Mountain Dulcimer II is designed for players with some familiarity with 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. Ornaments, such as hammers, pulls, and slides, will be incorporated into lessons & applied to tunes.
*Prerequisites: comfort with tuning and tablature, some melody tune experience, understanding of fretting and basic strums, and a nodding acquaintance with chords.
DJ is a composer, teacher, recording artist, and community music organizer. She teaches mountain dulcimer at The Freight in Berkeley, CA, and in her east bay home. DJ founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering in 2013, produced the first online dulcimer festival in 2020, and co-founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra in 2014 with Steve Eulberg. Since March 2020 she has participated in 10 global virtual dulcimer festivals and is planning Dulcimoon – a women-led virtual dulcimer festival for 2023. Musically versatile, she performs with her husband, Buffalo, as The DulciMates. DJ has produced 6 recordings and "Indian Summer," a book of her music and original arrangements for mountain dulcimer. She is working on a similar book for the baritone dulcimer. Learn more about DJ’s recordings, books, and online classes at https://djhamouris.com/.
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