If you have any questions about any of the information here (or not here) please email Jon Weinberg.
There are still a few openings for this year's fall session in New England. Enroll now to reserve your place.
This spring's Asheville session was wonderful, so we're going to do it again next spring!
Updated: 5/30/2015 - visits to this page.
|"Invaluable! Jump starts my playing ability. Instead of learning just a few specific pieces, Chord Camp teaches a whole chord system of playing the dulcimer. It helps everything make sense. Chord charts are brilliant! Will probably affect everything I do on the dulcimer from now on!" - Jane, Maryland|
|"Your class, Jon, made a huge impression on me and will make a huge impact on my playing. You've given me the tools, now I can have more confidence as I play" - Dottie, North Carolina|
|"My playing has gotten much better since I've been throwing chords into the mix in the right way. A few comments from critics tell the story.
My wife says: Your playing is more comfortable and confident now. They have the right rhythms and inflections." - Bill, California
|"Thanks, Jon! I really got a lot of great instruction from your camp that I can't wait to start incorporating into my playing. Everything was so well organized from the lodging to the instructional material to the dinners. It was a great week, and I enjoyed being with the entire group." - Jeri, New Mexico|
|"I think you have given us the keys to the castle or the Kingdom. Thanks for all you efforts in helping us become musicians." - Kathy, Cape Cod Massachusetts|
|"In the last few years I've been to quite a few HD festivals and I've taken quite a few classes and workshops where we learn new songs and the chords that go with them. But this is the first time I can remember leaving a workshop and really understanding two crucial things: one - how the chords in a song fit and support the melody line, and two - how and where to play those chords on my Hammer Dulcimer! Your method of Chords In A Box was well presented, easy to learn, and best of all, fun to play. I feel like I've really moved up to the next level in my playing - thank you!" - Barrett, New Jersey|
|"It was a wonderful camp. It was exactly what you said it would be and just what I wanted to learn. The lessons, the music, the hospitality, the food, the companionship all made for a great week, and I'm very glad I came!!!" - Joyce, Connecticut|
Click on the pictures above to see additional photos of the most recent Chord Camps
|What is Chord Camp?||Camp Objectives||Cost|
|Where is Chord Camp?||Schedule||How to Enroll|
|Jon Weinberg||Workshop Sessions||Other Activities|
|Prerequisites||Meals and Lodging||Spouses/Traveling Companions|
Jon makes no assumption that you know anything about chords. At Chord Camp you will learn what makes a chord, how to play them on the dulcimer, how to use them to back up other instruments (and choral groups), and how to use them to make solo arrangements of your favorite tunes.
Most dulcimer players learn to play by playing melodies without much attention to chords. We will focus on the chords and work our way back to the melodies for a more holistic approach to both ensemble accompaniment and solo arranging. For many dulcimer players this way of thinking and playing can be a real eye-opener.
To foster accelerated learning and provide personal attention class size is limited to only 10 attendees.
Once a session is filled we will maintain a waiting list should anyone need to cancel.
Lodging is at the Quality Inn & Suites Biltmore East which is close to Perelandra.
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Workshops and the Thursday evening concert are at the Framingham Friends Quaker Meetinghouse in wooded north Framingham, near the Marlborough line.
Lodging is at the recently renovated Marlborough Holiday Inn, about 8 miles from the meetinghouse and near Jon's house, restaurants, and other services.
He is a frequent performer and teacher at dulcimer festivals in the northeast US including the Cranberry Dulcimer Gathering, the Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival, the Pocono Winter Dulcimer Festival in Pennsylvania, and beyond the northeast at the ODPC Funfest in Evart, MI and the Winston-Salem Dulcimer Festival in North Carolina. For many years Jon was the hammered dulcimer coordinator of the now-defunct Cambridge Spring Dulcimer festival.
Jon plays dulcimer at weddings, church services, and other celebratory events, and performs concerts at coffeehouses, town events, restaurants, and at residential assisted living and nursing home facilities. He has accompanied the New England Children's Choir at the New England Conservatory of Music and at Boston Symphony Hall, is a featured speaker and performer on the hammered dulcimer at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and is a frequent performer at NEFFA (the New England Folk Festival).
As a member of multiple contra dance bands over the years Jon developed a system of dulcimer chords and a backup playing style that he teaches both to private students and at dulcimer festival workshops. He is currently an active member of the New England bands Allemande North and Wild Card.
Jon teaches private hammered dulcimer lessons at his home in Marlborough, Mass. and online via Skype. In 2013 he released his first CD "About Time".
Typical Workshop days (Monday through Friday):
|7:30-8:30AM||Breakfast at the hotel|
|8:30AM||Travel to the workshop site (meetinghouse or Perelandra)||On Monday Jon will swing by the hotel to lead everyone there. Each morning you can drive yourself or carpool with others for the drive from and to the hotel|
|1:00-4:00PM||Afternoon workshop||May be a little longer if we break mid-afternoon for an off-site activity|
|4:00PM||Free/down time before dinner||To practice, jam, explore, take a rest back at the hotel...|
|5:00ish||Cocktails/wine/schmoozing before dinner (optional)||Bring your favorite local brew or a bottle of wine and/or cheese and crackers to share. In New England we'll gather at Jon's house down the street from the hotel. In Asheville we'll meet at Jerry's house or deck|
|6:00ish||Dinner||Most dinners we will go out to local restaurants. On Thursday before the New England concert we'll bring in pizza|
|After dinner||Free time||to socialize, jam, practice, retire to your room, etc. We may have a movie night one evening or some other activity|
Monday's foundational workshops will run a little longer, after which we'll go directly to dinner (nearby).
Thursday evening (New England only) - Jon Weinberg (and friends) in concert - open to the public - attendees (and a traveling companion) are admitted for free and each Chord Camper is invited to perform a piece if they would like.
Friday - have breakfast and check out of the hotel. Our final day of workshops and lunch will end with a late-afternoon wrap up followed by everyone helping to straighten out the meetinghouse or Perelandra. Afterwards you can depart or join us for a final "cocktail hour" and group dinner.
Friday late afternoon and evening you are welcome to stay and work with Jon and others on any pieces you've been working on and want some help and/or feedback, or anything else you have questions about. In previous years, at the request of attendees Jon has given demos on using Band-in-a-Box, and has explained and demonstrated the dulcimer pickups he uses and options.
You are encouraged to bring a piece you've been working on but maybe don't feel quite satisfied with, with which you can apply the ideas and techniques you will learn during the week. If you want more ideas and feedback there will be a session where Jon (and other attendees) can work with you to help you develop your arrangement.
New England attendees are invited to perform a piece at the Thursday evening concert, either one you've played beforehand or (for the fearless) one you learned and arranged during the camp sessions.
Lunches: salad and sandwich fixings will be provided for everyone to make their own lunch (included in your registration fee). For a change of pace we may go out for lunch one day.
Dinners: For offsite restaurant dinners figure an average of $40 a dinner (including tax, tip, and maybe a drink), or $220 for the 4-5 restaurant dinners, a pizza dinner, and maybe a visit or two to local ice cream stands.
For the spring Asheville session some area restaurants we like and/or have been to before for Chord Camp are:
If you have any dietary preferences or restrictions please indicate this on your registration form.
After you enroll, Jon will send you instructions on how to make your room reservation, which must be done over the phone (not via the internet) to receive our special event pricing.
If you are interested in arriving earlier or staying later to do some sightseeing, the hotel has offered to extend the Chord Camp daily rate for you. If you'd like to do this (or are thinking about it) let Jon know when you enroll as you will need to contact a specific person to arrange this.
People driving a long distance may want to consider staying over Friday evening at the end of the week and leaving for home on Saturday morning.
This price is based on the following:
|Registration fee (see below)||$350||$300|
|Lodging (5 nights, single room)||$450 (est.)||$530|
Note: Please be aware that TShirts are ordered 6-8 weeks before the beginning of each Chord Camp. People who enroll after that time may not receive one, or at least one in their preferred size (if I order a few extras).
|Spring Session||Fall Session||Registration Fee|
|Before January 1||Before May 1||Fully refundable|
|Before April 1||Before August 1||Refundable in full only if your place is filled by another attendee|
|On or after April 1||On or after August 1||Sorry, no refund|
That's it! A month or two before the session Jon will email you a few simple tunes melodies to learn in advance. As the session week approaches Jon will email you additional information on what to bring musically and weather-wise, as well as any last minute developments.
Note that they will receive free admission to the Thursday evening New England concert.