Introducing Online Classes

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) 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.

Raise Your Playing to the Next Level ...... 6-week course

Wednesdays at 1:30pm EDT. August 4, 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1, 8.

1+ and 8+ frets will be used in this class.

We’ll take a fresh journey beyond the mountain dulcimer's folk origins, and see how to convincingly play almost any kind of music you want. And while it’s wonderful to jam in unison with other dulcimers, you’ll learn how to also join other instruments on their musical turf. Along the way, we'll have plenty of examples you didn't expect to find on a dulcimer.

  • Finding all the chords up and down your fretboard.
  • Accompanying songs in “non-dulcimer” keys.
  • Using the 1+ fret to play in G and C – two favorite keys on other instruments. 
  • Right hand: Moving beyond “strum patterns,” to whatever the song needs.
  • Left hand expressiveness: Playing what’s in the song, not just what’s in the tab.
  • Pentatonic scales all over your dulcimer – and what you can do with them.
  • Secrets of jamming with guitar players.
  • And more. 

Targeted for Intermediate and Upper Intermediate players. 

DAD tuning. A capo will be used at times.

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

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

$150.00

  • Available

Make the Most of Your Chromatic Dulcimer ...... 6-week course

Wednesdays at 3:30pm EDT. August 4, 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1, 8.

Chromatic dulcimer gives you musical freedom and superpowers: The more you know, the more easily you can learn songs from recordings or songbooks, play songs in your best key for singing, play songs that wouldn’t work on an ordinary dulcimer, or jam together with non-dulcimer instruments (no matter what key the horn player or the guitarist’s capo demands). You’ll learn how to do all those things, plus 

  • Chromatic chord progressions you can play anywhere on the fretboard.
  • All kinds of chords beyond just majors, minors, and 7ths.
  • Playing melodies and variations.
  • Ways to avoid looking down at your instrument.
  • Deciding which key to play in.
  • And more.

Targeted for Intermediate and Advanced players, though anybody with a chromatic dulcimer will benefit from this class. 

DAD tuning. A capo will be used at times.

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

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

$150.00

  • Available

Don't see what you want? I also teach private lessons. CONTACT ME.