Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Post-Gathering Workshop w/Karen Mueller

Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Post-Gathering Workshop w/Karen Mueller

Karen Mueller

Sunday, May 6th

12:30 pm (event ends at 3:30 pm)

$45

Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering Post-Gathering Workshop
Join Karen Mueller for a fun afternoon of strumming, singing, picking, and skill-sharpening. We'll play songs and tunes together at the level of each individual, from simple melody to chord/melody and fingerpicking. Music will include folk, old-time, Celtic, '60s songs, classic country, and waltzes. Tuning: DAd.
Karen Mueller
Karen Mueller
Karen bridges many mountain dulcimer traditions to formulate her own dynamic style. She started playing the dulcimer in 1979 by learning the innovative tunes on the Pacific Rim Dulcimer Project record, featuring Neal Hellman, Force & d’Ossche, and Bonnie Carol. From there she began adding traditional Appalachian and Celtic music to her repertoire, and developed her own arrangements of these styles as well as pop, jazz, and original material. Her techniques range from rhythmic flatpicking and strumming to sensitive fingerpicking. Karen grew up in Winfield, KS, home of the Walnut Valley Festival, and was introduced to the dulcimer and autoharp there. She has been a finalist in the National Mountain Dulcimer competition, and first place winner in autoharp, both at Winfield in the mid-1980s.
Today she is a full-time performer and instructor, and has travelled throughout the US and England teaching at major workshops and festivals. Karen has released 6 solo recordings and several instruction books, including “Favorite Dulcimer Arrangements,” and is featured on two volumes of the “Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer” CD series. She is an active teacher of private lessons, school classes and residencies, and also performs with Irish singer Katie McMahon, the original lead singer from “Riverdance”. In demand as a multi-instrumentalist, she plays and teaches guitar, mandolin, ukulele and Irish bouzouki in addition to dulcimer and autoharp. A skilled and esperienced instructor, Karen is able to work effectively with all levels of students, from new players to advanced. She has also performed the challenging Blackberry Winter dulcimer concerto twice with Minnesota orchestras.