Peter Tommerup

Hammered Dulcimer (Beginner)


Over the past four decades, Peter has arranged over 400 hundred tunes for the dulcimer, taught them to hundreds of students, and evolved a playing style that creatively expands the dulcimer tradition. He has recorded a number of CD's showcasing his eclectic musical tastes, and developed acomprehensive method of instruction entitled TeachYourself to Play the Dulcimer.

Steeped in the"CapriTaurus" style of chord-melody playing which developed in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the 1970s, Peter has perfected a clear, engaging teaching style appreciatedby beginners and advanced students alike. He has taught and performed at a number of well-known festivals and retreats, as well as adult ed programs, community schools of music and at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto.

Along with teaching, Peter has studied and collected music from traditional dulcimer players in Appalachia and leading interpreters of the instrument in California while completing an MA and PhD in Folklore and Mythology at UCLA. Peter keeps up his inspiration for playing traditional folkdance music on the dulcimer by leading and participating in a variety of Bay Area jam sessions of Irish, Appalachian and French music, as well as playing for folk dances.

He currently performs with 2 bands: Fete Musette -- which performs both traditional rural French and Parisian music--and Peak Nouveau, a contra dance band. Peter continues to be a thoughtful and innovative contributor to the dulcimer community.