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08-23-18 Nashville, TN, Three-Day Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer Intensive with Erin Mae and Stephen Seifert


08-23-18 Nashville, TN, Three-Day Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer Intensive with Erin Mae and Stephen Seifert


[The $87.50 you pay to register is a 50% non-refundable deposit.]

Join Erin Mae and Stephen Seifert, in Nashville, TN, August 23-25, 2018, for a 3-day chromatic mountain dulcimer intensive. This is for people who already own a chromatic dulcimer. In addition to the regular dulcimer frets, you should also have 0 1/2, 1 1/2, 3 1/2, 4 1/2, etc. If you interested in an affordable card-board chromatic, visit Folkcraft online. Their instrument is a great way to get into this without breaking the bank on a way of playing you may or may not be interested in.


"I started piano lessons at age 5 and got a standard diatonic mountain dulcimer at age 7.  I continued to study classical and jazz piano throughout college.  I got a chromatic mountain dulcimer in 2007 and played it occasionally.  In 2010, my sister Amber and I began touring full-time, and I got my David Beede chromatic mountain dulcimer, which became my primary stage instrument.  Since 2010, I have played the chromatic dulcimer almost exclusively in jam sessions and performances.  I recently wrote Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer Chord Encyclopedia, to be released in early 2017." - Erin Mae

"I started on piano and keyboard. In high school, I got into dulcimer. While majoring in classical and jazz piano performance in college, I got my first chromatic dulcimer. I didn't last as a piano major, but I've been a chromatic player and thinker ever since. Most of my festival and teaching and performing work has been on the diatonic but I'm always working on the chromatic at home, in the studio, and at special gigs. I'm strong on theory and ready but I also like playing by ear, improvisation, and shooting from the hip." - Stephen Seifert

This intensive is geared towards intermediate to advanced musicians, but more important than specific levels, this workshop is for students interested in focusing on concepts, technique and musicianship. While repertoire will be given out, that is not the focus. 

Some of What We’ll Cover

When it comes to chromatic mountain dulcimer, there's a lot of different approaches and interests. Some of you are singers and you want to be able to play any chord needed for the songs you sing. Some want to learn more about blues improvisation or how to arrange classic jazz melodies. Some want to play standard mountain dulcimer repertoire but with the occasional fancy chromatic lick. Maybe you just want to jam. Maybe you're not even sure why you have a chromatic at all. Some of you are coming from the dulcimer world and some are coming from guitar or piano. We want to help all of you and that means focusing on musicianship FIRST, not repertoire. We absolutely want to cover some fun arrangements, but we want to keep the emphasis on concepts, techniques, and solving musical problems. When we do hand out tunes, we will be using both chromatic and dulcimer fret numbering. We'll work on left and right hand technique. We'll spend a good bit of time on scales, chords, progressions, patterns, etc. 

Genres might include:

  • American and Irish fiddle tunes

  • Hymns

  • Old-Time Songs

  • Bluegrass

  • Blues

  • Jazz

More than anything, we realize this is one of the only focused chromatic events in the known galaxy and we want to be open and agile when it comes to sharing and learning from each other. If there's something you really want to do on chromatic dulcimer, make sure your voice is heard. We're expecting varied levels and interests and we're ready for it. Expect to do a little bit of everything. 

When it comes to beginner vs. intermediate vs advanced, it's really hard to say who's who because the label we give depends on the topic and the technique and whether you have a rich music background, etc. All levels are welcome but we are seeking brave and passionate students who understand this unique subject requires cooperation and flexibility. If you're interested, we want you to come. If you have concerns, contact us. 


August 23-25, 2018


5063 Murfreesboro Rd, La Vergne, TN 37086

Each Day's Schedule

Day 1

9:00 - Noon Session 1
Noon - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 3:30 Session 2 (Erin takes advanced. Steve takes intermediate.)
3:45 - 4:00 Assisted Practice
5:30 - 7:00 Dinner

Day 2

9:00 - Noon Session 3
Noon - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 3:30 Session 4 (Erin takes intermediate. Steve takes advanced.)
3:45 - 4:00 Assisted Practice
7:30 - 8:30 Jam

Day 3

9:00 - Noon Session 5
Noon - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 4:00 Session 6

Time is built into the schedule for assisted practice. This is laid back time for everyone to let their mind and fingers review and process everything covered during the day. Erin and Steve will be present to offer guidance and feedback.


Meals aren't included in the price but we often eat together.


The workshop fee is $175 for the three days. A non-refundable deposit of $87.50 is required up front to register and reserve a seat in the class. The remaining $87.50 is due in person at the beginning of the first day of the event. Seats are limited to approximately 20 to keep class size manageable.

Contact Information

Have any questions? Ask away! Email Stephen at Email Erin at

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