Mountain Dulcimer Ensemble/Advanced Beginners
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Mountain Dulcimer Ensemble/Advanced Beginners & up
This ensemble will help you get practice with some simple tunes with up to 4 parts to play in ensemble. Everyone will learn all parts of each tune and get a chance to learn how to play a bass line, back-up chords, melody & harmony. Each melody part can stand alone as a solo, too! You'll learn what "chop chords" are, get practice in hammers & pulls, and learn how to extend your listening to other players.
Text will be Tull Glazener's "Dulcified String Band" available in both physical & digital forms, here:
Please purchase before coming to the first class.
This class is open to dulcimer players who have taken Intro to Mountain Dulcimer & Mountain Dulcimer 2. Please contact the instructor if you want to check if this class will be right for you!
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 private voice, mountain dulcimer, and songwriting. Deborah founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering at The Freight in 2013, continuing to it's 8th annual events in May, 2020. 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 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. A book of her music and original arrangements is planned for a 2019 release in celebration of her 40th year with the dulcimer.
DJ lives in her Oakland craftsman cottage with Buffalo. When time and the cat permit, she knits. Learn more about DJ at djhamouris.com.