FRI 1 workshops

2:00-3:00 ET Friday afternoon 

1:00 CT / 12:00 MT / 11:00 PT



Hammered Dulcimer 101 – Marya Katz (BEG) – FRI 1

For those who have either never tried the dulcimer, or have one that you've tapped on a few times and then put in the back of your closet or under your bed, this session is for you!  We'll learn where the notes are by playing rhythms and nursery rhymes, explore the mysteries of tuning all those strings, find how it feels to produce a clear tone, and learn a simple tune in the key of D (our favorite!).  It would be helpful to be able to read music, but is not necessary.  A recording device is also recommended.  All handouts will be supplied.


Moving Forward by Simply Backing Up – Dave Neiman (MID) – FRI 1

Learn to play backup from the ground up. We will work on simple 1- and 2-note backup techniques then move on to basic chord backup. You will get to practice backing up with recorded fiddle tunes at first slowly then speeded up. Chord shapes will be introduced to expand your toolkit even further.


Paradiddles, Flams, and Why They Matter – Cliff Cole (MID-ADV) – FRI 1

Paradiddles and flams are two of the basic rudiments that every student of percussion learns. Since the dulcimer is a percussion instrument, we’ll explore these and other rudiments, and see how they can be integrated into your playing to add flavor and spice.




Easy Blues for Ukulele – Lil’ Rev – FRI 1

Suitable for all levels familiar with basic chords: major, minor, and some 7ths. We’ll focus on common blues progressions including 12 & 8 bar, basic turnarounds, simple riffs, adding a triple feel, and small handful of classic blues songs!



Mountain Dulcimer 101 – Norm Williams (BEG) – FRI 1

Basic Melody and Basic Strum – Learn how to understand your instrument, how to hold your dulcimer, hold the pick, hand positioning and how to get started playing simple melodies by ear and by tab. Work through several simple tunes – “Twinkle, Twinkle,” “Bile them Cabbage” & “Aunt Rhody.”


History of the Appalachian Dulcimer – John Hallberg (ALL) – FRI 1

John will give an up-close view of dulcimers of the past, from his vantage point as founder and curator of a forthcoming dulcimer museum in Sperryville, Virginia. You’ll see and hear about samples that he’s found either in his own explorations or through his association with fellow collectors such as the late Ralph Lee Smith. This “tour” will include various styles of dulcimer from the different key dulcimer regions. Why are we here? Come find out.


Spirituals – Nina Zanetti (NOV) – FRI 1

These beautiful songs with their rich harmonies and deep spirituality translate well to mountain dulcimer.  Learn to play some familiar and not-so-familiar spirituals, while we explore some of the harmonies and rhythms of this wonderful music. DAD tuning.


Bass Dulcimer Styles – Kirk House (NOV-INT) – FRI 1

Like most instruments, the Bass Dulcimer can be played in a number of different methods, or ‘styles.’ These might be defined by the type of music you’re playing, the approach you take in playing with others (‘traditional’ bass style, chordal accompaniment, or solo instrument), or even just the time signature of the song. We’ll explore a few styles – including jazz, blues, and boogie-woogie – and see just how diverse the Bass Player can be!


Joni Mitchell Style – Joellen Lapidus (INT) – FRI 1

One of the world’s most famous mountain dulcimer players, Joni included several dulcimer tracks on her renowned Blue album 50 years ago. Learn how to play the way she does.


Turlough O’Carolan Tunes – Bill Collins (INT-ADV) – FRI 1

Though composed for the harp, Carolan’s beautiful melodies can be readily adapted to the dulcimer.  After a brief introduction to Carolan’s life and musical influences, we’ll learn several of Carolan’s lesser-known tunes.  DAD, DGD


FRI 2 workshops

3:15–4:15 ET Friday afternoon

2:15 CT / 1:15 MT / 12:15 PT



Hammered Dulcimer 102 – Carrie Crompton (BEG) – FRI 2

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German Christmas Carols: The Ones You Don’t Know – Carmen Amrein (MID) – FRI 2

Everyone knows Silent Night and Oh du Fröhliche, but do you know all our other lovely German Christmas carols? Join me and learn some of our most beautiful carols for the holiday season.


Tunes From Taizé – Marya Katz (ADV) – FRI 2

The Taizé Community in France, an ecumenical Christian monastic fraternity founded in 1940, has produced at least 50 chants that are appropriate for various parts of church services.  Being chants, they lend themselves to much repetition and opportunity for backup/improvisation.





Singing With Expression – Juliana Parker (ALL) – FRI 2

What makes a performance touch an audience’s heart? What is the key to adding passion to a performance? Develop your expressive muscles and get the most out of your emotions, by tapping into body language and getting familiar with your reflection and inflection.




Mountain Dulcimer 102: Next Steps–Sandy Lafleur (BEG) –FRI 2

Smoothing out your strumming and accurate fretting will get your playing off to a great start. We'll focus on the role each hand plays and how they work together to make beautiful music.


Dulcimeditation – Kevin Roth (ALL) – FRI 2

Dulcimer musician and artist Kevin Roth has developed a playing technique and philosophy called Dulcimeditation, which has become recognized in the dulcimer community. He has taught this to his students to help bring a sense of inner-peace and clarity into their lives with positive results


Less Is More:  Noter-Style Dulcimer – Bill Collins – FRI 2 (ALL)

Playing with a noter is not widely in vogue at the present.  It’s an approach that’s sometimes regarded as “primitive,” but it’s very challenging and can be extremely satisfying.  Given its historical importance and its critical association with the instrument, noting is a technique with which every dulcimer player should gain some familiarity.  This workshop shows you the basics of the two main traditions of noting and introduces what may be a new approach to some old familiar tunes, as well as encourages fresh appreciation for diatonic fretting.  You’ll need a noter, dowel or similar object.


Fingerpicking “Training Wheels” – Nina Zanetti (NOV) – FRI 2

Mystified by the fingerstyle approach to playing mountain dulcimer? We’ll break it down into three basic skills:  right hand technique (how to produce a good tone, how to use different fingers to create patterns, how to bring out the melody notes); left hand technique (smooth chord transitions); and how to decipher fingerstyle tablature. This brief introduction to the “basics” will prepare you to approach  simple fingerstyle arrangements with confidence. DAD tuning.


The Lower String Is Your Best Friend! – Cristian Huet (INT-ADV) – FRI 2

When playing a song, you can use the bass string to play melody, to create harmonies, to play some walking bass, some chords and play in “slap style” like a funky bassist. Sometimes, you also can play tremolos with the right hand fingers. All of that gives variety and different sounds to increase the pleasure of your listeners. We’ll work on all of that, especially on the slap, which is one of my favorite special techniques.


Texas Fiddle Tunes – Mark Gilston (ADV) – FRI 2

East, west and central Texas each have very distinctive styles of fiddle playing.  Texas was a hotbed of competitive fiddle contests and bred many great fiddlers with unique repertoires.  We’ll tackle a couple Texas versions of well known tunes and if there’s time, we’ll try a waltz from the famous west Texas Lewis Brothers.


FRI 3 workshops

4:30–5:30 ET Friday afternoon

3:30 CT / 2:30 MT / 1:30 PT



Mapping the Hammered Dulcimer – Cliff Cole (BEG) – FRI 3

In this workshop we will explore different ways of playing scales and chords using some common patterns inherent to the hammered dulcimer’s layout. The student will learn how to better utilize redundant notes to make sticking patterns easier and faster to play. We will explore some of the chord pattern possibilities that are often overlooked.


Bill’s Hammering Techniques – Bill Robinson (MID-ADV) – FRI 3

We’ll take a familiar tune and build various embellishments onto it. Bill will also explain his flexible hammers and the uncommon way that he tunes his bass bridge.


Advanced Japanese Music – MiMi Hashizume (ADV) – FRI 3

I have a really beautiful song which was written for my dulcimer. It’s the theme song for a Japanese TV drama, which I played on the recording of. It has slow melody and so beautiful harmonies. You’ll learn Japanese chords, tremolo (roll) techniques, and plucking.




Metronome Tricks for More Advanced Players Judy House – FRI 3

You have been using a metronome to help you build speed and keep even time. Now you are ready for the next step! In this workshop, you will learn how to use the metronome deliberately and intentionally to solve specific musical problems you may be having.  I will provide you with some tips on ways to use your metronome in your practice sessions to help you when learning more advanced pieces.



Let’s Go a-Chording – Norm Williams (BEG) – FRI 3

In this class we will learn how to use chords to enhance the tunes and songs and allow the student to explore the fret board. We’ll also look at hand-placement that allows the player to comfortably manage the changes. Once again we’ll use several simple tunes building on your repertoire.


Dulcimer Playing and Ergonomics – Bill Collins – FRI 3 (ALL)

Get tips on position, posture, and motion that will help keep your dulcimer playing pain-free, injury-free, comfortable, and efficient throughout your playing life.  The workshop is taught by a long-time dulcimer player and trained ergonomics auditor. 


Putting Theory Into Practice – Sandy Lafleur (NOV-INT) – FRI 3

Music theory as it applies to the Appalachian dulcimer – 4 frequently encountered modes, how to "Build a Chord", chord substitutions – when and how to use them.


Bass Dulcimer: Playing In the Box – Kirk House (INT) – FRI 3

This workshop will explore a technique known to guitarists as ‘playing in the box’; it was used almost exclusively by the great bluesman B.B. King, as well as many others.  We will learn what the pentatonic scale is, and where it lies on the dulcimer fretboard.


Balkan Music & Additive Rhythms – Mark Gilston (INT) – FRI 3

We’ll explain additive rhythms, one of the distinctive features of much of the music of the Balkan countries, and learn a couple of tunes in a 5 rhythm.


Modern Left-Hand Style – Cristian Huet (ADV) – FRI 3

We’ll work on various modern tricks you can do with your left hand on the fretboard. You can bend notes. You can play with sliding fingers. You can make hammer-ons, pulloffs, and combinations of multiple hammer-ons and pulloffs to create fast, amazing, and dynamic arpeggios. All of that is like spices to put stars in the eyes of your audience. And catch their attention for your music, like butterflies in a filet!


SAT 1 workshops

10:00–11:15 ET /morning class

9:00 CT / 8:00 MT / 7:00 PT



Scales, Exercises and Improving Your Bridge Crossings – Dave Neiman (BEG) – SAT 1

We will explore 3 different ways to play a major scale. These scales will help inform when to cross your hands across a bridge in order to make learning tunes easier and more efficient. You will also learn some “limber up” exercises to get your hammers flyting. We will put these scales and exercises to use though learning a simple melody or two.


Playing With Two Voices – MiMi Hashizume (MID) – SAT 1

The hammered dulcimer plays single melodies beautifully, but sometimes by adding a distinct second part to the music it can add even more beauty. We’ll take a familiar, slow song that has ample space for accompaniment, and we’ll add some arrangement techniques and other “tricks” to make it more interesting.


Baroque Salterio Music – Carmen Amrein (ADV) – SAT 1

Take a trip back in time while we bring to life a stunning Solo tune from the Baroque period, originally composed for the Baroque type of HD – the Salterio. Learn how to play the tune step by step, and learn about the genre’s dynamics, ornamentation, and phrasing.





How to Improve Your Practice & Performance – Michele Gourley (ALL) – SAT 1 

When you’re playing on stage – or in front of friends – do you feel self-conscious? If you miss a note, do you stop playing or apologize? Do you long to be more comfortable or confident when you play in front of others? Does learning new songs seem more laborious than it should be? Come find some approaches to help overcome these obstacles, and discover simple ways to get out of your own way to be a better performer and improve your practice.




String-Side Up – Bill Collins (BEG) – SAT 1

An introduction to mountain dulcimer for beginners.  Learn how to tune, hold, fret, and strum your instrument. The workshop introduces the “bum diddy” strum pattern, your first three chords, and how tablature works.


Care & Feeding of Your Mountain Dulcimers – Joellen Lapidus (ALL) – SAT 1

Strings, frets, action, etc. What can go wrong, and how to keep them right.


Playing Multi-Part Arrangements – Kirk & Judy House (ALL) – SAT 1

Playing with a group requires additional skills along with those used when we play alone.  Playing in a group, where there are several different parts, can even be nerve-wracking, but fun at the same time – not to mention more full and beautiful.  In this workshop, we will talk about how to accomplish this and what skills we need to implement it.  We will work on 2 or 3 songs with 3 to 6 parts.  Bring your standard instrument, as well as bass or baritone, to join in. 


Playing By Ear – Ellen Pratt (NOV-INT) – SAT 1

Listening to songs is fun, but what happens when you want to play along? You will learn how to determine the key and through trial and error, you’ll learn to pick out chords or melody notes so that you can start playing along. Bring a pencil.


Playing in Other Keys – Grant Olson (INT) – SAT 1

The most typical key to play in DAD tuning is the key of D; however, in this workshop we will learn a song in G and a song in A, so you have more flexibility playing by yourself and with other musicians. Rather than using a capo, we will make use of the entire fretboard for both songs, giving us opportunity to practice some different chord shapes.


Music of Scandinavia – Mark Gilston (ADV) – SAT 1

Scandinavian music has very distinctive styles and rhythms.  We’ll look at two of the most popular dance rhythms: a hambo from Sweden, and a Reinlander (schottish) from Norway.


TablEdit for Experienced Users – Melanie Johnston – SAT 1

If you have been using TablEdit but have questions, frustrations or are ready for some tips and tricks, come to this class! I have lots to show you and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. Equipment: For class, you may choose to watch, listen and take notes or log on to zoom with your phone or tablet and work alongside on your computer.


SAT 2 workshops

11:30–12:30 ET morning class

10:30  CT / 9:30 MT / 8:30 PT



Shuffle Time – Carrie Crompton (BEG) – SAT 2

Shuffling is a fiddle technique that gives energy to reels. We’ll adapt that technique to our dulcimer hammering patterns on a couple of well-known reels in the key of D. Tunes: “Wind That Shakes the Barley” and “Mississippi Sawyer.”


Bill Robinson’s Greatest Hits – Bill Robinson (MID) – SAT 2

Learn three of Bill’s most requested tunes: Festival Rag, St. Charles Dulcimer Blues, and Stepping Out With George.


It’s German Polka Time! – Carmen Amrein (MID) – SAT 2

Get your Lederhosen and Dirndl out and learn the lovely Anna Polka and Bummel Petrus Polka (Rambling Peter). Both Polkas have a lovely ear catching melody and maybe I’ll be teaching those tunes wearing one of my Dirndls.


Basic Skill of Beats – MiMi Hashizume (ADV) – SAT 2

We’ll use the hammered dulcimer as both a rhythm instrument and a melodic instrument at the same time, interweaving a percussive beat through a tune. You can apply this technique to many tunes – plus, it’s great brain training!




Blues Harmonica 101 … Lil’ Rev – SAT 2

Join award-winning harmonica champ and author Lil Rev for an hour of blues licks, riffs, boogie, percussive tricks, the blues scale, basic bending and more. Open to anyone who's already playing the harmonica but would love to bolster their toolkit with some new tricks and licks!



Pop and Rock Basics – Sam Edelston (BEG) – SAT 2

The mountain dulcimer isn’t just for folk songs and fiddle tunes. If you grew up with pop or rock music, any time since the 1950s, you can play many of your favorite songs with a dulcimer: Just as a typical teenager with a guitar starts with a few basic chords and a head full of songs, we’ll use chords on our dulcimers. Extra bonus: Pop music is great for your strumming hand, too. We’ll be tuned DAD, and we’ll have fun, fun, fun!


The Onederful 1 1/2 Fret – Sandy Lafleur (NOV) – SAT 2

It used to be an oddity; now it is becoming much more common and for good reason! The 1 1/2 fret opens up a whole new world of music without retuning or using a capo; new notes, new modes, new chords. If you do not have a 1 1/2 on your instrument, information will be sent to you before the festival so that you can safely and temporarily install one on your instrument to see how you like this "new" fret.


What You Can Learn From Bass Players – Kirk House (NOV-INT) – SAT 2

If you had a bass dulcimer player (or a regular bass player) playing with you, you’d need him/her to be strong at two critical skills – and “being a fretboard wizard” is NOT one of them. What bass players DO need is (1) a good sense of rhythm, and (2) the ability to “hear” chord changes during a song. These two skills are actually important to ANY musician – not just bass players. We’ll focus on honing your ability to do both of those things.


Don’t Use That Finger! – Grant Olson (INT-ADV)– SAT 2

Over the summer I cut my ring finger, which forced me to be extra creative with alternate fingerings on the left hand. In this class, we'll learn a basic fiddle tune with a few chords, then explore alternate fingerings without using a particular finger, such as the ring finger. We'll work together to either find a different fingering, or a new chord shape, and grow in our flexibility of left hand fingering.


Turning a Simple Tune Into a Masterpiece – Cristian Huet (INT-ADV) – SAT 2

We take a simple, common tune… and we’ll add a few tricks to make it much more interesting. Step by step, as we add more, our humble tune will become very rich and amazing. You will be able to apply this approach to any tune you play.


TablEdit for New Users – Melanie Johnston – SAT 2

If you have thought about learning TablEdit to create your own arrangements and tablature, this class will give you an introduction to the program and some guidance on next steps.

Equipment: In preparation for class, go to the TablEdit website and download the free demo program for PC or MAC. . You may purchase the full program for $60, but for class the demo is fine. The version of the program for tablets will not be covered in this class. 

Note: For this class, you may choose to watch, listen and take notes or log on to zoom with your phone or tablet and work along side on your computer.


SAT 3 workshops

1:45–3:00 ET afternoon class

12:45  CT / 11:45 MT / 10:45 PT



Accents for Emphasis – Marya Katz (BEG-MID) – SAT 3

7 different ways to give a melody note more attention beyond just hitting it harder (using the force of gravity).  Includes: bounced roll; 2-note block chord (harmony); rolled chord up/down/middle (also harmony); valley roll (more harmony); pull down grace notes; push up grace notes; short trill


Hammered Dulcimers of Western European – Carmen Amrein (ALL) – SAT 3

Dulce Melos, Salterio, Hackbrett, Cimbalom, all those instruments are family members, but do you know how they differ from the American hammered dulcimer and from each other? Join me on a trip through time and Europe and let me explain the differences to you, plus, you’ll learn a hit song from each instrument.


Triad Rolls – Carrie Crompton – (MID) – SAT 3

Rolled three-note chords can add a lot of depth to a melody. We’ll explore just a few ergonomic triads that can be used in the keys of Am and G to create rich-sounding arrangements. Tunes: “Brian Boru’s March” and “Munster Cloak.”


Accompanying Malcolm Dalglish Choral Music – Patti Amelotte (ADV) – SAT 3

Hammered dulcimer master Malcolm Dalglish has become a popular arranger of choral music, and many of his works are scored for hammered dulcimer and percussion accompaniment. His “Hymnody of the Earth” (a suite based on the poetry of Wendell Barry) and pieces like “Sail Away, Ladies,” are covered by choirs and choruses around the world, and choral directors often look for hammered dulcimer players to accompany them. In this workshop, we will explore approaches for folk oriented HD players to "survive" and thrive in a classical choral environment.



Solfège for the Folkie’s Soul – Juliana Parker (ALL) – SAT 3

Your ear is your greatest tool as a musician, so train it! Using movable “do” to communicate and analyze a melody or bass line allows you to learn and play with others more effectively. Jumping into a jam session can be as simple as, “do re mi!”


Tips for Improving Your Teaching–Judy House (INT-ADV) – SAT 3

Do you give lessons or teach workshops – on playing dulcimers or any other instrument? We all want to be the best we can be, but the old saying, “Those who can’t do, teach,” is far from the truth! Teaching is both an art and a science. In this workshop, we will look at some of the most important points that a teacher must know and use in order to be effective.



Stressless Strumming – Ellen Pratt (BEG) – SAT 3

It’s common for newer players to be confused about the “right” way to strum, or to have strums that sound more mechanical than musical. Don’t worry – we’ve all been there. Ellen will show you how to smooth things out and practice simple strum patterns that will enhance the new music that you are playing on dulcimer. DAD tuning


Noodling (and a Way to Remember It) – Norm Williams (NOV) – SAT 3

Have you ever played something and thought, “I wish I could remember that!” Take a few minutes and let yourself go with your mountain dulcimer. If you hear something you like (and you will), learn how to write it down and to remember and develop it into a theme. Knowledge of TAB not needed – we’ll learn it. DAD


Songwriting With the Mountain Dulcimer – Thomasina Levy (NOV-ADV) – SAT 3

Some people write at pianos, some people write in the shower. Some people write with a dulcimer. It’s easy and fun. I’ll show how.


Music of the Medieval Period (approx. 500-1400 AD) – Nina Zanetti (INT) – SAT 3

The fascinating music of this period includes everything from plainchant and liturgical drama to music of the troubadours and songs of courtly love.  With instruments, rhythms, and harmonies so different from what we know today, this enchanting music will transport you to a different time and place. DAD, possibly other tunings.


Chromatic Dulcimer and Its Superpowers – Sam Edelston (INT-ADV) – SAT 3

Use your chromatic to paint with all the colors! We’ll look at different things it lets you do, and how a chromatic actually can be simpler – not more complicated – to play. Then, we’ll explore playing in different keys, chord progressions from various musical genres, and some of the colorful chord options that this instrument gives you. DAD, and bring a capo.


Huet-Style Workshop – Cristian Huet (ADV) – SAT 3

"One of my special tricks is two hands tapping. We can play polyphonic tapping, sliding tapping, a lot of things to change a song, or just the final of a song, and make with it like fireworks. I’ll give you all my tricks. After that, you’ll can give to others, like love all around the word or… like a funny virus (a funny!). This class is for well advanced players. Intermediates and beginners do have risks of instrumental crashes, epilepsy or impossibility to remember the place of their houses, after!"


SAT 4 workshops

3:15–4:15 ET afternoon class

2:15  CT / 1:15 MT / 12:15 PT



A Brief History of Time Signatures–Cliff Cole (BEG-MID) – SAT 4

We’ll explore time signatures that are commonly used in folk music such as old time and Irish music. Exercises in syncopation will be explored to help learn the proper timing of things like quarter notes and eighth notes along with triplets and rests. Hopefully, we won't fall into any of Steven Hawking's black holes. But that is all relative.


Tunes With a Story Behind Them – Bill Robinson (MID) – SAT 4

How often do we play a tune like “Child Grove” or “Nail That Catfish to a Tree” without knowing why it has that name? But with recently-composed music, it’s possible to ask the writer. Here, we’ll have the composer in the room to teach you some very playable tunes and tell you the stories behind them.


Creating Solo Arrangements – Dave Neiman (ADV) – SAT 4

Learn how to take a melody and use the underlying chord structure to create your own unique arrangement. This class will be using one or two fairly common waltz melodies. We will be exploring what notes to play as harmonies and different techniques for adding them. What’s key is understanding that there is no “one right way” in an arrangement -- just different possibilities. The goal is to arrange a tune to “make it your own.” Some knowledge of music theory -- understanding chords -- will be helpful.




Turning Poems Into Songs – Juliana Parker (ALL) – SAT 4

Add melody both to original poems and those of your favorite poets! Determine what is the bottom line and what how to musically highlight a good refrain or chorus, without the pressure of coming up with new lyrics.



Beginners' Roundtable – Nina Zanetti (BEG) – SAT 4

If you’re on “information overload” and feel confused about anything you’ve been learning this weekend, bring your questions and we’ll help you get things sorted out. You will also leave with several easy new tunes to add to your repertoire. DAD tuning.


All About Tone Woods – Richard Ash (ALL) – SAT 4

The wood that makes up your instrument helps to give it its distinct voice, and there really are differences among the various woods. Being online, it will be easy to have a variety of samples at hand, and to demonstrate the differences.


Improving Your Fingering – Judy House (NOV-INT) – SAT 4

All hands are different, but if you find a fingering system that works, you should stick to it! Developing a fingering system often feels awkward at first, because you aren’t used to it, but with time and practice, it will become a habit.  Come take a look at some various fingering ideas and start developing your personal system today!


Galax Tunes – Ellen Pratt (INT) – SAT 4

Participants will learn about the history of the Galax dulcimer, how it differs from the mountain dulcimer we all mostly play, learn how to tune the dulcimer as a Galax dulcimer, and learn some traditional Galax dulcimer tunes.

Chromatic Dulcimer ... Jewish Music &t he Freygish Scale – Mark Gilston (INT) – SAT 4

Jewish and Klezmer (eastern European Jewish) music often uses a particular eastern scale which gives it a special character.  This scale, which is also widely used in north Africa, central Asia, Eastern Europe and India, features an augmented 2nd in the first 4 notes for which reason it is best played on a chromatic dulcimer.  We will learn two well known Jewish pieces which use this particular scale.


Flexible Fingerpicking – Grant Olson (ADV) – SAT 4

There are some fiddle tunes that simply have to be flatpicked... or do they? I will teach you to fingerpick a couple fiddle tunes, and how to alternate between fingers to pick the fast melodies. Rather than assigning one finger per string, we will use all three fingers freely, wherever they are most needed. (Note: I will be fingerpicking with my pointer, middle, and ring fingers for this class).


SAT 5 workshops

4:30–5:30 ET afternoon class

3:30  CT / 2:20 MT / 1:30 PT



Traditional Japanese Music – MiMi Hashizume (BEG) – SAT 5

Using the traditional tune “Sakura Sakura,” you will learn Japanese pentatonic scales, as well as simple tremolo (or roll) techniques. In addition, you will begin learning to coordinate your two hands, playing some easy accompaniment along with the melody. In the end, you’ll have an elegant musical arrangement worthy of the cherry blossom, itself.


Care & Feeding of Your Hammered Dulcimer – Chris Foss (ALL) – SAT 5

Maintenance and adjustments, dealing with bridges, changing strings, dulcimer stands, your playing setup, or whatever other questions you may have


Easy Improvisation – When You’re Tired of the Same Old Tune – Marya Katz (MID) – SAT 5

Participants will learn a few techniques that can be used to make a tune more interesting as well as relieve the boredom of playing it the same way every time (useful for jams; also useful for playing backup).


Modern Hackbrett Music – Carmen Amrein (ADV) – SAT 5

Have your imagination and accidentals ready for two lovely modern Hackbrett music tunes: “Full Moon Dream“ and "Song of the Flying Elephant“ – both playable on 12/11 dulcimers!




Ukulele: Super-Cool Strum Hand Techniques – Lil’ Rev – SAT 5

Learn Rolls, Triplets, Slides, Genre Strums, Syncopated Strums and more for the ukulele with North American Ukulele Master Lil Rev. Open to anyone who's already strumming but would like to learn some cool new strumming techniques to spice up their playing.




Easy Dulcimer Repertoire – Sandy Lafleur (BEG) – SAT 5

We'll cover a handful of tunes perfect for the beginning player using easy to read dulcimer tablature as well as standard notation. Also tips on "finding" some tunes you already know on the dulcimer.


Darn Good Ditties – Ellen Pratt (NOV) – SAT 5

DGD tunes are fiddle tunes in the key of G. You will learn how to retune and play a selection of songs in this key.


Developing Your Hand Skills – Norm Williams (INT) – SAT 5

Picking patterns, Arpeggios & triplets – patterns and repetitions for your right and left hands that will make you a better player. DAD


Fingerstyle Seminar – Nina Zanetti (INT-ADV) – SAT 5

For experienced players who are already comfortable with basic fingerpicking. If you enjoy fingerstyle dulcimer but wish you could play this style more effectively, this workshop is for you! Come with your questions, and we’ll troubleshoot whatever may be confusing you. Topics may cover common problems, such as how to achieve a good tone and how to avoid “machine gun” playing; but the emphasis will be on whatever you find challenging about this technique. You will also leave with several lovely tunes to add to your repertoire. DAD tuning.


Chromatic Dulcimer ... Bach to the Chromatic – Grant Olson (INT-ADV) – SAT 5

Join me on a journey through my arrangement of Bach's Cello Suite 1. I'll explain my thought process of arranging, why I made the choices I did, and how I preserve the key features of the song. Then I'll teach a few snippets from the song, demonstrating why a chromatic dulcimer is needed, and some different types of melody and arpeggios Bach uses. I'll also talk about how this song gives you practice with expression, and how it is a great challenge for left hand fingering techniques.


Forming & Running Your Own Ensemble – Kirk & Judy House (INT-ADV) – SAT 5

So, you are thinking about forming a dulcimer ensemble or orchestra?  Let’s take a look at what you need to do before your first rehearsal! We will also talk about forming a virtual group to play with others across the country or around the world!