Mountain Dulcimer Chord Boot Camp

Online via zoom

Mountain Dulcimer Chord Boot Camp ONLINE 6 Wednesdays, 3/10-4/14/21, 7-8:15pm Register

In every band or jam there are different roles for players: lead, singers, back-up or rhythm. With basic knowledge of chords, mountain dulcimer players can join the jam or offer accompaniment to singing.

In this class you'll learn what makes a chord & why, basic chords in the keys of D, A & G, a little bit of the Nashville number system, chord shapes on the dulcimer fret board, strum patterns, and how to hold the rhythm down with the right harmonies. We'll experiment with the locations of these chords up & down the fret board. We'll also look at how to add harmony to melodies and create simple chord/melody arrangements on the fly.

You should have basic understanding of the fret board, have some familiarity with playing cross-string technique, and be willing to get better with all of that!

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 this year. With Steve Eulberg, she co-founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra in 2014, which just finished it's 7th season, virtually. 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.