Thursday, October 17, 2013

Announcing TWO Dulcimer events at the farm!

I am sitting here trying to think of ideas that would excite people, and make them want to be more active in the farm. The Indie Day Experient so far has been wonderful, but I am always trying to figure out ways to get people more and more willing to make the trip. I know when I lived in Knoxville I saw signs at a small bookstore for a dulcimer class that came with an instrument, and I was floored at the idea. It's one thing to buy an instrument you know nothing about and pay for lessons, but its a whole different thing to be given an instryment by a teacher and leave that same day with tunes at your fingertips. Dulcimer Day Camp here was a huge success, more than I ever thought it could be. People took to their instruments like birds finally shown what wings can do. Within an hour of the class we were playing a song in rounds. By the end of the day people who never touched the instrument were playing I'll Fly Away. They really did. Holy Crow, they really did. Below this post I'll list all the details about the camp in on April 12th. But before I do...

If you are not available April 12th, and if you are going to be around Veryork this winter or later this fall, how about a Dulcimer Indie Day? I would be happy to get you an instrument and have it here ready to be yours. We can spend the day here at the farm, either inside by the woodstove our outside with the animals (weather depending) and you can leave with something really special: music. The sulcimer is not a hard instrument to play, at all. But it is beautiful, haunting, and a real piece of American history. So don't wait for a workshop if you want to be playing Christmas Carols by December, just email me and we'll make a date.

Announcing Dulcimer Day Camp!
April 12th 2014
6 Spots left

Come up to the farm this April when the snows are gone and lambs are on my mind for a Saturday dedicated to learning the Mountain Duclimer. Everyone who signs up for the day gets an Apple Creek Dulcimer of their very own. We'll spend the morning learning about the history, tuning, and strumming patterns and the afternoon learning your first songs! You will also leave knowing how to read tabs (so you don't need to know how to read music to attend) and the basics of jamming by chord and ear. Come knowing nothing and leave with an instrument and a few tunes, and the ability to teach yourself more!

Just like fiddle camp you arrive knowing nothing and leave not only with your own instrument, but the knowledge to tune, play, and enjoy it. The dulcimer is a wonderful way for even the most skeptical of wannabe musicians to start with. It is tuned to itself and there isn't really a way to play a wrong note on it. As long as she's in tune, she'll make sweet music for you.

So if you ever wanted to add some music to your campfires, living rooms or farm front porches and and learn to bring home that beautiful music. Meet other beginner's, and enjoy Holy October on the farm. If you already have an older dulcimer then all you need to do is get it checked by a music shop and possibly get it restrung. If you own a newer dulcimer but never really learned, then sign on up and get inspired. You'll be strumming out Shady Grove in no time!

Please email me if you are interested, cost will be $225.00 for the whole day and the instrument, and include a farm tour. Please pack a lunch or plan to eat out in town. CAF Season Pass members just let me know if you want to come along, you only need to buy the book and dulc!

Season Passes On Sale!

To help raise the money for the mortgage, I am offering a HUGE discount on season passes. If you are interested in taking up the offer, you can email me at and sign up for a full year (or a year tacked on to your current season pass) for just $250. That's the price of just two day-long workshops and it goes to help keep this place running. I have three spots to sell at this price. So consider it as a great gift, a treat for yourself, a resource for your own homestead, or just as a way to help keep this show on the road. Thanks for your time, and now back to your regularly scheduled programming!

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