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.

 

BRAND NEW ONLINE 6-week course

ROCK YOUR DULCIMER! - GREAT SONGWRITERS

Thursday afternoons at 3:30pm Eastern Time.  

Thursday afternoons at 7:00pm Eastern Time.  

August 11, 18, 25, September 1, 8, 15.

Targeted for Intermediate and Advanced players. 

1+ and 8+ frets will be used, but workarounds will be provided for participants who don't have one.

 

 

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! - GREAT SONGWRITERS ...... 6-week course

Thursday afternoons at 3:30pm Eastern Time.  

Thursday afternoons at 3:30pm Eastern Time.  

August 11, 18, 25, September 1, 8, 15.

90-minute sessions.

 

    The third installment in the “Rock Your Dulcimer!” series – once again with all new topics and all new songs. You can take this class even if you didn't take the earlier ones; everything you need will be explained.

    Each week, we'll examine songs, or parts of songs, from a songwriter or team that wrote songs for others to perform – mostly in the 1950s-1980s. As a player, you can learn from all of these, even if some of the artists may not be your usual choice of listening. We'll focus on playing techniques, song interpretation and arranging, and making diverse songs sound great on the mountain dulcimer.

  • Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller – Seminal writers from the early years of the rock & roll era, they wrote many hits for Elvis Presley, the Coasters, the Drifters, Wilbert Harrison, Big Mama Thornton, and others. Songs like Jailhouse Rock, Ruby Baby, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Yakety Yak, Love Potion Number 9, Stand By Me, On Broadway, and Only in America.** The Broadway musical, Smokey Joe's Cafe, was about their songs.
  • Carole King & Gerry Goffin – The Broadway musical, Beautiful, was about King & Goffin and their music. They wrote dozens of hits in the '60s for top artists like the Shirelles, the Drifters, Bobby Vee, Tony Orlando, the Monkees, and Aretha Franklin. Timeless classics like Will You Love Me Tomorrow, The Loco-Motion, Up on the Roof, Chains, Take Good Care of My Baby, Go Away Little Girl, Natural Woman, and Pleasant Valley Sunday.**
  • Shel Silverstein – He wrote hits for Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee, Bobby Bare, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, and plenty of others. Lots of musical stories. Often with a devastating twist of humor or irony. One of my seminal influences as a songwriter. He also was a best-selling poet, author of The Giving Tree, and cartoonist in Playboy. Songs like A Boy Named Sue, The Cover of Rolling Stone, Big Four Poster Bed, Queen of the Silver Dollar, The Unicorn, Don't Give a Dose to the One You Love Most, and Marie Laveau.**
  • Holland, Dozier & Holland – They wrote many of the great Motown hits of the 1960s for the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Martha and the Vandellas, the Four Tops, and many others. Among their classics: Heatwave, Stop in the Name of Love, How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You), Where Did Our Love Go, I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch), Reach Out I'll Be There, Baby I Need Your Lovin'.** We'll take your dulcimer to Motown!
  • Burt Bacharach – Sophisticated composer who, between the 1950s and the 2000s worked with a variety of lyricists (most famously, Hal David). We'll pay attention to his interesting chords and chord progressions, and how to put them on your dulcimer. He wrote hit songs for artists like the Shirelles, Bobby Vinton, Dionne Warwick, Tom Jones, Herb Alpert, B.J. Thomas, and many more. Songs like Tower of Strength, What the World Needs Now is Love, What's New Pussycat?, I Say a Little Prayer, Do You Know the Way to San Jose, This Guy's in Love with You, and Close to You.**
  • Jim Steinman – Every song I know by him is epic. If you want to learn to play big and supercharged, Jim Steinman is a fantastic place to start. He wrote all the songs on Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell albums, plus hits for Bonnie Tyler, Celine Dion, Air Supply, and others. Songs like Paradise By the Dashboard Light, Two Out of Three Ain't Bad, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Holding Out for a Hero, and Making Love (Out of Nothing at All).**

** The songs here are examples of the writers' work that you may recognize. We won't necessarily discuss those specific songs in the course.

 

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

 

Targeted for Intermediate and Advanced players. 

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

1+ and 8+ frets will be used, but workarounds will be provided for participants who don't have one.

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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