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 lessons are $30 for 60 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.
Upcoming Dulcimer Workshops in Portland with Wayne Jiang and Special Guest Teacher Joellen Lapidus
Each Wayne Jiang workshop is limited to 6 people. Cost is $25 per person per workshop for early sign up (payment due two weeks in advance), $30 for late sign up. Discount is given for signing up for any three workshops given by Wayne ($60 total).
Saturday, May 13: Dulcimer Ensemble
Saturday, June 10: Bluegrass Dulcimer
Saturday, July 15: Tunes from the 50s
Saturday, August 19: A Special Strumming Workshop with Joellen Lapidus
Saturday, September 30: Tunes from Musicals for Dulcimer
Saturday, October 28: Tunes from Movies for Dulcimer
Dulcimer Tab Arrangements by Wayne Jiang
Morning Has Broken (DAD & DGD)
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"
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
Morning Has Broken on my CapriTaurus dulcimer custom built for me by Howard Rugg. It's my own arrangement in DGD tuning