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Larry & Elaine Conger Live

Larry & Elaine Conger Live

Plan to join Larry and Elaine Conger on Sunday evening, December 17, for a concert of holiday favorites from their home in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This concert will be streamed live on ConcertWindow.com.

Listen as Larry and Elaine extend a personal invitation to their home and the concert.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLC2Kk8zkd0&feature=push-fr&attr_tag=mFuACxK6ELPxllYw-6

December 17, 2017
7:00 EST | 6:00 CST | 5: 00 MST | 4:00 PST
As always, if you have any questions, always feel free to ask Steve or myself.

Happy dulcimering,
Linda
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These photos are from the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering‘s Faculty Concert, June 2017 where Larry and Elaine were headlining Teacher-Performers.
 
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Posted by on December 16, 2017 in Live Events

 

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Holiday Special at Dulcimer Crossing

Holiday Special at Dulcimer Crossing
Dulcimer Crossing Holiday Special
December 16, 2017 – January 3, 2018

Sign up starting Saturday to claim the discount!

This is also a great Christmas gift idea, for your friend or relative who likes to play the dulcimer.

Click HERE to take advantage of these special prices, before the last day.

 

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2017 in subscriber news

 

Marie’s Story

Marie’s Story

by Linda Ratcliff

How the musical score of Marie’s life was forever changed …


One of our followers, Marie, shared her personal musical journey with us, and told how playing the dulcimer has impacted her life. I was touched by her story, and got her permission to share it with all of you.  From Marie …

“I just read your story about how you grew up learning music. You are so very fortunate. I always had it in me too, but I was not allowed to play music until I married my sweet husband, Bill. He bought a piano for me while I was in college in the 70’s, so I could learn and enjoy music with our children.
I will never forget how shocked my music professor was that I signed up for “beginners piano lessons” while in college. He simply could hardly tolerate me as I struggled to learn to read the music, and I “barely” made a C just in order to pass the class (I worked very hard). As if that was not enough for him, I “stupidly” told him I was going to come back and play for him someday. He said, “I will be an old man.” This hurt me so much, and I left feeling defeated. Then I went on to my next class, cried as I told a friend how hurt I was, only to find this very nice young gentlemen was listening. He turned to me and said, “Do you want to play seriously, or for fun?” I said, “For fun, because I want to play for our children as they grow.” He said, “I will teach you,” and I started taking lessons with him and he taught me very well.

My youngest son, Keith, learned saxophone in grade/high school and I enjoyed playing with him. He died at the age of 26, and it left me so devastated that I lost all memory of how to play my piano, plus my computer skills that I had studied. I soon realized if I did not find something to do, I was not going to be able to bear life anymore. I then learned to play the mountain dulcimer, which helped me start to go on with my grief (because I could still count to 10).

Then I went to a concert, and Rick Thum was playing his HAMMERED DULCIMER. I got BIT!!! Rick gave me a learning CD, and I went all the way to Bennington, OK, and bought a beautiful Master Works HD. I began taking lessons in Mountain View, AR, and worked hard to learn my beautiful instrument.

Many times I thought about quitting because the HD was so HARD for me. I had to learn to read the notes and chords all over again — but I did not quit. I felt like God was saying: “No, you are not going to quit — I gave you a gift to help you, so keep trying.”

I now enjoy the HD very much and I’m still learning (can’t get enough). So even though I was not so fortunate at a young age, I have at least had this wonderful opportunity. By the way, I had told myself I was too old to begin … and then I said to myself, “What if I don’t try and I live to be 100? Then I will regret that I did not try.” I’m so glad I tried and stayed with it!!”

Do you have a story to share?  Please send it, if you believe it will inspire and motivate other dulcimer players, And, as always, if you have any questions, always feel free to ask Steve or myself.

Happy dulcimering,

Linda
 
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Posted by on December 13, 2017 in hammered dulcimer, subscriber news

 

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Find Somewhere Quiet

Find Somewhere Quiet

by Linda Ratcliff

It is in that quiet place at our center that we hear the whispers of our soul.
– Sue Krebs


Find somewhere quiet. This almost seems too obvious to really need to say. But it’s important.  Many of you probably have a special room, or your own corner of the living room for practicing your dulcimer. When you have a designated quiet place to practice, you will be less likely to cave in to distractions.

In addition, going to your special practice area helps prepare you mentally for getting something accomplished on your dulcimer. When preparing to perform, mindful intention at practice time is paramount, and having the ritual of going to the same place every time can help set that intention.

This is my quiet place in the RV.  Right now I’m facing a forest owned by the Corps of Engineers, and it is refreshing to look out at the beauty.  But soon my view will change, when we move to Tennessee.  I’ve Photoshopped what my view will be out the same window at sunset.  Either view is peaceful and inspiring.

Notice, my dog is always with me when I practice.  But I would rather be “home alone” without any humans around when I practice. This probably goes back to my childhood, because my father always asked me to hold off on practicing until he got out of the house. He would find something to do in his workshop when I wanted to practice the piano. Understanding this, my husband is very good about finding something to do outside when I practice.

Do you have a quiet place to practice? Is it a space where you can keep your instruments and all your accessories within easy reach?  If not, look over your home and carve one out.  If I can make a space for music in an RV that has less than 400 square feet, you can find a place too.

As always, if you have any questions, always feel free to ask Steve or myself.
Happy dulcimering,
Linda
 

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Trust Your Practice

Trust Your Practice

by Steve Eulberg

While at Camp Kiya at Tehachapi Mountain Park, Steve records the following tip for Habits for Your Healthy Music Habitat.

This is part of a weekly email video benefit that our Premium Members at DulcimerCrossing receive.  Subscribe and you can receive it, too!

 

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Advent Musical Devotions

Advent Musical Devotions

by Steve Eulberg

HarkCoverIn the busyness of the season before Christmas and holiday celebrations, we can get so lost in the preparations that we lose our focus and feel like the joy of the occasion is lost, and we feel like we’ve been run over by the holiday.

Once again, I am offering Advent Musical Devotions delivered to your email box to help you take a few moments to breathe and recenter.

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A new feature this year is being able to choose whether you’d like

to receive these musical offerings Weekly or Daily.  (You can make this choice when you sign up here.)

These offerings feature music recorded on several of my recordings, paired with images, many of which I have captured

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in my journeys across the nation and world, and within my own heart.

May you be blessed this Advent season of preparation, so that you may be a blessing to others.

 

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Posted by on December 5, 2017 in special event, subscriber news

 

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Does My Dog Love My Dulcimer Music?

Does My Dog Love My Dulcimer Music?

by Linda Ratcliff

Where there are dogs and music, people have a good time.


I’ve always wondered if my hammered dulcimer music hurts my dog’s ears. When I was in college and practiced piano for hours at a time, my dad would escape to the garage in desperation and hammer nails for a while, and my dog would eventually start to howl.

Today, when I’m practicing on my hammered dulcimer, I play some pretty high tones. But Keyla always sits in the chair right next to me and stays with me the whole time. Does she love me so much she just puts up with it, or does she actually enjoy my music?

I read an article about Lisa Spector to find out more about whether dogs like music. Lisa is a concert pianist and Juilliard graduate who discovered that music could help dogs. Her findings led to 15 hours of albums, a portable player, the iCalmDog, and now, music for cats. Today you can find CDs to calm your dog on Amazon.

Lisa saw great results when her team played calm and soothing music in animal shelters. She explained, “What happens is it creates a quieter environment, because the dogs stop barking and they settle down. Not only are they more relaxed, but because it’s quieter, visitors stay longer and adoption rates increase. I’ve had a shelter manager call me and say ‘Lisa, this is the first phone conversation I’ve been able to have in ten years where I can hear you.’ “ 
What about your dog? Does it love dulcimer music as much as you do? As always, if you have any questions, always feel free to ask Steve or myself.
Happy dulcimering,
Linda
 

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