Laurie Alsobrook

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Leading a jam at the Barberville Folk Fest

After a full career in elementary education, Laurie Alsobrook has found a perfect blending of her two passions, teaching learners and playing the dulcimer.

Laurie has participated in a variety of festivals, online and in-person.  Festival credits include QDF, Black Mountain, Nonsuch, Dulcimer U, NGFDA, Dutchland, and Dulcimer Daze.  She also served as co-host/organizer of the Stephen Foster Digital Dulcimer Retreats.   

Laurie has been a regular contributor to the Send in the Music Virtual Jam, offering tab to the participants and serving as a song leader. She also hosts a weekly more informal zoom jam.

Laurie’s upcoming QDF 7.0 Workshops:

Break out of the Jam Rut! – Level 2 Do you play jam tunes the same way every time? This workshop can help you break out of that rut. Join me to learn some easy techniques that can add interest to the basic versions of our favorite jam tunes.

FRIDAY – SESSION 5

Holding Ukraine in Our Hearts – Level 2 This workshop offers three Ukrainian folk songs to teach us about the beauty and strength of these people who are suffering so much right now.  Included in this workshop is the lovely “Peace in the Family,” not only a beautiful song, but also a great way to learn the simplicity of using two finger chords.

FRIDAY SESSION 6

Let’s Play Some Lovely Tunes – Level 3 Two lyrical gems by Arlene Faith, “East of River Shannon” and “River of Dreams,” will be presented.  In addition to learning the tunes, we will explore techniques that can make special songs such as these, sound smooth, sweet, and particularly lovely.

SATURDAY – SESSION 6

Songs from Taize – Level 4 Originally from a monastery in France, these peaceful, meditative songs can enhance any worship service OR simply be enjoyed at any time.  Short songs, repeated again and again, give a meditative feeling.  This workshop will include songs of the Taize tradition: “Laudate Dominum,” “Confitemini Domino,” and more.   In addition to DAD, we will also use DGD and DAC tunings; bring a capo, too.

SATURDAY – SESSION 7

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Digital Downloads are now available!

Thank you for considering purchase of one of these digital downloads! A portion of your purchase is contributed to Send in the Music.

* When using PayPal, please select SEND and write either “No Frills Jam” or “No Frills Gospel” or “Tunes from Zoom” in the notes. PayPal then notifies me and I will send the download to you using the email address that you have provided to PayPal.

And again, thank you!

Complete with tips, tricks, and 36 tunes!

Available in digital download $15*
paypal.me/LaurieAlsobrook

Although the tab is written in a very simple format, it can be used by all levels as a springboard for working on strum rhythms as well as experimenting with adding chords on your own.

This package is phenomenal. I appreciate all the work you put into compiling it. I know it’s going to help me with my strumming.” – Dee, in Florida

“The response to the book was good and everyone is looking forward to making music together again. [The club] especially liked the large print, with many comments of ‘Oh good, I won’t need my reading glasses for these tunes’, myself included!” – Larry, in Canada

Complete with tips, tricks, and 26 tunes!

Available in digital download $15*
paypal.me/LaurieAlsobrook

Although the tab is written in a very simple format, it can be used by all levels as a springboard for working on strum rhythms as well as experimenting with adding chords on your own.

NEW!

A Collection of Rounds from A to Z

That’s right, from Alleluia to Zum Gali! This collection of twenty-seven rounds and canons is available for digital download. What is included? Find out here!

Available in digital download $15*
paypal.me/LaurieAlsobrook

NEW!

This collection features all of Laurie’s tunes from Send in the Music sessions during September, October, and November. A total of twenty-three great tunes are arranged by theme.

Thank you for considering purchase of “Tunes from Zoom.” A portion of your purchase is contributed to Send in the Music.

Available in digital download $15*
paypal.me/LaurieAlsobrook

Find more great “Tunes from Zoom” Collections by my friends and fellow song leaders at Send in the Music:

  • Carolyn Brodginski
  • Carol Crocker
  • Shawn McCurdy

Send in the Music Weekly Session

The theme for Saturday, May 21 is “Good Love.” Here’s a good one, “Wondrous Love.”

Weekly videos for the Saturday Send in the Music Virtual Jam may be found here.


Laurie’s 2022 Schedule…so far 🙂

QuaranTUNE 6.0

February 3-6, 2022

Virtual Dulcimer Festival

Excited to be on board again!

Central Florida Dulcimer Festival

February 10-12, 2022

IN PERSON, in Mount Dora, Florida

https://centralfloridadulcimerfestival.com/

CANCELLED 😦

Barberville Spring Frolic

April 2-3, 2022

  • Dulcimer Workshops
  • Dulcimer Jam Sessions

Gamble Rogers Music Festival

May 8 – Dulcimer Petting Zoo!

Florida Folk Festival

Always Memorial Day Weekend!

May 27-29, 2022

  • Dulcimer Petting Zoo – 6 time slots!
  • Dulcimer Jam Session
  • Dulcimer Workshop

Sandy’s Music Girl Camp

Lake Wales, Florida

  • June 8-10 – Junior Girls
  • June 13-15 – Senior Girls

Dulcimer U

July 24-29

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

Dulcimer Daze

August 2022

West Dover, Vermont

https://www.augustdulcimerdaze.com/

Alabama Folk School

October 6-9, 2022

IN PERSON, in Nauvoo, AL

https://campmcdowell.org/alabama-folk-school

Stephen Foster Dulcimer Retreat

November 11-13, 2022

Virtual? Live? TBD! Mark the date anyway 🙂

Laurie’s 2021 Schedule

November 18-21, 2021Online Workshops NGFDA Fall Festival

November 13, 2021 Online Workshops and Online Jam
Stephen Foster Dulcimer Retreat, Co-Host and Instructor

  • Laurie Alsobrook
  • David Beede
  • Carolyn Brodginski
  • Carol Crocker
  • Sam Edelston
  • Gary Gallier
  • Guy George
  • Karen Mueller
  • Grant Olson
  • Stephen Seifert

October 16-21, 2021 – IN PERSON!
Black Mountain Music Festival – Beginner’s “Boot Camp” Instructor

October 7-10, 2021 – Online Workshops
QuaranTune Virtual Dulcimer Festival 5.0 – Instructor

August 13-15, 2021 – IN PERSON!
August Dulcimer Daze – Instructor

July 9-10, 2021Online Workshops
Dutchland Dulcimer Festival – Instructor

June 4-6, 2021 – Online Workshops
QuaranTune Virtual Dulcimer Festival 4.0 – Instructor

March 24, 2021Private Online Workshop
The Villages, Florida

March 20-21, 2021Online Workshops
Nonsuch Spring Fling – Instructor
With Anne Lough, Tania Olpand, and Rob Brereton, Laurie is “going to” UK for the Annual Nonsuch Spring Fling.

February 5-7, 2021Online Workshops
QuaranTune Virtual Dulcimer Festival 3.0 – Instructor

January 7-9, 2021 – Cancelled
Dulcimer U Winter Weekend, Lake Junaluska, NC – Instructor

 

Laurie’s 2020 Schedule

February 7-8, 2020
Florida Acoustic Winter Gathering, Mount Dora, FL

May 5, 2020 – Event Postponed ’til 2021
Winston-Salem Dulcimer Festival, Winston-Salem, NC

May 29-31, 2020 – Event Postponed ’til 2021
Florida Folk Festival, White Springs, FL – Workshop/Jam Leader

June 8-12, 2020 Virtual Festival – ZOOM Workshops
Sandy’s MusicGirls Scholarship Camp, Lake Wales, FL

June 19-20, 2020 Cancelled 😦
Sky Valley Dulcimer Retreat, Sky Valley Georgia – Host

July 10-11, 2020 – Virtual Festival – ZOOM Workshops
Dutchland Dulcimer Festival, Lancaster, PA

July 26-31, 2020 – Event Cancelled 😦
Dulcimer U @ WCU, Cullowhee, NC

October 7, 2020 – Virtual Workshop
Delmarva Dulcimer Group, Salisbury Maryland

October 8-11, 2020 – Event cancelled 😦
Alabama Folk School, Camp McDowell @ Nauvoo, AL

October 17-22, 2020 – Event Cancelled 😦
Black Mountain Music Festival, Black Mountain, NC

October 23-27, 2020 – Event Postponed ’til 2021
Nonsuch Annual Weekend, Denstone College, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, UK

November 13-14, 2020 Online Workshops and Online Jam
Stephen Foster Dulcimer Retreat, Co-Director and Instructor

November 19-21, 2020 Online Workshops
NGFDA Virtual Fall Festival 

Workshop Suggestions:

I am willing to come to your club!  Here is a list of a few of my fun theme-based workshops.  In addition to the fun collection of songs, the workshop participant will receive specific instruction on use of chord/melody playing, using a capo, and using a variety of techniques to smooth out playing.  Content within each workshop offering may be modified for the level needed.

PLEASE CONTACT alsobrooklp@gmail.com for a complete list of available workshops.

recent workshops
Workshop Ideas

And finally…”The Dulcimer Petting Zoo”

Bringing the dulcimer to you!

Dulcimer discovery at Florida Folk Festival!

CONTACT:  alsobrooklp@gmail.com

 

Previous years:  Laurie’s 2019 Schedule:

January 3-6, 2019
Dulcimer U Winter Weekend, Lake Junaluska, NC – Instructor

March 8-10, 2019
Will McLean Music Festival, Sertoma, FL – Jam leader, Youth Instructor

April 6-7, 2019
Barberville Spring Frolic, Barberville, FL – Workshop and Jam leader

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Pioneer Days, High Springs, FL – Performance with Bob and Kay Evans

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The Villages – Private Workshop and Concert

May 25-26, 2019
Florida Folk Festival, White Springs, FL – Dulcimer Jam and Dulcimer Petting Zoo

June 9-14, 2019
Sandy’s MusicGirl Camp, Lake Wales, FL – Instructor

July 21-26, 2019
Dulcimer U @ WCU, Cullowhee, NC – Instructor for the Advancing Beginner

August 16-17, 2019
PAMfest, Peacham, VT – Workshop and Jam Leader

September 28, 2019
Sunshine State Dulcimer Gathering, Geneva, FL – Workshop and Jam Leader

October 10-13, 2019
Alabama Folk School @ Camp McDowell, Nauvoo, AL – Mini-Class Instructor

November 2-3, 2019
Barberville Fall Jamboree, Barberville, FL – Workshop and Jam Leader

November 8-9, 2019
Stephen Foster Dulcimer Retreat, White Springs, FL – Instructor and Jam Leader

December 15, 2019
Melrose Tour of Homes – Performed with Kay & Bob Evans and Faye Wonnacott

3 Responses to Laurie Alsobrook

  1. Joyce McClain says:

    Laurie, I enjoyed the Jam last night, my first time, I’m newby, just a little overwheming, but I just need more practice.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Tannie Ellison says:

    Ms Alsobrook
    I sent you a payment by PayPal of $15.00
    For a copy of your book
    “no frills”
    Tannie Ellison

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thanks Tannie!
    Hope you are enjoying the easy tab!
    Laurie

    Like

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