Intro to Mountain Dulcimer ONLINE w/Deborah Hamouris
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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 like The Beatles & Leonard Cohen.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on this important choice.
"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
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 , currently in 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/