Intro to Mountain Dulcimer Sunday Workshop 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, Joni Mitchell and Cyndi Lauper – even the blues!
In this workshop you’ll get familiar with the fret board and basic string playing technique, learn a few tunes, 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 & other classes Deborah offers.
NOTE: You will need a dulcimer for this class. If you need to borrow one, the instructor has loaners which must be reserved prior to the workshop. To purchase one yourself look for the following brands, new or used: Sweetwoods, Folkcraft, McSpadden, Blue Lion. Sweetwoods offers a student model for $139.00, new, which you can trade in on another model. Write the instructor at email@example.com for more info on this important choice.
Deborah “DJ” Hamouris
Deborah (DJ to her friends) is a performer, songwriter, teacher, recording artist, choral director, and community music organizer. She teaches mountain dulcimer classes at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse; directs the singing group Women & Song; and teaches mountain dulcimer, and songwriting. Deborah founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering at The Freight in 2013, continuing to its 8th annual event in May, 2020. With Steve Eulberg, she co-founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra in 2014, currently in its 8th season. Musically versatile, she performs as a jazz vocalist as well as a traditionally-influenced songsmith on her dulcimer.
DJ has seven recordings, the most recent being a collaboration with renowned guitarist, Mimi Fox -- “1 in 8,” songs written during her year as a breast cancer patient. This music accompanies their theatrical show of the same name, including personal stories from a patient’s perspective. Indian Summer, a book of her original music and arrangements was released in 2019, celebrating her 40th year with the dulcimer.