Foundational Techniques for the Beginning Mountain Dulcimer Player

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15 DVD Video Lessons - Each with Audio CD and Booklet

Please spread the word: I’m teaching three different 5-week mountain dulcimer courses in the Nashville area starting this Thursday, October 2, and running through Thursday, October 30. Each session is 60 minutes. Levels covered are beginner, intermediate, and what I like to call kind of advanced. 

Each 5-week course costs $95. You can sign up for more than one if you'd like. Register online at at the bottom of each course description, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call me at (615) 829-6828. Don't hesitate to call me if you have any questions. 

Read more: Nashville 5-Week Courses Start Oct. 2

Updated Fri, Oct 3 9:07 AM Central

Join me, Stephen Seifert, in 2014 for a 3-day comprehensive guided tour of mountain dulcimer playing philosophy, technique, and music for ALL LEVELS. Regardless of your level of musicianship, I want to give you the big picture. 2014 three-day intensives include: (List updated 9-26-14)

Oct 28-30 Elizabethtown, KY
Nov 4-6 Kennard, TX
Nov 17-19 Unicoi, GA
Dec 5-7 Phoenix, AZ
Dec 12-14 Nashville, TN (Changed - Was Dec 5-7)
Jan 14-16 East Stroudsburg, PA
Jan 29-31 Mission, TX
Feb 10-12 Mount Dora, FL

Jul Janesville, WI
Jul 13-15 Evart, MI
Sep 9-11 Virginia Beach, VA (Was in March. Has been changed to September.)

Read more: 2014/2015 Three-Day Dulcimer Intensives - Updated

Each of my 13 lessons cover one tune and one topic from beginner to advanced. These are perfect for folks who travel and for folks who don't have good internet service. Watch these anywhere you have a DVD player. 

Through my store, these are normally $25 a piece plus shipping. Order all 13 using this link and save over 30% plus I'll cover the shipping. I'll even throw in my 2-DVD FOUNDATIONAL TECHNIQUES FOR THE BEGINNING MOUNTAIN DULCIMER PLAYER in-case you're a brand new player.


Take private mountain dulcimer lessons with me over the internet regardless of playing level. You just need a computer webcam or smart device with the right software (Skype or FaceTime). 

October Special: Register for five lessons before November first and save $49.

Click the following link to sign up:


How It Works

We see and hear each other. I can immediately send you tablature or other handouts. If necessary, I video myself playing the material in question and provide you with a private link for later viewing. If you have any computer trouble, I will help you straighten it out.

What We Can Work On

All levels are welcome. Lessons can be tune or technique based. Name a song you want to play and we'll arrange it together. Work on strumming, fingering, chording, Tabledit, teaching, etc. It's really up to you.

Contact Me

To register and schedule your first lesson, visit:


You can also email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Let me know if you have any questions.

How 'bout a little jam? Here's 8 play along videos at various speeds. I'm also including a bunch of tablature. I'm looking forward to a little discussion about what could make this kind of virtual jamming more helpful.

Read more: 8 Sample Jam Along Videos with Tablature and Tips

join the jam video play along series

Announcing Volume 2 of my Join the Jam Video Play Along Series! Here's 16 MORE tunes to get you ready. Between the 1st and 2nd volume, you get slow, medium, and reasonably fast play along videos for 32 top dulcimer jam tunes along with tablature. It really is the next best thing to having a hot jam whenever you're up for it. Immersion is the way to go.

Read more: Join the Jam Video Play Along Series Volume 2

(Volume 2 just released!)

Almost 10 years ago, I created Join the Jam. My idea was to make a simple guide to the most common mountain dulcimer jam tunes. In the introduction, I wrote, "If you're excited about playing the dulcimer with others, I hope this book proves to be a useful companion. Don't follow it too closely, you'll miss the point. It's only a map and an incomplete one at that. Keep your eyes and ears on the better players. Don't be too quick to give up. Stay in the circle. Stay in-tune. Don't go to bed before 1:00 A.M."

This play along series picks up where the book leaves off. It's really about getting better at the process of jamming which isn't just about reciting the same page over and over. With these videos, I want you to feel like the two of us are jamming at different speeds, playing tunes a little different each time through. (This isn't about learning fancy licks and variations, it's about learning to jam.)

Read more: Join the Jam Video Play Along Series Volume 1

My latest video instruction is available through for $15 a month. There's a ton of stuff here for all levels and many interests. Have you visited lately? You can look around without subscribing. Just go HERE and check out the titles.

dulcimer-school-lessonsThere's a lot of of great musicians who learn to play by reading hands like some folks read tablature or sheet music. The skills gained by learning and playing this way are envied and I believe falsely attributed to natural born talent. I very much wish all my students would spend time learning how to learn this way in addition to learning by other methods including by ear and instructional books. I've writing about this in the new Dulcimer Players News and I've prepared a free 30-minute video lesson ( to show everyone who's interested exactly what I'm talking about.


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