intermediate

Saturday 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cliff Cole
In this workshop, we explore common folk hymns such as Simple Gifts, Brother James Air, and Be Thou My Vision. We will discuss different ways of approaching these tunes. We will start with the basic tune and add embellishments and chords. Sharing of ideas among participants will be encouraged.

Mountain Dulcimer – Intermediate

Saturday 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Don Pedi
Old Time Songs and Fiddle Tunes for the intermediate player. Suggested techniques applied to a variety of songs from authentic sources arranged for the dulcimer. There will be singing!

Playing Well With Others – All Instruments and Levels

Saturday 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Norm Williams
Folks often get stuck when even thinking about playing with others. Questions like, “How do I play with other instruments?,” “What if they play in a key other than D?,” “What if I don’t know the tune?,” or “I’m not good enough to keep up!” In this workshop, we’ll discuss and explore ways to make playing with others less uncomfortable and offer ways to make it more enjoyable. We’ll discuss, demonstrate, and produce some basic techniques to improve your hearing, visual cues, and ways to “fit in” whether in an informal jam or in a musical ensemble/band/etc. Come join us! Mountain Dulcimers should be tuned to the key of D.

Hammered Dulcimer – Intermediate to Advanced

Saturday 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Heidi Cerrigione
Hammered Dulcimer in the Key of C with Heidi. Our hammering patterns change for the key of C. We’ll explore 2 octaves with Bunessan (Morning Has Broken melody). We’ll be including the fill of chords with the melody.

Autoharp Open Chording – Intermediate to Advanced

Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Neal Walters
Would you like to experiment with developing an open chording technique on your autoharp? It’s not just for melody playing nor only for diatonic harps. We will work on open chording techniques that are ideal for both accompaniment strumming and for melody picking.

Mapping the Hammered Dulcimer with Scales and Chords – All Levels

Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Cliff Cole
In this workshop, we will explore different ways of playing scales and chords using some common patterns inherent to the hammered dulcimer’s layout. Campers will learn how to better utilize redundant notes to make sticking patterns easier and faster to play. We will also explore chord pattern possibilities that are sometimes overlooked. If there is time, we will also explore some of the common modes and understand how knowing them can help find better sticking patterns.

Singing and Playing- All Instruments

Sunday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Neal Walters
An informal chat and sing-along session. At our one (and only) on-site Gathering in 2019, The Rise Up Singing class was really popular. We’ll sing some songs (we encourage you to lead a song of your choice). This session is also an excellent place to ask questions about autoharps & dulcimers!

Old-Time Music in a Minor Key on the Mountain Dulcimer – Intermediate

Sunday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Don Pedi
We’ll be teaching traditional songs and tunes in a few of our favorite minor keys.

ANNOUNCEMENTS + LUNCH HANG

Sunday 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Anne Dilker
Join your fellow campers for lunch and online socializing. This will not be live-streamed or archived.

Ballads on the Mountain Dulcimer – Intermediate

Sunday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Don Pedi
We’ll be teaching a selection of traditional ballads from the Southern Mountains arranged for the mountain dulcimer.

Old Time Songs & Tunes on the Autoharp – Novice to Intermediate

Sunday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Neal Walters
This class is a good repertoire builder. We’ll learn some old-time songs and tunes that are great for strummers and melody pickers alike. This will be an enjoyable hour for all!

Developing Hand Skills, Mountain Dulcimer, Intermediate/Advances

Sunday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Norm Williams
Picking Patterns, arpeggios & triplets–patterns and repetitions for your right and left hands that will make you a better player. DAD tuning.

Hammered Dulcimer – Beginner

Sunday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Anne Dilker
You know how to tune it, now let’s explore some simple tunes! We’ll concentrate on learning a single note melody and then learn how to add an embellishment or two.

Farewell Gathering and Jam

Sunday 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
All Staff
One last chance to sing, play, and dance along!

DON PEDI

The first dulcimer player Don Pedi ever met was Richard Farina Boylston Street in Boston in 1964 that forever changed his life. In the next several years, he travelled the East Coast meeting and studying with influential dulcimer players like Margaret MacArthur, Jean Ritchie and Howie Mitchell, who is pretty much the father of contemporary style dulcimer playing. After experiencing the playing styles of all those influential musicians, Don, like many dulcimer players of the time, experimented with chording and playing popular songs of the day as well as folk music from varied traditions. After moving to Western North Carolina, Don immersed himself in mountain culture and music. He has developed a style of playing the dulcimer that matches the traditional old time fiddle note for note, including a rhythmic feel suitable for dancing and vocal accompaniment. A gifted player and teacher, Don shares his knowledge in a relaxed, friendly, and non-competitive manner, creating an atmosphere conducive to everyone learning at their own pace.

CLIFF COLE

Cliff Cole fell in love with the hammered dulcimer at the Philadelphia Folk Festival three decades ago, and he’s been hammering on ever since. He started off as a drummer and has carried that musical experience and sense of rhythm over to the hammered dulcimer and folk music. Rounding out his musical expression, Cliff studies acoustic guitar, plays the blues harp, and enjoys singing. For many years, Cliff has presented workshops at dulcimer and folk music festivals, including The Cranberry Dulcimer Gathering, Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival, The Pocono Winter Fest and the French Creek Retreat. Cliff’s first regular dulcimer gig was playing Bluegrass with Steel City Strings in the late ’80s. He then founded the folk ensemble DayBreak in 1989, and they are still performing together today. The group has delved into many musical styles including Celtic, Old Time, Bluegrass, American folk, early music and their own original tunes, many of which Cliff created and arranged. Cliff has produced and recorded 6 recordings with them as well as two recordings with his daughter, vocalist Emily Rose Cole.

HEIDI & JOHN CERRIGIONE

Heidi and John live in Ellington, CT and also perform as a duo and as part of Jerimoth Hill, along with Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly.  John plays  guitar, banjo, mandolin, or acoustic bass for the group while Heidi plays autoharp, hammered or mountain dulcimer.  Both sing lead and vocal harmony.  Heidi teaches autoharp and hammered dulcimer and John teaches clawhammer banjo.  

NORM WILLIAMS

Norm Williams is a performer/teacher of the mountain dulcimer who also plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, native flute and vocals. He is a co-founder of The Pocono Dulcimer Club and a coordinator of their DulcimerFest held annually in Stroudsburg, PA: a co-founder of the Maiden Creek Old Time Music Festival.

 Norm began teaching mountain dulcimer in 2002 and has been faculty at festivals throughout the Northeast.  Additionally, he coordinates music for Quiet Valley Historical Farm & Living History Museum in Stroudsburg. He is also a volunteer host for news and folk programming at WDIY 88.1FM, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio.

 Norm also performs & records with the bands Wayfarers & Company, Tom & Betty Druckenmiller, and most recently with Cliff Cole & Rob Yoder in the band, Dulcimer Boys. He recently released his first solo recording entitled “…a wayfarer; songs of hope and encouragement”

NEAL & COLEEN WALTERS

Neal and Coleen live in Greencastle, PA.  For over 20 years, Neal played with the Mill Run Dulcimer Band and recorded eight albums with them.  Coleen is also a talented fabric artist.  Neal provides the strong vocal lead of the group while playing guitar, mountain dulcimer, banjo, mandolin or autoharp.  Coleen sings a low harmony and plays bass or percussion (rhythm egg or limberjack). Neal and Coleen also play as a duo at festivals and workshops across the country. They were elected to the Autoharp Hall of Fame in 2011.

SLOW DEER CROSSING

Slow Deer Crossing is the duo of Anne Dilker & Rich Kuklentz. Anne is, both through natural aptitude and formal training, a dancer so rhythm is a natural for her. Rich is well steeped the tradition of folk music and had been playing and singing for over 40 years. 

 

The Ashokan Center builds community through shared experiences in nature, history, music and art. For 40 years we have hosted traditional Music & Dance Camps at our 385 nature preserve. In 2020 we learned how to host them online!

“Joyous and talented teachers. Feeling not only warmly welcomed, but also individually included interactively” – Amy

“The teachers were so reachable and personable. I really enjoyed the whole camp and it was so well run. I hope they will continue to have virtual camps in the future since we live so far away.” – Timothy

“Wonderfull and inspiring teachers. I appreciate that every single teacher I had came fully prepared and then some. Especially given the challenges of technology, this was extraordinary. Huge kudos to the behind -the- scenes worker bees. Thank you Ashokan folks, you will definitely see me and mine again some day.” – Donna

Come join the Ashokan family to celebrate, learn, connect, deepen your music, make new friends, and brighten your day. Our events are open to all folks, all ages and all orientations. 

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