Dusty Thorburn
Fiddle Tunes that Sound Good Slow (Adv. Beginner / Intermediate) (Intermediate)

Slow jams are a traditional way of learning songs in Irish and bluegrass circles, but in this workshop we will not only play slowly; we will concentrate on fiddle tunes that sound great at slow speeds.  Learning fiddle tunes obviously builds up your repertoire but is also a really fun way to develop both right- and left-hand techniques.  Tunes examined may include: "Strawberry Blossom," "Liberty," "Reel of Tolluchgorum," and more.

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"Reel of Tolluchgorum"

Dusty grew up strumming guitar and singing “Kum Ba Ya” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” before it was a cliché. A professional historian, Dusty discovered the dulcimer several years ago and has been doing his best to make up for lost time.  He founded River City Dulcimers, a group of musical friends that meets monthly in Sacramento and is also a Moderator at the popular website Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.  Dusty has been a regular at folk music events around Northern California, currently offers private lessons both online and at The Strum Shop in Roseville, and has completed two books of mountain dulcimer tablature: Lullabies from Around the World for the beginning player and
 Songs of Old Albion & Erin: Ballads, Airs, and Dances from the 16th to the 18th Centuries with intermediate-level arrangements of tunes from the early modern British Isles.  His lessons, arrangements, and compositions combine a respect for traditional sounds with a modern, blues-influenced sensibility