Larry & Elaine Conger
Larry & Elaine Conger
Larry is a graduate of The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Larry has been involved with music as a vocation for over 35 years. Besides being a popular performer and instructor at various dulcimer festivals around the country, Larry has also served as a Church Music Director for several Baptist churches. He has also been involved with the Tennesse Arts Commission's Arts in Education program and the Kentucky Arts Council's Teacher Incentive Program, presenting dulcimer programs in the public schools.

In 1995, Larry won the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. In 1996, he teamed with Jim Curley of Kansas City to win the Southern Regional Dulcimer Ensemble Championship at the Folk Center. In 1998, Larry won the prestigious National Mountain Dulcimer Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

Larry often performs with his wife, Elaine, who plays bass dulcimer, and she is also featured in a couple of our lessons

Enjoy Larry's video, as he tells how evolved from a dulcimer builder to a dulcimer player. and explains his approach teaching a person to play an instrument.
Larry Conger Larry Conger Amazing Grace w/Harmonics
Using "fretted harmonics" in your mountain dulcimer arrangement of a tune is a more advanced technique that will add depth to your playing. Larry begins by demonstrating how to touch the fret wire with the pointer finger of your right hand while plucking the string with your right thumb.
Level 1
Elaine Conger Elaine Conger Bass Dulcimer Comparison
Elaine shows some of the differences between the standard mountain dulcimer and the bass mountain dulcimer. She says the bass' job is to be a melodic metronome, a beat keeper.
Level 3
Larry Conger Larry
Conger
Chicken Reel
Along with "Turkey in the Straw," "Chicken Reel" is probably one of the best-known poultry-related folk tunes. If you grew up with the Looney Tunes, you're going to remember this tune from the Foghorn J. Leghorn cartoons. This version includes lots of hammer-ons and pull-offs.
Level 2
Larry Conger Larry Conger Fretted Harmonics
Using "fretted harmonics" in your mountain dulcimer arrangement of a tune is a more advanced technique that will add depth to your playing, but may take practice to master. Larry begins by demonstrating how to touch the fret wire with the pointer finger of your right hand while plucking the string with your right thumb.
Level 4
Larry Conger

Elaine Conger
Larry & Elaine Conger Swingin' the Blues
In this original tune by Larry, Elaine plays a boogie-woogie, walking bass part on the bass dulcimer and Larry plays the bluesy melody on the standard dulcimer. Larry and Elaine each take turns playing their part, so you can hear what each one is doing.
Level 4

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