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Karen A.

4 Reviews
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Starting at $65
  • Speaks Dutch
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Therapeutic Music/ Certified Music Practitioner from Music for Healing and Transitions Program (MHTP)
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Karen A.

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Hammered Dulcimer lessons, rentals available. From basic playing through advanced arranging, including theory in many styles.

About Karen

Hammered dulcimer lessons - all styles, all levels, music theory included!

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Elizabeth S.
Fun and informative!
Mary W.
Karen is a wonderful teacher. Very experienced and patient with a beginner.
Erika H.
Karen is so friendly, sweet, and methodical in teaching style. It is wonderful to be introduced to dulcimer with her and - literally - learn how to fine tune my instrument with her tips and encouragement. She makes me even more excited to tune and play my instrument. I can easily get happily lost simply in the tuning process with my dulcimer as it brings me a lot of joy just to hear the notes come into tune and playing very small, minor amounts of things on my dulcimer as is... it is so nice to have a guide like Karen to help me better to understand and dance with my dulcimer, learn about music and how the dulcimer strings are arranged, and how to hold the hammers! I thought I was excited to learn before... I'm even more happy and excited now and have some clear, down to earth steps to begin to actually really play with my instrument!
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James W.

87 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks French - Canadian (Quebec) French, British English, American English, Australian English, Canadian French
  • Awarded Songwriting Award from Beat100.com in the UK
  • Teaching since 2002
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James W.

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Learn the Basics: You will Learn the use of fingers and plectrum. Some classic songs are fun and easy to play. Also you learn to understand dulcimer tuning and playing songs and being creative.
The Truth: Dulcimer is one of the most satisfying instruments to learn because it's easy to make a pleasant sound right from the beginning. It is part of American culture. You can start at any age, and you can have fun with it even if you don't know any music theory and have never played an instrument before. The Dulicmer is made of beautiful woods such as spruce and mahogony or walnut and is usually hand crafted. The curved body of the Dulcimer extends the length of the fingerboard, and its fretting is generally diatonic with use of 4 strings. Most play it while it is on their lap; but I have seen accomplished players play the dulcimer while standing up. It's real life origins are from the Appalachian Mountains and it is portable and a truly American made invention. So...the Dulcimer first ...

About James

New 6 Month and One Year Courses Taught: 1. Radio Introduction Personality Broadcasting. 2. Guitar Studies Advanced 3. Music Industry 4. Advanced Composition 5. Sound Design 6. Abelton LIVE 7. Premix Setup and Post Production 8. PR and Promotions Business Background: I worked for Eddie Van Hale

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Alexis C.
James took the time to make me feel comfortable in my skin which is my biggest flaw. He is amazing and I look forward moving forward
Norman
Very knowledgeable guy. Wealth of info.
Rabi
James is a wonderful film acting teacher. He taught me the importance of self-confidence and postivity. I have a new-found positive outlook on acting, thanks to James. Now I can act in anything and I know I can do it. I recommend going to James for learning about any type of acting. His stories will charm and inspire you.
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Lynn K.

47 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 1975
  • Teaches students 7 to 85
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Lynn K.

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Learning dulcimer tunings & strums with a good dose of musical info is easy & fun!

About Lynn

Whether you are 5, 25, or perhaps 85 years old when you make the decision to enter the world of music, you will be changing your life for the positive.   Your relationship with music & your chosen instrument is unique & will be lifelong.  I look forward to sharing your excitement as we pursue

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Allison Wilson
Always learninging something new
Megan
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Lynn has been teaching my children for almost 7 years off and on. She is a great teacher. Knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, friendly... a great person.
My children have done violin, ukulele, guitar, and mandolin, Highly recommended! πŸ’«
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Karen D.

31 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks English
  • Bachelor Of Music Magna Cum Laude from Berklee School Of Music
  • Teaches students 3 and up
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Karen D.

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Dulcimer:
The Appalachian dulcimer is a fretted string instrument of the zither family, typically with three or four strings. Its origins are in the Appalachian region of the United States. The body extends the length of the fingerboard, and its fretting is generally diatonic.
It is a beautiful droning instrument to learn and great for accompanying yourself or others. I always start with the basics of hand and finger technique, notes, chords, and songs. As the student progresses, if interested, I will teach theory and soloing.

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Anyone Can Learn To Sing or Play Any Instrument With My Method! No End To How Good You Can Get! Become Better Than Anyone Out There! Vocal Therapist-Can Cure ALL Vocal Damage! Karen D. -Certified Teacher of the World Famous Dante Pavone Vocal Method -Honor Graduate of Berklee School of Music

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Anthony F.
Karen is very patient & caring while teaching.
Gelaney W.
I will definitely be expanding my accordion skills & of music theory . I’ll also be adding some 😎 Jazz Standards to my repertoire ☺️.
Kelly S.
Karen was not prepared for the lesson. She spent 15 minutes trying to send me photos from a beginner Tabla book available on Amazon. She did not own a set of Tabla drums. She ensured me she could teach anything, but could not pronounce the words used for proper Tabla technique, knew no history and could not even teach me to tune. She literally was reading out of the book figuring it out along the way. I lost a lot of trust from this and asked for a full refund for future lessons.
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Kenton M.

12 Reviews
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  • Speaks
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Kenton M.

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The mountain dulcimer is a great instrument to play. One can learn many songs remarkably fast. I usually start with standard folk songs and basic strum patterns. Then the melody can be added later.

About Kenton

I have been teaching for over fifteen years. I play various styles including jazz, rock, blues, classical, country, and bluegrass. Instruments I teach include guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele. I also teach the Q Chord. I have performed in many different bands including rock, top forty,

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Joyce B.
I'm very happy with the communication and technics I have from Kenton. He makes me feel supported in my progress.
Joseph J.
very good dulcimer instructor, especially for a beginner
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"I’m so glad that I found her! Very professional and informative!"
Deborah
Took Dulcimer lessons from Karen A.
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"Karen is so friendly, sweet, and methodical in teaching style. It is wonderful to be introduced to dulcimer with her and - literally - learn how to fine tune my instrument with her tips and encouragement. She makes me even more excited to tune and play my instrument. I can easily get happily lost simply in the tuning process with my dulcimer as it brings me a lot of joy just to hear the notes come into tune and playing very small, minor amounts of things on my dulcimer as is... it is so nice to have a guide like Karen to help me better to understand and dance with my dulcimer, learn about music and how the dulcimer strings are arranged, and how to hold the hammers! I thought I was excited to learn before... I'm even more happy and excited now and have some clear, down to earth steps to begin to actually really play with my instrument!"
Erika
Took Dulcimer lessons from Karen A.
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"Fun and informative!"
Elizabeth
Took Dulcimer lessons from Karen A.
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"Karen is a wonderful teacher. Very experienced and patient with a beginner."
Mary
Took Dulcimer lessons from Karen A.
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"I've only just had my first lesson with James (aka Jimmy), and it is evident he has a very deep knowledge and experience. The manner with which James imparts his obvious talent and/or complex music theory to a novice like me is expressed in perfectly understandable terms. I hope to continue anon with James as I am able."
Daniel
Took Dulcimer lessons from James R.
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"She was very encouraging and stretched my abilities while taking the lesson at a relaxing pace."
Debra
Took Dulcimer lessons from Linda L.
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"My son had a great first lesson with Karen and is excited to learn to tune his hammered dulcimer and begin playing. Karen has a natural gift as a teacher and great demeanor. Our family is looking forward to working with her in the future."
Craig
Took Dulcimer lessons from Karen D.
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"Linda is a fantastic teacher. She makes learning a musical instrument fun.
During each lesson I learn a new tune. If I do not have a tune or song that I want to learn, then Linda suggests one. Each of her selections has been a gem. The tunes or songs that she suggests are those typically played in jams. At the end of each lesson, I have learned a new song or tune by heart. And, I am ready to attempt to play those tunes at a jam.
I am not certain where she gets all her patience -- but, it is infinite."
Gita
Took Dulcimer lessons from Linda L.
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"James was very flexible about working with my schedule. He's also very patient and clear, and works well with students of any level. He clearly knows his stuff, backwards and forwards, and is happy to help everyone get to the next level. I'm enjoying working with him!"
Jen
Took Dulcimer lessons from James R.
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Private Dulcimer Lessons Near You

The dulcimer is one of many string instruments. There are a variety of dulcimers including fretted dulcimers, hammered dulcimers, bowed dulcimers, and electric dulcimers. The various dulcimers feature a variety of shapes (long and skinny, teardrop-like, and trapezoidal) and sizes, and produce a range of tones.

When struck, the strings of hammered dulcimers, for example, resonate with an enchanting sound that might remind you medieval songs or castle courtyards. The strings of a fretted Appalachian dulcimer, on the other hand, are plucked or strummed and produce a tone that fits in perfectly with a bluegrass band. 

Why Learn to Play Dulcimer?

The dulcimer is a relatively simple string instrument to learn. Depending on the type of dulcimer you play, they typically o

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nly have three or four strings that need to be tuned, and these strings are usually tuned to an open chord, which produced a pleasing harmony when strummed. In addition, dulcimers feature frets, so there's no need to memorize an exact finger placement, as you must when learning to play stringed instruments like the violin, viola, or cello. 

Learning to play dulcimer will also allow you to learn music from a wide variety of genres. Common music for the dulcimer includes classical tunes, bluegrass, folk music, Irish music, Middle Eastern music, Greek music, Turkish music, and more. Although different types of dulcimers tend to fit better with certain genres, you'll still be able to play a range of music regardless of the type of dulcimer you use. 

The Best Way to Learn to Play Dulcimer and What You'll Practice in Lessons

Sure, you can find lots of free dulcimer classes and tutorials online, but the best way to learn how to play this instrument is by practicing with a private dulcimer teacher. In private lessons, you'll receive your teacher's undivided attention and the sort of personalized instruction that simply can't be found in larger classes or in online videos. With immediate feedback, you'll overcome personal challenges and improve quickly, while focusing on the type of dulcimer music you enjoy the most.

Plus, every private lesson is different. Teachers completely customize every class, keeping in mind the student's interests, goals, existing knowledge, and preferred learning styles. For example, dulcimer classes for adults differ in terms of content and teaching methods from dulcimer lessons for children. No matter your age or current skill level, your private dulcimer tutor will keep you motivated and interested, while you learn at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Dulcimer

If you have little or no previous experience playing the dulcimer, then beginner lessons are for you. In these classes, your teacher will introduce you to all the music fundamentals and basic playing techniques you need to get started. You'll start out learning your way around the instrument and then move onto playing some basic tunes. Your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Dulcimer anatomy, frets, tuning, and how to hold your instrument
  • Learn to play basic chords, strumming, and picking
  • Read dulcimer guitar tablature
  • Introduction to music theory

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Dulcimer

If you're familiar with the basics, but want to learn more challenging techniques, you'll be able to take your dulcimer skills to the next level in intermediate lessons. Your teacher will introduce you to new techniques, while helping you strengthen your existing skills, as you challenge yourself to play more complex music. Your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Learn how to play with different tunings
  • Introduction to ornamentation (slides, pull-offs, and hammer-ons)
  • Thumping and double thumbing
  • Play a broad range of music or focus on a specific genre

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Dulcimer

Advanced lessons are intended for accomplished dulcimer players. In these courses, you'll have the opportunity to work with a professional to improve and polish your skills and techniques. Subjects included in advanced courses depend on the student's goals and interests, but your teacher might choose to cover the following topics: 

  • Improvisation
  • Soloing techniques
  • Advanced picking techniques
  • Audition coaching and performance preparation

How to Find a Dulcimer Teacher Near You

If you want to learn to play the dulcimer, we recommend studying with a private teacher. Luckily, TakeLessons makes it easy to find a dulcimer tutor. A quick search will direct you to an extensive list of highly qualified and experienced teachers who offer lessons online and in-person to students of all ages and abilities. Before choosing a tutor, we recommend browsing through several profiles and reading reviews left by other dulcimer students.

The cost of dulcimer lessons varies, but most teachers base their rates on the length and frequency of lessons. With so many tutors to choose from, you'll have no trouble finding someone whose lessons fit your budget and schedule. Plus, you'll find that investing in private lessons pays off fast, as you improve your technique and skill level after just a few lessons!