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Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer for Beginners


Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer for Beginners


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Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer for Beginners
Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:30pm
6 Week Session: September 5th - October 10, 2018

@ Columbia Arts Building, Level 2  

Want a new, unique skill?  Something that will entertain your friends around the campfire or at holiday gatherings?  In this class, you'll learn the basics of playing Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer. The dulcimer is a portable instrument that is great for beginner and experienced musicians alike.  You don't need to have a musical background - just an interest in learning an instrument that is enjoyable to sing to and simple to learn!

You will learn how to to care for your instrument including tuning and string set up. We will work through the Mel Bay Teach Yourself Dulcimer book as a group.

This is a 6 week session that builds upon itself every week.  It is open to adults and to youth who are middle school age and older.  The course fee is for lessons only; students will need to bring their own instrument.

  • Where to find an affordable starter instrument?  You'll want a 4-string dulcimer that can be tuned to AAAD; something similar to this model.  Check local music stores such as Hewgley's, Shuff's in Franklin, or Guitar Center.  You can check eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or you may even have one stashed from an impulse buy at Silver Dollar City or Dollywood.  Check with family members.  If you want the Cadillac of dulcimers, Melissa recommends you check out Warren May in Berea, Kentucky.
  • Get strings at any local music store, or online here: DAddario Dulcimer Strings
  • Finally, this is not a requirement but it is highly recommended you purchase the course book we'll be working through: Mel Bay Teach Yourself Dulcimer.  There are plenty of new and used books on Amazon.

Join this class to learn a truly beautiful skill that you can take with you anywhere you go.


About your artisan instructor, Melissa Buck:

Melissa Buck is a skilled bluegrass/Americana musician.  She has experience in teaching courses in Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer, bluegrass band, guitar, vocals, songwriting, and harmony singing.  Melissa also taught music, art, and theater through a music grant for the arts at the Boys and Girls Club.  She received an International Bluegrass Music Award for Recorded Event of the Year in 2009 for Bluegrass Bouquet along with a few other ladies on the track "Proud to Be a Daughter of Bluegrass."  Melissa has worked in the music industry for a small bluegrass label, Blue Circle Records and Good Home Grown Music publishing.  In addition to music, Melissa is a painter and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre.   She and her husband live here in Columbia.