Group Lessons

I offer group classes for hammered dulcimer at my house in Silver Spring, MD. You can sign up for as many or as few as you like.

    Most meet on on Saturdays with this format:
  • The Morning Session (9:30-11:30 am) focuses on chords, chord drills and accompaniment.
  • The Afternoon Session (12:30-2:00 p.m.) works on an arrangement of the same tune.
  • In between is an optional Vegetarian Potluck Luncheon.
  • Music is posted in advance via Dropbox. Students are encouraged to learn the basic melody (or at least get it in your head) before the class.
  • Email Karen at for questions/ registration.

COST: With advanced payment, classes are $30/half day or $55 if you attend both sessions on the same day. They are $35/$60 if you pay at the workshop. .

Cancellations: If you must cancel (with a reasonable lead time), you can apply the money towards a private lesson.

2018 January-May Group Class Schedule:

  • Sat, Jan 27 -Wals poor Polle by Wim Poesen. This popular waltz by Flemish piper Wim Poesen will have you playing in an area of your dulcimer you don't use much!
    • Morning Session: Chords patterns and waltz accompaniment in C.
    • Afternoon Session: An arrangement of the tune.

  • Sat, Feb 24 - Vieni, Vieni o mil diletto by Vivaldi. This is a devastatingly beautiful song in B harmonic minor. We will cover it both largo and a bit faster as a waltz.
    • Morning Session: Chords and accompaniment as both a song and waltz.
    • Afternoon Session: An arrangement of the tune.

  • Sun, March 25 - Irish month (rescheduled from Sat 3/24) - no need to learn the tunes in advance. 1:00-3:00 p.m. we will take the popular tune Rolling Waves in D and play it three ways - starting with the 6/8 Irish jig version, then as a Scottish 6/8 march and finally "California" style as a gentle 3/4 swing waltz with a beautiful chord progression. After a Tea Break, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. we will do a moving slow air version of "The Foggy Dew" in E minor.
    • 1:00-3:00 p.m. Session: Rolling Waves as jig, march and relaxation style.
    • 3:30-5:00 p.m. Session: Foggy Dew as an air.

  • Sat, April 14 - Beyond Triads with a Dave Wiesler Waltz
    We will explore a beautiful Dave Wiesler waltz in F# minor full of 9ths and augmented 4ths.
    Intermediate- Advanced
    • Morning Session: Chords and accompaniment.
    • Afternoon Session: An arrangement of the tune.

  • Sat, May 19, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. - Special guest instructor Alejandra Barrientos of Dulcemelos will give a workshop on Mexican music and Salterio techniques. Cost for this workshop is $40 in advance or $45 the day of the workshop. They will also be giving house concerts Friday night in Silver Spring, MD 20901; Sat night in McLean, VA 22102 ; and will give the workshop and concert Sun afternoon, May 20 at Ken Kolodner's in Baltimore 21218. Reservations required at all events. Contact me for details. Intermediate

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