Steve Eulberg - Hammered Dulcimer

Modes on the Hammered Dulcimer (Beginner)

Once I discovered that there were (2) TWO basic patterns for playing the classical Greek modes on the hammered dulcimer, I was able to uncover a great many tunes that were just hiding in my instrument, waiting for me to find them! (Note: knowledge of music theory is NOT required for this class, but previous experience at listening and singing or humming songs and tunes is a must.) Students will come away with a firm foundation of how songs work and how they work on the dulcimer. PDF Handouts provided.   

Hammer Dulcimer Advancing Beginner/Intermediate Class:

Removing the Expensive Notes.  Using a familiar tune (The Ash Grove), we will explore the whole instrument with melodic and harmonic arranging ideas like I've done with Tweaking Twinkles (in Dulcimer Players News).

Three Tunes Walk Into A Bar: A Celtic Exploration on Hammered Dulcimer (Intermediate)

Using different tune-types from Celtic Repertoire (A Reel, A Jig and a Hornpipe), we’ll explore their commonalities, distinctions, and some confusions, in order to develop and hone a skillset that can acquire and play these tunes in a shorter time. We’ll touch on typical ornamentation as well.

"Smile-inducing, toe-tapping, thought-provoking folkgrass" is how reviewers describe award-winning instrumentalist and songwriter Steve Eulberg's music. 

"I live for the aha! experiences that people have and am dedicated to helping people enjoy their musical explorations on their instruments and share them with others," Eulberg says. Students respond enthusiastically to his engaging style and warm sense of humor, making him in demand at festivals across the USA.

Awarded 5 times in the national mountain dulcimer contest at Winfield, he is also a multiple finalist in the national hammered dulcimer contest. His music has been included in the Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer Compilations, Great Players of the Mountain Dulcimer, and has been featured on PBS' RoadTrip Nation, United Airlines Inflight Audio and NPR. With over 20 recordings to his credit, he is active in the San Francisco Chapter of NARAS (Grammys), Local 1000 AFM (Traveling Musicians), Eulberg owns Owl Mountain Music, Inc., and is co-owner and teacher at