Ron Beardslee
Introduction to The World of the Mountain Dulcimer

If you are new to the dulcimer then this is the workshop is for you.  This workshop is designed to familiarize students having minimal or no musical experience with the mountain dulcimer.  We will cover how to strum with the right hand, play simple chords and melodies with the left hand, how to read Tablature (the notation system that dulcimer players use), and how to tune a dulcimer.

At the end of the workshop everyone should be able to play one or two simple songs on the dulcimer and will be able to use what they have learned to develop the skills required for more complex pieces. Please check out Ron's Introduction to the Dulcimer World.

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Go Tell Aunt Rhody

My vision of dulcimer music can be summarized as “simple, quiet, and beautiful”. 
I believe that having a good foundation in technique allows a person to more easily produce the music that they seek.  I also believe that everyone has their own musical goals and my role is to help people achieve their goals.

I reside in Sonoma County where I do some performing and play with dulcimer friends as often as possible.  I have taught at the Redwood Dulcimer Gatherings, Redwood Dulcimer Day and Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering as well as with private students.  My current musical interests include classic country music and Pop Standards.
Ron Beardslee