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Learn To Play "I Will Always Love You" with Elaine

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7:30 Eastern Daylight Time -- Learn to play "I Will Always Love You,” the classic song written and recorded by Dolly Parton as a farewell to her singing partner, Porter Wagoner, when she left his TV show. The song was made even more commercially successful with the Whitney Houston version recorded for the 1992 movie, “The Bodyguard.”

The dulcimer arrangement is suitable for the intermediate player who has a solid knowledge of chord shapes, 3-finger chords, and picking across the strings in an arpeggiated fashion. Participants will receive a practice recording.

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$15.00

Learn To Play "Smoky Mountain Rain" with Elaine

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7:30 Eastern Daylight Time -- This is one of Ronnie Milsap's best known songs and his 16th number one hit. It became Tennessee's 8th state song in 2010, probably because the story line references Knoxville and Gatlinburg.

The arrangement is suitable for the intermediate level player with a knowledge of three finger chords and chord-melody style of playing. The primary challenge will be smoothing out the rough spots with numerous hammer-ons, pull offs, and slides. It requires a 1+ fret due to a temporary modulation in the bridge. Participants will receive a practice recording.

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$15.00

Learn To Play "Unchained Melody" with Larry

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An intermediate level online workshop focused on learning The Righteous Brothers' jukebox standard "Unchained Melody." This arrangement will require a 1+ fret. 7:30 PM EDT.

Due to copyright restrictions, participants must first purchase an authorized copy of the tab from our Sheet Music Plus page for $4.99 (see SMP link at the top of this page), then e-mail a copy of the receipt to dulcimerican@gmail.com before registering for the class. After registering, you will receive a receipt with instructions and a link to the lesson. Don't lose your receipt.

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Learn To Play "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" with Elaine & Larry

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7:30 Eastern Daylight Time -- From The Beatles 1968 "White Album" this arrangement is intended for mountain dulcimer duet in 1-5-8 or DAD tuning. There is a part for standard dulcimer and bass dulcimer. The standard dulcimer makes use of a 1+ fret. Don't have a bass dulcimer? A second standard dulcimer can easily play the bass part. Also, the standard dulcimer part can stand alone as a solo.

The arrangement is best suited for the intermediate level player with a working knowledge of three finger chords and chord-melody style. The biggest challenge to learning the piece will be understanding and playing the various syncopated rhythms found throughout the song. Participants will receive a practice recording.

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$15.00

Learn To Play "Everything Is Beautiful" with Larry

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An appropriate song for these troubled times. An intermediate level online workshop focused on learning "Everything Is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens. 7:30 PM EDT.

Due to copyright restrictions, participants must first purchase an authorized copy of the tab from our Sheet Music Plus page for $4.99 (see SMP link at the top of this page), then e-mail a copy of the receipt to dulcimerican@gmail.com before registering for the class. After registering, you will receive a receipt with instructions and a link to the lesson. Don't lose your receipt.

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Learn To Play "To Make You Feel My Love" with Elaine

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7:30 Eastern Daylight Time -- "Make You Feel My Love" was written by Bob Dylan in 1997 as an album cut, but was released first as a single by Billy Joel with the title "To Make You Feel My Love." It has been covered many times since, including Garth Brook’s version in the 1998 movie “Hope Floats,” and by Adele in 2008.

A dulcimer with a 1+ fret will be required to play this piece.

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$15.00

Learn To Play "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" with Larry

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An intermediate level online workshop focused on learning "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" by B.J. Thomas, from the 1969 movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." The use of a 1+ fret is optional. 7:30 PM EDT.

Due to copyright restrictions, participants must first purchase an authorized copy of the tab from our Sheet Music Plus page for $4.99 (see SMP link at the top of this page), then e-mail a copy of the receipt to dulcimerican@gmail.com before registering for the class. After registering, you will receive a receipt with instructions and a link to the lesson. Don't lose your receipt.

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Learn To Play "Eight Days a Week" with Larry

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An intermediate level online workshop focused on learning "Eight Days a Week" by The Beatles. 7:30 PM EDT.

Due to copyright restrictions, participants must first purchase an authorized copy of the tab from our Sheet Music Plus page for $4.99 (see SMP link at the top of this page), then e-mail a copy of the receipt to dulcimerican@gmail.com before registering for the class. After registering, you will receive a receipt with instructions and a link to the lesson. Don't lose your receipt.

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The "Virtual" Duet Dulcimer Retreat

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UPDATE JUNE 30 - Due to the COVID-19 quarantine, we have moved this event online. This event includes eight 1 hour workshops, featuring dulcimer duets for the intermediate level mountain dulcimer player. All workshops will take place online using Zoom, the popular video conferencing platform.

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QuaranTUNE Virtual Dulcimer Festival

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This will be the second event of 2020. Hundreds of classes will be available for all skill levels. Elaine and I will both be teaching online classes. Visit their website for more info. https://www.virtualdulcimerfest.com/

Gatlinburg Dulcimer Hymnposium

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Black Bear Inn, 1100 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED DUE TO MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT. YOU CAN REQUEST TO BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST BY SENDING LARRY AN E-MAIL AT DULCIMERICAN@GMAIL.COM

The second annual hymn weekend with Elaine and Larry Conger will be dedicated to learning and playing great old hymn and gospel tunes on the mountain dulcimer. Designed for the intermediate level mountain dulcimer player.

Registration is now open. Take advantage of the early bird discount.

The Black Bear Inn in downtown Gatlinburg will be our host. You will need to make your lodging reservations separate from your workshop reservation by calling 800-933-0777 or visiting them online at www.blackbeargatlinburg.com Use Group Code 56740 to receive a special group rate on your room.

No refunds after April 1, 2020.

Register by clicking on the blue box below.

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Lake Odessa Dulcimer Workshop

Bob's Barn, 1417 Johnson Street, Lake Odessa, Michigan

Spend the afternoon with Larry Conger learning new tunes while improving your skills and techniques. Several arrangements will be presented to reinforce the concepts being taught. Advanced beginner/intermediate level. Jam begins at 10:00 AM. Lunch to follow. Workshop begins at 1:00 PM - ends at 4:00 PM. Mini concert at 4:00 PM. Pre-registration is required. Early bird discount. Space is limited.

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North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association Virtual Festival

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This year's North Georgia Foothills Dulcimer Association Fall Festival will be held online. Elaine and I will both be teaching classes. Check out their website for more detailed information when it becomes available. http://www.ngfda.com/

Dulcimer U Winter Weekend

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Lambuth Inn, 55 Lambuth Drive, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina

A weekend of dulcimer workshops for all skill levels, featuring numerous instructors. Sponsored by the Lifelong Learning Department at Western Carolina University and hosted by Elaine & Larry Conger. Registration is scheduled to be open in late summer 2020.