Workshops for Mountain Dulcimer

"I lead a small Sr. Mt. Dulcimer Beginners group - and I can say this - I like your teaching style - your clarity- your smile. Thanks for all the hours it takes to prepare for this class and your follow up." 

In Peace,

Nancy Maes-Simonetti 

Kansas

Choose from this selection or contact Lorinda for a custom presentation.

  • The Joy of Playing the Mountain Dulcimer, a rewarding first experience with one finger and a pick
  • Chord Theory that leads to improvisation/meditation/composition
  • Moving Forward: Playing notes on the middle string in DAD tuning
  • Chord Substitution: Know when and where to substitution minor and major chords in an arrangement
  • African American Spirituals arranged in an arpeggiated style
  • Songs from Turlough O'Carolan the blind harper
  • Love songs from the Civil War Era
  • Scottish Airs arranged with lush chords and ornamentation
  • Armed Forces Medley: Learn all 5 songs of the US branches of military
  • Playing songs in four common time meters: 2/4, 3/4, 4/4/ and 6/8
  • Playing from a lead sheet: read traditional notation and chord symbols to make your own arrangements
  • Chord building from one finger to three
  • Three-part arrangements for standard dulcimer
  • Irish dance tunes: jigs, polkas, hornpipes, reels
  • Modulation: learn scales, chords and arrangements to change keys without a capo
  • Kentucky song bag: traditional tunes from the state that is the home of the dulcimer 
  • Easy duets: two parts for beginning and novice players
  • St. Patrick's day party pack: variety of well-known Irish tunes 
  • Jam Survival: tunes and tips
  • Medley Making: how to effectively combine tunes for an effective set
  • Ensemble Classes: arrangements for 2 dulcimers, baritone, and bass
  • Soprano and Baritone Duets: parts for soprano and baritone in D
  • Repertoire for older adults: tunes and program planning ideas
  • Modes and Scales: tuning and songs using Mixolydian, Ionian, Aeolian, and Dorian. capo required
  • Learn how to love, rather than avoid your 1.5 fret. Play in D major, D minor and G
  • Focus your Fingers: learn finger placement to create a home base to support phrasing for smoother playing
  • Crossing the Celtic Land: music from the six Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany
  • Play Well with Others: arrangements and arranging skills for mixed ensembles, dulcimer tab, chords, and melody instruments
  • Mindful Practice leads to an Enjoyable Performance: An interactive lecture for tips and techniques in sharing your music
  • Build A Strong Foundation: learn using a musical approach by playing melodies, chords, and then tablature
  • Traditional Notation: play by reading traditional music notes
  • Playing by ear: move away from the tab by starting with simple tunes by ear
  • DAA: explore the dulcimer in DAA tuning, learn the noter style, and use beautiful parallel chord harmonies
  • Shape Note Hymns on the dulcimer: play 2 and 3 part hymns arranged in the style of William Walker's Southern Harmony
  • The World of Wales: learn beautiful airs and lullabies from Wales
  • Celtic solos and duets: jigs, hornpipes, and O'Carolan tunes arranged for one and two players
  • DGD: play in the beautiful full sound of DGD tuning
  • Waltzes around the World: from ancient harp tunes to Spain and North America
  • Black Spirituals: songs and history of black spirituals arranged in fingerpicking, flatpicking, and traditional strumming styles
  • Decorate your tunes: learn to add hammer-ons and pull-offs to embellish your melodies
  • Classy Dulcimer: adapted arrangements of classical tunes
  • Appalachian Christmas:  Christmas tunes from the mountains
  • Christmas songs for the beginner
  • Becoming Capo"able": use the capo to change keys in existing tunes and read tab written for capo'd songs
  • Gospels Galore: traditional gospel tunes arranged for solo, duo and ensemble
  • Right Hand Workout: get more out of the right hand with arpeggios and fill-ins
  • Songs of Thanksgiving: songs for the Thanksgiving service or season
  • Easy as 1-2-3 or I-IV-V: hearing chord changes, a sequential approach.

Review from participant in Illinois Winter Dulcimer Weekend Workshop:

Thanks for sending it. Your workshop couldn't have been more perfect for what I needed next in my journey with the dulcimer!!!!!!! I have already introduced new music but even so much more important new ways of playing music together to both of the groups I play with. And they are loving it!!!!! I can't thank you enough for moving us forward into this direction!!!! I personally have been needing this for quite some time!. I also am hoping to come to the comfort and care workshop in July. Beckie and I have already gone through the training for Hospice care and knowing more from you about how to use our dulcimers in these settings will be an enormous help. Thank you so much for all you do to make dulcimer playing beautiful and meaningful!!!! Blessings, Kate

 

 

augusta 2011 class

 

Spring Dulcimer Week, Augusta 2011

 

dulcimer u 2013

Dulcimer U, Comfort and Caregiving, 2013

Brevard NC

Brevard Dulcimers, 2012

 

                  Online Music Lessons                    & Video Tutorials

            To help keep you making music, I am offering private & group lessons via Zoom.  

You can learn

  • beginning mountain dulcimer
  • continuing mountain dulcimer
  • folk harp  

 To sign up for a group or private lesson, contact Lorinda here. 

Upcoming Events

Apr23

Pocono Dulcimer Festival

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Online

Lorinda is an instructor and performer for the Pocono Dulcimer Club 18th Annual Festival. Register for a weekend packed with online classes, jam sessions, and performances!

May6

Group lesson: Compassion, Companionship and The Mountain Dulcimer

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Zoom

May13

Group lesson: Compassion, Companionship and The Mountain Dulcimer

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Zoom

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