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Deborah "DJ" Hamouris: Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering

Workshop Offerings! - February 21, 2013

Announcing Workshops (plus a note)!

I've been hammering out the details for the First Ever Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (tm!) so all is in place for registration to open on March 15th. However, the workshop titles we're offering are "go", so here's the roster of classes!

Steve Eulberg:

Modes for Dulcimer (int/adv) - The ancient modes are actually the best description of how both kinds of dulcimers are designed. We explore them for the purpose of helping us learn to play various kinds of music on mountain dulcimer.

Beatles (int/adv) Daytripper and Eleanor Rigby are two tunes that are very fun to play on mountain dulcimer.

Noter Style (all levels) Playing with a noter is a fine traditional way to make glorious music on the dulcimer. Typically uses DAA & DAd Tunings, but can be tailored for any tuning.

Deborah J. Hamouris:

Back in the swing (review for returning players) Especially for those players that: 1) have never played with others, especially using tablature; 2) took a class or two a while back, but haven’t played since then; or 3) need some review of basic strums, nomenclature, scales & chords. Taking this class will get you ready to enjoy the rest of the day’s offerings!

From “Just Melody” to Chord/Melody (beg/int) Learn the process of taking a melody from noter style to chord/melody style using the appropriate chords for the tune.

Ron Beardslee:

Introduction to the Dulcimer (Novice): The main characteristic of this workshop is the total lack of any requirement for prior musical experience. Never played an instrument? No problem. Cannot read music? No problem. By the end of the class you will be able to play simple melodies, play the basic chords, tune your instrument and read tablature, the simplified musical notation that dulcimer players use.

 Beginning Repertoire for the Mountain Dulcimer (Beg/Adv Beg) We will go over around ten or so tunes appropriate for the beginner, advanced beginner, and almost-intermediate player. The tunes will illustrate a range of styles and techniques necessary to improve playing ability.

Neal Hellman:

Music of the World for Mountain Dulcimer: (Intermediate). Featuring arrangements from Neal's latest book of arrangements for Hal Leonard Publishing. Including: Arirang (Korea), Tourdion and Belle qui tiens ma vie (France), Längdance (Sweden), Ojos azules (Andes), Roselil' og hendes moder (Denmark) and additional arrangements from Ireland, Russia and The Netherlands. Students should be able to perform basic embellishment techniques (hammers, pulls and slides).

Aeolian Mode for Beginners: (Beginner) Students will tune to the Aeolian mode of D (D-A-C where D is the bass string). This is both a simple and rewarding workshop, especially for beginners. Students will be taught basic melodies as well as how to utilize the dulcimer to back up the voice. Selections include The Praties, Kojo no Tuski, Goddesses, Breton Tune and Nonesuch.

A Note on Local Accommodations:

It turns out that May 18th is also Commencement Day for UC Berkeley, so many local accommodations are already filling up. If you are planning to stay overnight for the festival, we recommend you check out, particularly their list of Berkeley rooms, here:

There will be a list of local accommodations in your registration packet, too.

Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Info - January 21, 2013


The 1st Ever
Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering!
Peace. Love. Dulcimers.

May 18, 2013

Featuring Mountain Dulcimer Teachers: 
Steve Eulberg
Neal Hellman
Deborah “DJ” Hamouris
Ron Beardslee

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Workshops 9am-4pm $75
@Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2200 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 

Evening events at
Garden Gate Center
2911 Claremont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 

Playing Circle 4:30-6pm

Buffet dinner 6pm
for workshop participants
Public Concert 8pm $15 

Meals available separately.
Loaner instruments available.

Registration opens 3/15/13

For registration info:

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