Intro to Mountain Dulcimer In-Person JanuaryJan 10 2024 07:00pm - 08:15pm America/Los_Angeles


6 Wednesday Nights, 1/10-2/14/24, 7-8:15pm
Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, CA

Mountain Dulcimer is one of the easiest instruments to play. Once it’s tuned you can hardly make a mistake! It lends itself to both old time and contemporary music. Over the course of six weeks you’ll learn two tunings, how to follow dulcimer tablature, some chords and strums to help you with your musical pursuits, and a couple of tunes per meeting. DJ also has YouTube videos to help you practice. Loaners instruments are available for a refundable deposit.

"Deborah Hamouris is a terrific teacher. I've learned a lot in her intro dulcimer class and feel that it has given me the grounding to start exploring playing with others already. She has adapted well to make the online experience work. I am looking forward to the next class.” -Tom Lent, student

"I had never touched a dulcimer before last month, but in 6 short weeks of Deborah’s class I now feel capable of picking some melodies and know enough chords to play along with guitar strumming friends. Deborah’s class is really well paced for a newbie like me, challenging, rewarding, and fun. Highly recommended!” -Jennifer Ware, student

DJ (Deborah) Hamouris is a composer, teacher, recording artist, and producer of online dulcimer festivals. She teaches mountain dulcimer at The Freight in Berkeley, CA, and in her east bay home. Events she produces include: the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering in 2013 (both in person & online), Dulcimoon Virtual Dulcimer Festival (current), Baritone Dulcimer Day (annual), and Dulcimoon Talks – twice-monthly, live-streamed conversations on YouTube, shining a light on women in the global dulcimer community. Since March 2020 she has participated in global virtual dulcimer festivals including Redwood Dulcimer Day, QuaranTUNES Virtual Dulcimer Festival, NGFDA Virtual Dulcimer Festival, Blues on Mountain Dulcimer Day, and multiple lessons on DulcimerCrossing.com. Musically versatile, she performs with her husband, Buffalo, as The DulciMates. DJ has produced 6 recordings and two books of mountain dulcimer tablature, “Indian Summer” and “Baritone Folio”. Learn more about DJ’s recordings, books, and online events at djhamouris.com.

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