Mountain Dulcimer  Classes with DJ Hamouris

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.

Regardless of your experience playing Mountain Dulcimer, DJ has something to offer you. From learning the basics of playing and how to play with others, to learning more advanced tuning and playing techniques – DJ is here to guide your on your musical journey.

DJ Hamouris / Deborah Hamouris (DJ to her friends) teaches mountain dulcimer online (via Zoom), at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, and in her Oakland home.

Intro to Mountain Dulcimer


DJ offers 2 6-week classes to take you from string side up to playing across the strings on the mountain dulcimer.

6 Wednesdays, 3/10-4/14/21
5:30-6:45pm PST

Mountain Dulcimer 2


6-week class for those who have taken Intro to Mountain Dulcimer or have some familiarity on their instrument.

6 Tuesdays, 3/9-3/13/21,
4-5:15 pm, Pacific Time

Mountain Dulcimer Chord Boot Camp

Beyond Beginners

Every jam offers different roles for players: lead, singers, back-up or rhythm. With basic knowledge of chords, players can join the jam or offer accompaniment to singing.

6 Wednesdays
7-8:15pm Pacific Time

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer Tunes

Beyond Beginners

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.

6 week class,
Online via Zoom!
Dates TBD

No-Tab Jam!!

Beyond Beginners

Learn by watching! Teach your memorized tunes! Bring 2 or more tunes you know by heart to share/teach/lead with the group. DJ will help you lead.

2nd Sunday Monthly
2-3:30pm Pacific Time
Spring schedule: 3/14, 4/11, 5/9

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer Ensemble

Beyond Beginners

Have fun learning to play in an ensemble with duets, trios, and more. Genres will include classical, early music, and folk tunes. A good workout for the intermediate player!

6 week class
Offered when we can meet in person, again.
Dates TBD

Periodic Classes

Medieval & Renaissance Tunes * Duets for Standard Mountain Dulcimers * English Country Dances * Fiddle Tunes * Aeolian Tunes for Beginners * Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra 

Private lessons with DJ

Do you learn best one on one? Working directly DJ will address your specific needs and desires in learning to play the mountain dulcimer. Whether you’re a complete beginner or more advanced, together we can get your playing to where you’re satisfied with both technique and music choices.

DJ makes learning the Mountain Dulcimer fun and easy!

My Dulcimer Family

Our home collection of Mountain Dulcimers!

Contact Info

DJ Hamouris
Oakland, California
(510) 910-2574

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