Intro to Mountain Dulcimer

Online via Zoom

6 Wednesdays, 1/13-2/17/21, 5:30-6:45pm PST $139.50-$155.00 Online via Zoom!

Register at https://secure.thefreight.org/158/178

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.

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 are local, I have loaner dulcimers available for a $50 deposit. To purchase one yourself, I recommend looking for the following brands, new or used: New Harmony Dulcimer Co., Folkcraft, McSpadden, Blue Lion. Write me at deborahj@djhamouris.com for more info on this important choice.

DJ Hamouris Deborah (DJ to her friends) is a musician, songwriter, teacher, recording artist, and community music organizer. She teaches mountain dulcimer at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage and in her Oakland home. Deborah founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering at The Freight in 2013, and just produced the first online dulcimer festival in May, 2020. She co-founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra with Steve Eulberg in 2014. The ensemble just completed it's 7th season.

Musically versatile, she performs as both a jazz vocalist as well as a traditionally-influenced songsmith on her dulcimer. DJ has 7 recordings, including two collaborations with renowned guitarist, Mimi Fox. "Indian Summer," a book of her music and original arrangements was released in 2019 celebrating 40 years of dulcimer love.

DJ lives in her 1906 craftsman cottage with her husband and music partner, Buffalo. Learn more about DJ at https://djhamouris.com/

$139.50 (Freight Donor); $155.00 (General)

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer Tunes

Online via Zoom

6 Wednesdays, 1/13-2/17/21, 7-8:45pm PST $139.50-$155.00 Register https://secure.thefreight.org/158/179

Online via Zoom!

Get some beyond beginner tunes under your fingers! Fiddles tunes, tunes using a capo, early music finger-picking tunes, and some experience adding chords to a melody. These are meant for those who have some experience playing basic chords and cross-string technique. You'll learn a few tunes each class and venture into at least 2 tunings.

DJ Hamouris Deborah (DJ to her friends) is a musician, songwriter, teacher, recording artist, and community music organizer. She teaches mountain dulcimer at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage and in her Oakland home. Deborah founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering at The Freight in 2013, and just produced the first online dulcimer festival in May, 2020. In 2014 she co-founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra with Steve Eulberg. The ensemble just completed it's 7th season.

Musically versatile, she performs as both a jazz vocalist as well as a traditionally-influenced songsmith on her dulcimer. DJ has 7 recordings, including two collaborations with renowned guitarist, Mimi Fox. "Indian Summer," a book of her music and original arrangements was released in 2019 celebrating 40 years of dulcimer love.

DJ lives in her 1906 craftsman cottage with her husband and music partner, Buffalo. Learn more about DJ at https://djhamouris.com/

$139.50 (Freight Donor); $155.00 (General)

DulciMates: 2021

YouTube Live

The DulciMates try 2021 for a month and give a musical report. We'll reach into our grab-bag of tunes and pull some cool ones out for you. A little retro, a little old-time, a couple of originals and maybe Hank Williams for good measure. Live on YouTube.com https://youtu.be/XURkIl4kSS4

Subscribe to DJ's YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYSKEotePvvXzGy9RSY5CGg

tips: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/DeborahHamouris1

Quarantune Virtual Dulcimer Fest 3.0

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Online Zoom Event

The Quarantune Dulcimer Fest continues rocking the online music festival world, with over 50 instructors teaching 500+ classes over 2 days. DJ will teach 8 mountain dulcimer classes, from novice to intermediate level. Classes are $10 each! Registration opens about 4 weeks ahead. Sign up on their website to get notices in your email inbox! (More details as the dates get closer.)

$10 and up

9th Annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering

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Online Zoom Event

The Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering ONLINE Watch this space for details on the 9th annual gathering We will have full tracks for both mountain and hammer dulcimers, this year. Teachers include: Ilace Mears HD, Steve Eulberg HD & MD, Heidi Mueller MD, DJ Hamouris MD, Dusty Thorburn MD, Kay Bolin MD with Erin Mae Lewis as our Zoom host and playing circle leader! Concerts Friday & Saturday nights. Workshops Saturday & Sunday. write djh@berkeleydulcimergathering.com for more info & to get on the mailing list. SEE YOU IN MAY, 2021!