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Private mountain dulcimer lessons in the Woodstock neighborhood in SE Portland

 

I’ve been playing the mountain dulcimer for more than 15 years. I started playing in early 2002 as a relaxation activity. The mountain dulcimer became a personal passion. Today, I’m not just an avid mountain dulcimer player, but I also build and teach dulcimer. Along with my wife Patricia Delich, we created the documentary film Hearts of the Dulcimer. We’re currently producing a podcast about the mountain dulcimer also called Hearts of the Dulcimer.

 

I offer beginning to intermediate private mountain dulcimer lessons in the Woodstock neighborhood in SE Portland.

 

No previous music experience is required. I can help you learn to play music even if you've never touched a musical instrument in your life. Students learn a variety of ways to play the dulcimer from playing solo instrumental to singing with the dulcimer to ensemble playing with other dulcimers or other instruments.

 

I teach a variety of genres and traditions from American folk tunes to popular tunes like Over the Rainbow and Ripple, to rock and jazz tunes like Looking Out My Back Door and Georgia on My Mind, to old time fiddle tunes to traditional aires from Ireland and the British Isles. Many of the arrangements I teach are written by me since dulcimer arrangements for pop, rock, and jazz tunes are hard to find.

 

Private one on one lessons are $35 for 60 minutes. $25 for 30 minutes. The first lesson includes a free instrument setup to help make your instrument more playable. This may include new strings replacement, action adjustment, and tuner adjustment. Loaner dulcimers are available with a deposit.

 

I also fix dulcimers, If you have an old dulcimer I can back to playing order.

 

I tailor private lessons to fit your needs wherever you are in your musical journey.

 


If you’re new to music …
If you have no previous musical experience, don’t read music, or never have touched a musical instrument, I can help you!

 

• If you can count from 1 to 5, I can teach you to play music on the dulcimer.
• I will teach you the basics of the dulcimer starting from how to ergonomically hold a dulcimer on your lap.
• I offer loaner dulcimers in case you’re not sure you want to commit.
• I will teach you how to sing with the dulcimer.
• I will teach you simple fun tunes you already know like: You Are My Sunshine, Morning Has Broken, and Scarborough Fair. If you have a favorite song you’d like to play, I’ll consider special requests and write an arrangement for you.

 

 

If you’re returning to music …
If you’re returning to music after a long hiatus, or if you’re playing a string instrument for the first time, let’s have some fun with the dulcimer.

• I will teach you the basics of dulcimer starting from how to ergonomically hold a dulcimer on your lap.
• I will teach you how to play chords and sing with the dulcimer.
• I will teach you how to play lead with the dulcimer.
• I will teach you simple fun tunes you already know like: You Are My Sunshine, Morning Has Broken, and Scarborough Fair. If you have a favorite song you’d like to play, I’ll consider special requests and write an arrangement for you.

 

 

If you play another string instrument …
If you already play a string instrument and want to learn to play the dulcimer, it will be very easy for you to learn.

 

• I will teach you the basics of dulcimer starting from how to ergonomically hold a dulcimer on your lap.
• I will teach you how to play chords and sing with the dulcimer.
• I will teach you how to play lead with the dulcimer.
• I will teach you simple fun tunes you already know like: You Are My Sunshine, Morning Has Broken, and Scarborough Fair. If you have a favorite song you’d like to play, I’ll consider special requests and write an arrangement for you.
• I will teach you how to play the dulcimer with other instruments.

 

 

If you’re an intermediate dulcimer player …
If you’re an intermediate dulcimer player let’s take your dulcimer playing to the next level. Here are a few ideas we can do together:

 

• Work on left hand exercises that will enable you to play more complex arrangements.
• Expand your dulcimer repertoire by playing non-traditional dulcimer tunes in genres such as jazz, rock, and classical.
• Improvise on the dulcimer so you can play a simple tune in 20 different ways.
• Play dulcimer as an ensemble instrument either with other dulcimers or other instruments.

 

If you’re a singer/songwriter …
If you’re a singer/songwriter let’s incorporate the dulcimer into your composing and performing:

• Let’s figure out a dulcimer playing style that fits your voice and your songs.


• Let’s work on dulcimer arrangements for your own compositions.
• Let’s try out playing in multiple keys and tunings on the dulcimer to see what works best in creating the emotional impact you’re seeking for your songs.

 

 

If you want to play your dulcimer with other instruments at home or at jam sessions …
I regularly take my dulcimer to jam sessions. You can do this too.


• You will learn to play chords and sing with the dulcimer in multiple keys.
• You will learn to play the dulcimer as lead or accompaniment with different instruments.
• You will learn how to play dulcimer in different genres of music (rock, pop, Americana, Old Time, Bluegrass etc.)

 

 

 

 

To inquire about private mountain dulcimer lessons please email me at:

wayne@dulcimuse.com

 

 

 

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Videos

 

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas


My arrangment of the Christmas classic. Played in DGD tuning.

 

 

White Christmas

My arrangment of the Irving Berlin classic. Played in DAD tuning with 1.5 fret.

 

 

Mister Sandman

This is my fingerpicking arrangement of the 1950's classic "Mister Sandman" on Mountain Dulcimer. I'm playing a Simerman dulcimer in FAC, the 1-3-5 tuning. Special thanks to Rob Brereton who introduced this tuning to me. This is one of the tunes I teach in my "Tunes from the 50s fro Dulcimer"

 

 

Crazy

This is my arrangement of Willie Nelson's song "Crazy" on Mountain Dulcimer. I'm playing a Simerman dulcimer with the 0.5 and 1.5 fret.

 

 

Planxty Fanny Power

One of my favorite from the Irish harpist and composer, Turlough O'Carolan.

 

 

 

Morning Has Broken (DGD)

Morning Has Broken on my CapriTaurus dulcimer custom built for me by Howard Rugg. It's my own arrangement in DGD tuning

 


 

We Shall Overcome (DGD)


My own arrangement in DGD tuning

 

 

 

Wayne's dulcimer arrangments list

 

By Tuning

 

DAD tuning

Across the Great Divide
(key of G capo to 3rd fret)
All I have to Do is Dream
Aloha Oe
Angline the Baker
Amelia
Ashokah Farewell
Au Lang Syne
Aura Lee
Basin Street Blue

Beautiful Brown Eyes
Bile Them Cabbage Down
Black Magic Woman ( capo to 1st fret)
Blowin' In The Wind
Blue Skies
By The Light Of The Slivery Moon
Colman's Waltz
Darling Clementine
Dink's Song
Down In the Valle
Edelweiss
Faded Love
Farewell Angelina
Five Hundred Miles
Freight Train
Georgia On My Mind
Ghost Rider in the Sky ( in Bm or Em )
Going Down the Road Felling Bad
Greensleeves
Happy Birthday to You
Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Hewlett
Hobo's Lullaby
House the Raising Sun (DAD capo 1)
I Never Will Marry

I Walk The Line
I Will
I'm Sitting on Top of the World

If I had a Hammer
If You want to Sing Out Sing Out
June Apple
Let It Be
Little Birdie
Liza Jane
Looking Out My Back Door
Lover's Waltz
Memories are Made of These
Midnight on the Water
Morning Has Broken
Mr. Bojangles

My Blue Heaven
Octopuss Garden
Ode to Joy
Oh Susanna
Oh What a Beautiful Morning
Old Joe Clark
Ook Pik Waltz (DAD in key of G capo to 3rd fret)
Planxty Fanny Power
Pretty Saro
Que Sera, Sera
Railroad Bill
Ripple
Rock the Cradle Lucy
Road to Boston
Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arm
Scarborough Fair
Shady Grove(capo to 1st fret)
Shalom Chaverim Grove(capo to 1st fret)

Snow Deer
Skye Boat Song
Solider's Joy
Sound of Slience
Sourdough
Southwind
St Anne's Reel
St. James Infirmary (DAD capo to 1st fret)
Summertime (DAD capo to 1st fret)
Tamo Daleko (DAD capo to 1st fret)
The Rose
The Sloop John B
The Wind Beneath My Wings
Trouble in Mind
Turn Around
Unchained Melody
Water is Wide
We Shall Over Come
Wesphalia Waltz (in key of G capo to 3rd fret)
When I Fall In Love
Wild Mountain Thyme
Will the Circle Won't Be Broken
With a Little Help from Our Friends
You are My Sunshine

 

In DGD tuning

Beautiful Dreamer

We Shall Over Come

Try to Remember

The Girl I left behind me

Shenandoah

Over the Rainbow

I Will

Morning Has Broken

Mr. Bojangles

Getting to Know You

Down By the Salley Garden

Edelweiss

Tennessee Waltz

 

 

In DAD tuning with 0.5 and 1.5 fret

All of Me

Blue Skies

By The Light Of The Slivery Moon

Crazy

 

 

In DAD tuning with 1.5 fret

Are You Lonesome Tonight? (in key of G)

White Christmas

Wesphalia Waltz (in key of G)

Trouble in Mind

Birmingham Sunday

Blue Hawaii ( in key of G)

Josephine's Waltz ( in key of G)

I'm Sitting on Top of the World

 

In DAD tuning with Chromatic Dulcimer

Waltzin' to Mongolia

Flatbush Waltz (DAD or DGD)
I Left My Heart in San Francisco

 

In DAC tuning

Sunrise Sunset

 

In FAC tuning

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

Carolina Moon

Mister Sandman

 

With 3 part harmonies
Angleline the Baker
Aura Lee
Bile Them Cabbage Down
Down In the Valley
I Never Will Marry
Ode to Joy
Southwind

By Genre and Artist


1950's
All I have to Do is Dream
Memories are Made of These

 

1960's Folk Revival
Five Hundred Miles
Freight Train


Balkan
Tamo Daleko (DAD capo to 1st fret)

 

Beatles
I Will
Let It Be
Octopuss Garden

With a Little Help from Our Friends

 

Blues
Basin Street Blues
I'm Sitting on Top of the World
Trouble in Mind
St. James Infirmary (capo to 1st fret)

 

Blue Grass

Little Birdie
Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arm
Will the Circle Won't Be Broken

 

Bob Dylan
Blowin' In The Wind
Farewell Angelina

 

Cat Stevens
If You want to Sing Out Sing Out

 

Country
Faded Love
Ghost Rider in the Sky ( in Bm or Em )
Tennessee Waltz
Crazy

I Walk The Line

 

Creedence Clearwater Revival
Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Looking Out My Back Door

 

Elvis Presley

Are You Lonesome Tonight? (in key of G)
Blue Hawaii ( in key of G)

 

Fiddle Tune
Angline the Baker
Amelia
Ashokah Farewell

Bile Them Cabbage Down
Colman's Waltz
Lover's Waltz
Old Joe Clark
Ook Pik Waltz (in key of G capo to 3rd fret)
June Apple
Liza Jane

Snow Deer
Solider's Joy
Wesphalia Waltz (in key of G capo to 3rd fret)
Midnight on the Water

Rock the Cradle Lucy
Road to Boston

St Anne's Reel
The Girl I left behind me
Josephine's Waltz ( in key of G)


Grateful Dead

Ripple


Hawaiian
Aloha Oe

 

Irish

Hewlett
Planxty Fanny Power
Southwind

Down By the Salley Garden

 

Jazz
Basin Street Blue
Blue Skies
By The Light Of The Slivery Moon

Georgia On My Mind
Blue Skies

All of Me

By The Light Of The Slivery Moon

Crazy

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

Carolina Moon

Mister Sandman

 

Klezmer/Jewish

Flatbush Waltz (DAD or DGD)
Shalom Chaverim Grove(capo to 1st fret)

 

Movies
Que Sera, Sera
Unchained Melody
The Rose
The Wind Beneath My Wings
When I Fall In Love

White Christmas


Musical
Edelweiss
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Oh What a Beautiful Morning
Summertime (DAD capo to 1st fret)
Over the Rainbow

Getting to Know You
Sunrise, Sunset

 


Paul Simon
Sound of Slience


Russian

Waltzin' to Mongolia


Santana
Black Magic Woman (capo to 1st fret)

 

Stephen Foster
Beautiful Dreamer
Oh Susanna

 

Traditonal American

Aura Lee
Dink's Song
Down In the Valley
Darling Clementine
Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
House the Raising Sun (capo to 1st fret)
I Never Will Marry
Little Birdie
The Sloop John B

Pretty Saro
Railroad Bill
Shady Grove(capo to 1st fret)
Shenandoah

Beautiful Brown Eyes

 

Traditional British Isles

Au Lang Syne
Greensleeves
Water is Wide
Morning Has Broken
Scarborough Fair
Skye Boat Song
Wild Mountain Thyme


Kate Wolf

Across the Great Divide
(key of G capo to 3rd fret)

 

 

Misc.

Happy Birthday to You
Mr. Bojangles
Ode to Joy
Hobo's Lullaby

If I Had a Hammer

Sourdough
Turn Around
We Shall Over Come
Try to Remember
You are My Sunshine

Mr. Bojangles

Birmingham Sunday

My Blue Heaven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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