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Monday, May 1st, 2017

Freight & Salvage Coffee House

Mountain Dulcimer 2 - 7-8:45pm

2020 Allston Street
Berkeley California US
Price: $130/$140 after 4/25

Mountain Dulcimer II w/ DJ Hamouris

6 Mondays, 5:30-6:45 pm, beginning May 1
$130.00 advance / $140.00 after April 25

Mountain Dulcimer II is designed for those with some familiarity on their instrument. We will explore scales, finger-dexterity exercises, chords and at least two tunings. New tunes will be presented each week in the chord-melody and cross-string techniques.

*Pre-requisites: comfort with tuning and tablature, some melody tune experience, understanding of fretting and basic strums, and a nodding acquaintance with chords.

Teacher, Deborah Hamouris, has played mountain dulcimer since 1979 and taught it for over a decade. She has a BA in Music and gets excited about teaching music both privately & in classes. Deborah currently directs two singing groups and plays in a folk duo, The DulciMates, with husband Buffalo. In 2013 she created the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering at the Freight & Salvage, which takes place in 2017 on 6/10 @the Freight.


Monday, May 1st, 2017

Freight & Salvage Coffee House

Introduction to Mountain Dulcimer - 5:30-6:45pm

2020 Allston Street
Berkeley California US
Price: $130/$140 after 4/25

6 Mondays, 5:30-6:45 pm, beginning May 1

$130/ $140 after April 25

Mountain Dulcimer is one of the easiest & most fulfilling instruments to play. Once it's tuned you can hardly make a mistake. And though it's beautiful with "high piney" tunes from the Appalachian Mountains, it also lends itself to more contemporary music like The Beatles & Leonard Cohen.

In these 6 classes you learn 2 tunings, a couple of tunes each meeting, how to follow dulcimer tablature, some chords and strums to help you out with your musical pursuits. Once you've done that, you can join in on jams & ensemble classes Deborah offers.

NOTE: You will need a dulcimer for this class. If you need to borrow one, I have 3 loaners which must be reserved prior to the first class. To purchase one yourself, I recommend looking for the following brands, new or used: Sweetwwods, Folkcraft, Folk Roots, Capritaurus, McSpadden, Blue Lion. Sweetwoods offers a student model for $125.00, new, which you can trade in on another model. Write me at deborahj@djhamouris.com for more info on this important choice.

Teacher, Deborah Hamouris, has played mountain dulcimer since 1979 and taught it for over a decade. She has a BA in Music and gets excited about teaching music both privately & in classes. Deborah currently directs two singing groups and plays in a folk duo, The DulciMates, with husband Buffalo. In 2013 she created the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering at the Freight & Salvage, which takes place again on 6/10/17.


Sunday, May 7th, 2017

BFUU, Connie Barbour Room

Monthly Jazz Workshop - 2:30-5pm

1606 Bonita Ave.
Berkeley California 94709
Uni 5109102574
Price: $5-$25, sliding scale

$5-$25 donation to defray costs*
BFUU Connie Barbour Room
1606 Bonita Ave., 2nd floor
Berkeley, CA

Benny Watson, piano
Huy Nguyen, acoustic bass
Jack Castillo, drums

Ongoing event 1st Sunday of each month.
~Next one June 4th.

A great place to jam or work out your newest tune with a rhythm section! For both instrumentalists & vocalists.
Bring a chart and/or know your key to call a tune.
Rhythm section rotates monthly - request your favorite players.
Listeners & potluck snacks welcome!
Hosted by Deborah Hamouris & Huy Nguyen, Jazz Camp West Campers

*Our costs include room rent and payment for our professional rhythm section. Any money collected over costs will be held for months when there isn't enough to cover them.

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