Foundational Techniques for the Beginning Mountain Dulcimer Player

Join the Jam and More

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15 DVD Video Lessons - Each with Audio CD and Booklet

Five Ways to Make Your Music More Interesting and Listenable

This is an all-day class. Festival entrance and concert are included in the registration fee. Last-minute signups are welcome. We'll work on accurate strumming, clean fingering, melodic variety, barebones, chord-melody, and licks/riffs.

Avoid stale strumming. Nail dotted rhythms and syncopations. Learn how NOT to run out of fingers. Play a little different every time through. Learn an alternative system for playing chord/melody; six chords is all you need 95% of the time. Add riffs and licks to your playing. Make your music uniquely yours.

I'll be teaching about one tune per hour. While all levels are welcome, I must keep the focus on intermediate players, lower to upper. For more information, visit http://www.bluegrasscreek.com.

Here's a really cool festival to honor the late, great dulcimer builder and player Homer Ledford. Visit http://homerledforddulcimerfestival.com for more information. My class titles are How to Play Backup, MD, Int.; Clean Fretting Technique, MD, Adv.; Minimal Chord-Melody System, MD, Int.; and Learn by Reading Hands, MD, Nov. and Int.

Five Ways to Make Your Music More Interesting and Listenable

We'll work on accurate strumming, clean fingering, melodic variety, barebones, chord-melody, and licks/riffs.

Avoid stale strumming. Nail dotted rhythms and syncopations. Learn how NOT to run out of fingers. Play a little different every time through. Learn an alternative system for playing chord/melody; six chords is all you need 95% of the time. Add riffs and licks to your playing. Make your music uniquely yours.

The class will run from 10 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon with a lunch break from 12:00 to 1:30. I'll be teaching about one tune per hour. While beginners are welcomed and encouraged, please note that the focus will be on intermediate playing skills, lower to upper. Cost is $45. There will be a free concert on the Pickin' Porch after supper.

Visit the Wood-N-Strings website at http://www.clemmerdulcimer.com.


Join me, Stephen Seifert, in Kennard, Texas, 
November 4-6, 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:

No matter what you’re new to or already good at, my method of playing and learning to play can help you be a better musician. This hands-on, pick-moving approach will include plenty of tunes and playing exercises designed to challenge and encourage. There ARE wrong ways to play the dulcimer. Let me help you find what’s right for you.

Read more: 2014 Kennard, TX Three-Day Dulcimer Intensives

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 http://dulcimerschool.com 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 (http://stephenseifert.com/watchthehands) to show everyone who's interested exactly what I'm talking about.

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