THE BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL
27th Annual ... held at Recreation Unlimited
Ashley, Ohio

March 7 - 11, 2018           

 

 
EXTENDED FESTIVAL SCHEDULE - March, 2018
Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon
 

BUCKEYE DULCIMER FESTIVAL 2018
EXTENDED SESSION SCHEDULE  
 

March 7 (Wednesday) starting with 3:00 pm registration, Thursday, and ending  

March 9 (Friday) with the conclusion of extended classes at 3:30 pm
 

WEDNESDAY (March 7)

2:00 pm     Participant Registration (Dining Hall)
3:00 pm     Pre-Festival Jamming in the Dining Hall
4:00 pm     Instructors' meeting (Welcome Center)
5:15 pm     BDF Flag Raising (Outside Flagpole)
5:30 pm     Dinner (Dining Hall)
7:00 pm     Orientation, meet instructors, learn more about and ask questions about your extended class choice with your instructors, and then join instructors for "FIRST" Jam (Lodge)
11:00 pm - 6:00 am     Quiet Time in the Sleeping Cabins (Rest up – Bring earplugs)
11:00 pm - 7:00 am     Commuter's Instrument Storage (Welcome Center) off the breezeway.  Don't need to carry instruments back/forth from motels or home. Locked securely during this time.
 
The Lodge is open throughout the festival.  Feel free to jam, visit, and enjoy the snacks and fireplace.  (no curfew)
 

THURSDAY (March 8)

7:00  am            Morning Coffee and Wake Up ~ Dining Hall
7:30 - 8:30 am     Breakfast (Dining Hall)

9:00 - 11:50 am     EXTENDED WORKSHOPS (Room Assignments are tentative.)

          Mountain Dulcimer
                         
  Beginners ~ Diane Hochstetler ~ Welcome Center (Right)
                           
Past Beginner/Early Intermediate ~ Joe Steiner ~ Life Center #144
                           
Intermediate II ~ Heidi Muller (Thursday)/Aaron O'Rourke (Friday) ~ Life Center #152
                           
Advanced ~ Aaron O'Rourke (Thursday)/Heidi Muller (Friday) ~ Life Center #153

          Hammered Dulcimer
                           
Beginners ~ Chris Steiner  ~  Welcome Center (Left)
               
            Past Beginner/Early Intermediate ~ Joyce Harrison ~ Creative Center 
                            Intermediate II ~ ILace Mears (Thursday) /Dee Dee Tibitts (Friday)  ~  Lodge

                           
Advanced ~ Dee Dee Tibitts (Thursday) / ILace Mears (Friday) ~ Cabin A Lounge

          Autoharp    Intermediate and above ~ Charles Whitmer ~ Cabin C Lounge

       
   
Band-It!      All acoustic instruments (Beyond Beginners and above) ~ Shari Wolf  ~  Dining Hall 
 

 
12:00 NOON        LUNCH (Dining Hall)  
1:30 - 3:30 pm     EXTENDED WORKSHOPS (Continued as above)  
4:00 - 5:00 pm     OPEN STAGE (Lodge)  
5:15     DINNER (Dining Hall)  Be prompt and be prepared to be pampered.               
6:30 to 8:00 pm features instructor led jamming and special workshop sessions  
INSTRUCTOR LED JAMMING
          Beginner Slow Jam - Creative Center - ALL INSTRUMENTS  ~  We'll play tunes we learned today and work on chords.
                     (Leaders:  Diane Hochstetler, Chris Steiner)
          Intermediate ALL INSTRUMENT Jam - Dining Hall     We'll play and sing a wide variety of music.
                     (Leaders:  Charles Whitmer, Shari Wolf)
          Mountain Dulcimer Jam - Cabin B Lounge ~ Intermediate and above ... Jam focused on mountain dulcimer repertoire
                     (Leaders:  Aaron O'Rourke
)
          Hammered Dulcimer Jam - Lodge - Hammered Dulcimer Jam plus any others interested
                     (Leaders:  Joyce Harrison, Ilace Mears and Joe Steiner )
 
WORKSHOP SESSIONS:  
6:30 - 8:00 pm  Putting The Magic In Your Whistle (Intermediate)  This workshop will explore the finer techniques of tonguing, trilling, bending, and breath control for more 'magical' playing.
 
6:30 - 8:00 pm     Write Your Story into Song - Do you have a story from family, friends or local history that you think would make a great song? Using one of my own examples, we’ll explore how to shape an idea into a song with verse, chorus and bridge, and address how to create a melody, tempo and chord structure that serves the lyrics. Please bring a notebook, pen or pencil for a writing exercise, and an instrument if you have anything you’d like to share.     Heidi Muller (Life Center #151)  
6:30 - 8:00 pm    forScore for iPad (and other neat techie things)  Let's Figure out how to find and upload music onto the IPAD using forScore and a step-by-step process so that you won't need to carry music. This workshop will help the user learn the basics for using the app forScore for iPad to organize sheet music and attach audio files for practice. Along the way, other helpful hints, using Google Drive and accessories, etc., will be explained. Definitely an interactive workshop.   (Instructor: Kay Wheeler)  Breezeway Meeting Room (Internet)  
THE REMAINDER OF THE EVENING:  
And then .... If you still want more, there will be a slower jam in the Creative Center and the faster jam in the Lodge. 
              Look for refreshments and snacks in the Lodge for the rest of the evening.
 
11:00 pm - 6:00 am     Quiet Time in the Sleeping Cabins  
11:00 pm - 7:00 am     Commuter's Instrument Storage (Welcome Center) off the breezeway.  Don't need to carry instruments
                                        back/forth from motels or home. Locked securely during this time.
 
   

FRIDAY (March 9)

 
7:00  am               Morning Coffee and Wake Up ~ Dining Hall
7:30 - 8:30 am       Breakfast (Dining Hall)
9:00 - 11:50 am     Extended Workshops (Continued with Mountain Dulcimer and Hammered Dulcimer; teachers for Intermediate 2
                                     and Advanced Levels switching classes.
 
NOON                   LUNCH (Dining Hall)  
1:00 pm                Vendor Registration and setup  
1:30 - 3:30 pm       EXTENDED WORKSHOPS (Continued as above)  
3:00 pm                Weekend Registration Begins (These are participants that are joining us for the weekend.)  

Thursday Evenings -HIGHLIGHTS

As you check out the schedules for Buckeye Festival #27 at 
www.buckeyedulcimerfestival.com  ,
you'll find the usual Thursday night instructor-led jams
JAMS
-- Beginner/past beginner - All instruments (Diane Hochstetler, Chris Steiner)
-- Mountain Dulcimer focus - intermediate and above (Aaron O'Rourke)
-- Intermediate - All instruments (Charles Whitmer and Shari Wolf )
-- Hammered Dulcimer focus - Intermediate and above - all instruments welcome (ILace Mears, Joyce Harrison, Joe Steiner)


For a 2nd year, there will be workshop sessions on Thursday night as well.
1)  Write Your Story into Song with Heidi Muller
2) Irish Pennywhistle for Intermediates with Dee Dee Tibitts,
 3)  For you Techies (or just folks who would like to have their music on their IPad or IPhone) ...
forScore music program/organizer for the IPad, and IPhone with Kay Wheeler.


WEEKEND FESTIVAL SCHEDULE - 2018
Friday afternoon through Sunday morning including
the Saturday workshop schedule
 

FRIDAY:  The Weekend Schedule Starts. at this time. 
All weekend participants are invited to join us from this point.

 
4:00 - 5:00 pm       OPEN STAGE (Lodge)  
5:15 - 6:00            DINNER (Dining Hall)   Dinner will be served during this time period, but the Dining Hall will be open for shopping
                                    and visiting until 6:45 at which time the Dining Hall will be closed for the evening.          
 
6:30 pm                Concert Doors Open (Lodge)  
6:45 pm                Dining Hall and Vendors close for the evening.  
7:00 pm                Concert Featuring: 
                                Country Strings ~ Charles Whitmer  <Break>   ILace Mears ~ Heidi Muller
 
After the Concert:        We'll have refreshments in the Lodge and then jam in the Lodge and Creative Center.  
11:00 pm - 6:00 am     Quiet Time in the Sleeping Cabins  
11:00 pm - 7:00 am     Commuter's Instrument Storage (Welcome Center) off the breezeway.  Don't need to carry instruments back/forth from motels or home. Locked securely during this time.  
 
 

SATURDAY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE - 2018 

Morning Jam in the Dining Hall

Saturday NEW PLAYER/BEGINNER Sessions from 9:00 to 2:15
Mountain Dulcimer - Ricki Spicer
Hammered Dulcimer - Jill Nichols
Autoharp - Phyllis Davis

And MORE  ... four sessions for hammer and mountain and, again, more ...


Time / Place

 

Mountain Dulcimer
Past Beginner - Early Intermediate
LIFE CENTER - 149
 

Mountain Dulcimer
Intermediate
LIFE CENTER - 152

Mountain Dulcimer
Advanced
LIFE CENTER - 153

Hammered Dulcimer
Past Beginner
CABIN B LOUNGE

Hammered Dulcimer
Intermediate
CABIN A LOUNGE

Hammered Dulcimer
 Advanced
CREATIVE CENTER

CABIN C
LOUNGE

LODGE

DINING HALL

 SESSION 1 

9:00 – 10:15 am

 

BUILDING MOUNTAIN DULCIMER REPERTOIRE and TECHNIQUE

 

FINGERPICKING WITH FLOW
For those who already know the basics, we’ll fingerpick some slow, beautiful melodies while learning how to use chord fingerings and sustain to create a smooth, flowing sound. Music will include Irish, waltzes, and hymns.

Heidi Muller

TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH MUSIC for MOUNTAIN DULCIMER

While there will definitely be a bagpipe tune or two in this class, we’ll also take a look at lute music that came from Scotland in the early 1600s that just happens to work great on the mountain dulcimer.

Aaron O'Rourke

RAGTIME TUNES with CHORDS & BACKUP

We'll add some popular ragtime tunes to our repertoire plus some chords for backup.

 

 

Chris Steiner

ROUND AND ROUND WE GO

Rounds are a great way to play together, and learn how to listen as well as play your own part.

Dee Dee Tibbits

SLEIGH RIDE

LeRoy Anderson's Christmas classic can be a bit of a challenge, but is well worth the effort!  This does require at least a 14/15 instrument.

Ilace Mears

CARTER FAMILY MUSIC
(Autoharp - Intermediate)

Carter Family Songs are some of the most popular to play on autoharp since they were one of the earliest groups to use autoharp. Learn how to play melody and accompaniment for songs of this venerable genre that uniquely fit the autoharp.

Charles Whitmer 

CLAWHAMMER BANJO

Beginner Basics

Joe Steiner

ALL INSTRUMENT Jam Session

After three days of instruction, are you ready to kick back and jam?  

 

 

Maybe, want to attend one workshop and then shop or jam?

 

 

Want to visit with friends and jam? Come and jam with us from 9 am until about 11:45.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1:15 - 2:30

UKELELE

Let's sing and have fun.


(Joe Steiner)

 


 

SESSION 2 

10:30 –
11:45 am

 

  BUILDING MOUNTAIN DULCIMER REPERTOIRE and
TECHNIQUE

CALYPSO!

Put yourself in a carefree island mood playing tunes with a calypso beat. We’ll practice strumming patterns using air strums and syncopation on popular songs like Yellow Bird and Jamaican Farewell plus one or two newer tunes. 

Heidi Muller

 

RAPID FIRE NOTES

When we hear or watch a performer execute a burst of fast notes, it can seem like they just moved both hands rapidly and got lucky when music came out. However, there are certain techniques that are truly much easier than they sound that will allow you to play very fast bursts with no luck involved at all. In this class, we’ll explore a new technique to allow you to play these rapid-fire notes and apply them to songs.

Aaron O'Rourke
 

BACK to BACH

These three little minuets are quite accessible and very classy.  

We'll add a little harmony and fill to make them even more pleasant.

Ilace Mears

 

GETTING A JUMPSTART on CHRISTMAS 2018

 
Christmas is only 280 days away!!  Lets start learning a couple of new Christmas arrangements for December.

Dee Dee Tibbits

 

Let's Pluck!

TRUMPET
VOLUNTARY

We'll put the hammers down and hear another voice of the hammered dulcimer.

Joyce Harrison

 

PLAYING IN MINOR KEYS
(Autoharp - Intermediate)

Learn the intricacies of how to play songs that are in minor keys on the autoharp. Songs from several different genres will be used for this class.

Charles Whitmer
CLAWHAMMER BANJO

Beyond Basics

Joe Steiner

 

12:00 to 1:00 LUNCH

SESSION 3

 1:15 –
2:30 pm

 

    MOUNTAIN DULCIMER DUETS
(Past Beginner/Early Intermediate)

We'll  experiment with different styles of accompaniment and unique melodies.

Aaron O'Rourke

WEST VIRGINIA FIDDLE TUNES
(Intermediate -Advanced


Learn some new old tunes from legendary WV fiddlers Melvin Wine, the Hammons Family and others. We’ll flatpick, strum, and do hammer-ons and pull-offs on tunes both crooked and straight, like Camp Chase, Waynesboro, and Elzick’s Farewell. We’ll play in D, G, and A, so bring your capo and be ready to retune.

Heidi Muller

 

 

PRACTICE TIPS FOR BETTER PLAYING
(Past Beginner -Early Intermediate)

We've done all the WRONG things in my practice,
So, here are a few tips on the RIGHT things to incorporate in your practice.

 

 

Dee Dee Tibbits

 

WALTZING UNDER THE  HUMMINGBIRD MOON

(Intermediate/Advanced)

Add this charming waltz to your repertoire and learn some easy embellishment that incorporates simple hand separation.

Ilace Mears

 

  SHAPE NOTE SINGING

 

Getting started and more!

 

Charles Whitmer

SESSION 4 

2:45 –
4:00 pm

 

   

DUET TUNES, EASY & BEYOND
(Past Beginner/Early Intermediate)


Learn some “tunes for two or more” with fairly easy to more challenging parts. We’ll play a classical piece, a fiddle tune, a folk song, a waltz, with single notes and strummed chords, flatpicked arpeggios, and harmonies to make you smile.

Heidi Muller

 

WHAT THE TAB DOESN'T TELL YOU

(Inter/Advanced)

Tablature is a useful road map for learning tunes and techniques. However, this road map doesn't include some thrilling side trips and like any adventure, you have to look up from your map every once in a while if you're going to fully enjoy the journey! In this class, we'll work on playing ideas used by the pros that you're not likely to find in tab to maximize flow and add energy without playing any faster!

Aaron O'Rourke

 

  FIDDLE TUNE FAVORITES with CHORD BACKUPS

(Past Beginner -Early Intermediate)

 

 

Chris Steiner

 

SCARBOROUGH FAIR, the 2-HANDED RHYTHMIC WAY

(Intermediate/Advanced)

 
This is a fun arrangement of this timeless tune that will challenge your rhythmic abilities!

 

Dee Dee Tibbits

 

  "Judges, This is Contestant Number 24!":  

Whether we admit it or not, most of us are at least a little competitive.  Learn to use that to your advantage and put your best foot forward in any performance - or in actual competition.  The rewards are out there - and some of them involve cash!  This session includes, but is not limited to, information regarding both mountain and hammered dulcimer contests!

ILace Mears

 

 

4:15 to 5:00   SURPRISE, SURPRISE  
5:15 - 6:30   Dinner  (Please be prompt)
6:30   Doors Open for Concert (Lodge)
6:45   Dining Hall and Vendors Close
7:00   Instructor Concert:   Chris & Joe Steiner ~ Dee Dee Tibbits  <Break>  Aaron O'Rourke ~ Buckeye Band

 

Come to the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival ... learn from some of the best instructors in the country,
play lots of music, make life-long friends, and ... have a great time!   

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