Teaching

I believe in teaching you how to play the music you love, whether or not you've ever heard it done on a dulcimer before. This is true for beginners, performance-level players, and anybody in between.

 

For the latest news about online courses, see below. If you're interested in private lessons, click this link to my Contact Me page.

 

Online COURSE in progress

Rock Your Dulcimer! - Volume 2 (Intermediate & Advanced)

Thursday afternoons at 3:30pm EDT ... Thursday evenings at 7:00pm EDT

April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19.

 

I believe that mountain dulcimers belong in mainstream music -- not just folk and folk-ish music. Whether you love classic rock, country, pop, heavy metal, jazz, your own originals, or whatever else (including folk, of course), I'd like to help you express your favorite music on the dulcimer.

 

Most players never go beyond a tiny fraction of the mountain dulcimer's vast possibilities. I specialize in the kinds of subjects and repertoire that most teachers rarely offer. I'm introducing these online classes, because I want to help you and your dulcimer thrive in a world dominated by guitars, ukes, and keyboards. 

 

6-week classes will allow us to go into far greater depth than regular workshops at a festival, with more time for your questions and more attention to your specific interests. In addition, we'll reinforce your new knowledge, and build on it from week to week. All at a fraction of the cost of weekly private lessons.

 

You'll need: (1) An email address and (2) a printer. Also (3) an internet-connected device with a webcam and a microphone. (Most desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones can do this.) If your computer doesn't have a webcam or microphone, you can buy a webcam and small desktop tripod or holder at a store that sells computers. (You don't need your own Zoom account.)

 

You'll get: (1) A Zoom link for the classes. (2) PDF handouts before each week's class. (3) Access to each week's videos. (4) A wealth of knowledge so you can have a more rewarding time with your dulcimer. (5) The social experience of interacting with your classmates. Since this is a class, rather than an individual lesson, classes that don't reach the minimum size may be cancelled.

 

If you can't attend every class at the scheduled time: You'll still get the handouts and the video of the class, and if you need extra support, let me know.

Rock Your Dulcimer! - Volume 2 ...... 6-week course

Thursday afternoons at 3:30pm Eastern Time.  

Thursday evenings at 7:00pm Eastern Time.  

April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19.

90-minute sessions.

 

    The first “Rock Your Dulcimer!” Class was so popular that I’ve created a second set – “Rock Your Dulcimer! – Volume 2”, with all new topics and all new songs. You can take this class even if you didn't take the earlier one; everything you need will be explained.

    "The Folk" have always played popular music on their dulcimers - but before automobiles and radio, "popular" tended to be what your kin and your neighbors played. In our modern world, it's totally natural to play rock and pop music on the dulcimer.

    Each week, we'll examine songs, or parts of songs, from a different slice of the rock era. As a player, you can learn from all of these, even if some of the artists may not be your usual choice of listening.

  • Blues in the Rock World – We’ll look at ‘50s rhythm & blues, classic blues that was revived by rock artists, and more recent blues-inspired, blues-style music.
  • These folks used dulcimers?!? – Mountain dulcimers have appeared in surprising corners of the rock and popular music spectrum. You’ll learn to play some examples.
  • '80s Ladies – There were so many iconic female pop stars in the 1980s, and we’ll take a good look at the music of a few of them.
  • The Beatles – They transformed popular music, and the variety of their sounds is astonishing. You’ll learn what it takes to play a diverse group of their songs.
  • Classic Instrumentals – Especially for those of you who don’t sing: Learn to play some classic wordless gems from rock vault.
  • Songs of the New Millennium – Despite what some people say, there has been a lot of great music in the past two decades.

    You’ll learn how to play some songs that will impress your kids, grandkids, or classmates.

    In addition to those main topics, you'll have opportunities to make some requests.

We'll be playing acoustic dulcimer. If there is sufficient interest in electric dulcimer, I'll address that.

 

Targeted for Intermediate & Advanced players. 

Classwork will be in DAD tuning. A capo will be used at times.

1 1/2 fret will be used in parts of some lessons. Participants who don't have a 1 1/2 fret will be shown how to work around that.

4-15 students. Classes will be recorded, so you can refer back.

You'll sign up for the afternoon or evening class, but in any week you can sit in on either or both time slots.

6-week course: Take Your Playing to the Next Level

$150.00

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