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Saturday with Bing Futch!

May 20th 2023 - Carlsbad, California
Join Bing for a day of mountain dulcimer workshops and
celebrate into the evening with an intimate concert

Bing Futch of Dulcimerica and endorsing artist for Folkcraft Instruments
will be teaching and performing for one day in
Carlsbad as part of his 2023 cross-country tour.

Workshops: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Sponsored by: Southern California Dulcimer Heritage
Harding Community Center  Carlsbad,  California

Concert: 7:30pm  (separate registration required)
Sponsored by:
San Diego Folk Heritage
Concert Location:
Pilgrim United Church of Christ Carlsbad, California

Bing Futch Mountain Dulcimer Workshops

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Workshop Course Bundle Fee: $70.00

Workshop courses are not sold individually but purchased as a 4-class bundle.
Thank you for your understanding and supporting the artist.  

Workshop Descriptions

 Mountain Dulcimer Boot Camp

Everything you've always wanted to try on a mountain dulcimer but were afraid to attempt.  This is a comprehensive session of exercises involving right-hand rhythm training, major and minor scales, chord shapes and performance techniques like hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends, accents and harmonics.  We'll introduce and play through some tunes that will utilize these tips and tricks.  (Intermediate)

Mountain Dulcimer - Flatpicking Irish Fiddle Tunes

We'll dive in with this workshop and pick through some of the most popular Irish fiddle tunes including "Swallowtail Jig", "The Road To Lisdoonvarna", "Kesh Jig" and others that will get your fingers flying and your toes tappin'!  I'll show you special finger placement and scale exercises to help you when it comes to learning new jigs, reels, hornpipes and more. Bring a capo! (Intermediate)

Mountain Dulcimer - Crooked Fiddle Tunes: Crookednado!

And if you get that reference, then you’re probably twisted enough to enjoy this workshop featuring a whole bunch of crooked fiddle tunes. A tune is “crooked” if it has uneven beats and/or measures, so it’s not “squared.” Crooked tunes have an appealingly janky sound and have been described as “instinctively right, not technically right”, so come join us for a bunch of fun, addictive, off-kilter jams! (Beginner - Intermediate)

Mountain Dulcimer - The Amazing Dulcimer Band

If you've never played with a mountain dulcimer ensemble before, here's your chance to explore yet another fun facet of playing this wonderful instrument.  We'll work through arrangements of familiar tunes that feature three specifically different parts.  The result is like that of a hearing a small orchestra perform.  During the workshop, we'll touch briefly on the why's and how's of arranging, covering melody, harmony, counterpoint and special notation symbols with a special look at using TablEdit to create your own arrangements. (Intermediate)



Workshop 1

9:30 AM

10:30 AM


10:30 AM

11:00 AM

 Workshop 2

11:00 AM

12:00 PM


12:00 PM

1:30 PM

 Workshop 3

1:30 PM

2:30 PM


2:30 PM

3:00 PM

 Workshop 4

3:00 PM

4:00 PM


4:00 PM

5:00 PM

 Optional Dinner (TBD)

5:00 PM

7:00 PM


7:30 PM


Harding Community Center
2096 Harding Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Parking – On street parking or in designated Harding Community Center
(Busy parking across from the street from the Center- plan ahead)

Pilgrim United Church of Christ
2020 Chestnut, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Parking – On street or designated on site church parking

Museum of Making Music:
5790 Armada, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Parking – Museum parking lot

Laural Traylor

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