Announcing – Workshops in Melrose!




An Afternoon with Susan Trump!
Sunday, March 24

Two 75 minute workshops focusing on right-hand technique, with renowned performer/instructor, Susan Trump, followed by a concert.



1:00pm – 2:15pm WORKSHOP 1 – HORNPIPES
Hornpipes were “step-hop” dances used on board ships to exercise the weary sailors. The “long-short” rhythm is really fun to play and is great exercise for your right hand. DAD Tuning
2:30pm – 3:45pm WORKSHOP 2 – “TRIPPLE CREEK” PLUS – Bluegrass Dulcimer
We’ll learn, or review a few old standards, then I’ll share a quick and easy way to go from “bum-diddy” to fingerpicking them to sound like a bluegrass banjo. It’s a hoot, and it sounds cool. DAD Tuning


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Past Workshops



An Afternoon with Larry and Elaine Conger!
Monday – February 18, 2019

Larry and Elaine Conger, directors of the acclaimed Dulcimer U at Western Carolina University, lead workshops and perform at festivals across the country.  Larry has won the prestigious National Mountain Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, Kansas while Elaine brings her extensive Nashville experience and talent to the duo.


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JimMillerAn Afternoon with Jim Miller!
Sunday – January 27, 2019
Two workshops:
Playing with a Capo
This workshop covers fiddle tunes that are not played in D outside of the dulcimer community.
Changing keys without a capo
Want to arrange a tune in two keys? How about starting in one key and modulating to another without using a capo?



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An Afternoon with Butch Ross!
Sunday – January 13, 2019
Two  workshops:
Rhythms beyond 4/4
Like the title says, an exploration of jigs, hornpipes and more. Even some odd times as well.
Beatles on Dulcimer
If you haven’t heard of the Beatles, you should really check ‘em out. 🙂




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Little Liza Jane – a Dave Carter tune played with Butch’s own masterful style


2018 Workshops


An Afternoon with Anne Lough
Thursday – March 1, 2018
Beautiful voice, beautiful playing, beautiful songs to share!
Anne drew repertoire for our workshop from three themes and use them for specific techniques – especially strumming, smoothing out the playing, finger-picking, finger placement and expression:  Folk Hymns from the Shaped Note Tradition, Stephen Foster Tunes, and Celtic Treasures





An Afternoon with Larry and Elaine Conger
Monday – February 19, 2018
Ensemble pieces  – always a fun workshop experience  with Larry and Elaine!





SSAn afternoon with STEPHEN SEIFERT
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Workshops like you’ve never experienced before.
1)  Effective Alternatives to Learning by Sheet Music
2)  The Music of David Schnaufer





Sunday, January 21, 2018
It was a great day of multi-part ensemble pieces, from a hymn to a waltz version of the fiddle tune Soldier’s Joy, entitled Soldier’s Joyful Waltz.  Our last workshop covered playing in other keys…very useful information!



Workshops in 2017

Tuesday – February 21, 2017

Sunday – January 22, 2017

Workshops in 2015 and 2016 – Atwater and Donnelly


2013 – Butch Ross

2012 – Erin and Amber Rogers

2011 – Stephen Seifert