Carol Crocker

Thursday 2-9-2023

Class #1B 1:00 – 2:15 MD Novice

Drop That Anchor for Novice Fingers (Repeat 3B)

The focus of this workshop is to help improve left-hand fingering for the novice player. Incorporating the technique of anchoring, especially with the ring and middle finger, can enhance being able to play smoothly and with speed. Anchoring is especially helpful playing fiddle tunes. We will practice some anchoring exercises to apply in several tunes.

Class #2C 2:30 – 3:45 MD Intermediate

A Capo? Using a Capo and Changing Keys

Using a capo can be a bit intimidating for some. But using it with your mountain dulcimer can expand your ability to go beyond the key of D. We will explore playing a tune in E minor, G, and A by placing a capo at different frets, as well as how to place it on your instrument. Yes, you will need a capo.

Friday 2-10-2023

Class #3B 9:00 – 10:15 MD Novice

Traditional Love Songs of the Appalachian Mountains

February is the month we often think about love. What better time to come learn traditional love songs of the mountains, including the Carter tune “The Storms are on the Ocean”. These songs are arranged for the novice player in D-A-d, but we will try one in the traditional mountain minor tuning of D-A-C. Have your tuner on hand. Our hearts will be filled with stories of love.

Class #5C 1:00 – 2:15 MD Intermediate

Songs of Deliverance Beautiful Lesser-Known Spirituals

Many of us know the spiritual He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands. There are many more that are just as fun and beautiful. We will learn to play a few as well as some background history. Some three finger chords will be used. Also, we will use the 1 ½ fret if you have one. If not, there are alternate chords and frets for those who don’t have it.

Saturday 2-11-2023

Class #9B 10:30 – 11:45 MD Novice

1 And-Uh 2 And-Uh 3: ¾ Time Waltzing with the Dulcimer

You will be waltzing on the strings in this workshop. We will practice and apply strumming patterns in ¾ waltz time. The Fiddler Has Played His Last Waltz, and a couple other well-known tunes and waltzes will be included in this workshop.

Class #10A 1:00 – 2:15 MD Beginner

This Is the Way We Strum Along

Just starting out on the mountain dulcimer? Let’s learn about what our right hand does strumming out and in as we begin playing the mountain dulcimer. We will focus on basic strumming patterns as we learn to play a few easy traditional tunes. Reading tab and a few right-hand fretting tips will also be included to take your playing from beginner to beyond.