Beyond Beginner
Skills to Develop Next

A question we often hear after students finish the Absolute Beginners' series is, "What should I do next? Where do I go from here?" We offer so many lessons at Dulcimer Crossing that if can be hard to navigate to the next step.

At this point, you know how to hold your dulcimer, and can strum and play some simple tunes. You may not feel confident yet, but you love the music that your instrument can make! These classes will help you learn some chords, gain more comfort with your instrument and your ability to find and play tunes by ear and from music and tablature.

Below we have listed lessons you may find easier to tackle as a beginning mountain dulcimer player.

Aubrey Atwater Aubrey Atwater 4 Equally Distant Strings
Aubrey shares how she became interested in playing with equally distant strings. And then she explains how fingerpicking changes when you go from the 3 string configuration to a 4 equally distant string set up.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Articulations
In this set of lessons, Steve demonstrates the hammer-on and pull-off, the slide, and bends.
Robert Force Robert Force Arpeggio Picking
Robert explains the difference between an arpeggio, a strum, and a roll. You will find he pattern Robert uses to play an arpeggio is pretty "doggone" simple.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Bends
Steve talks about how to plan and achieve good bent notes, the placement of the finger and which way to bend on all three strings and the use of bending as a possible vibrato technique.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Bluegrass on the Dulcimer 1
In this series, Steve explains the "chop" technique that is so typical in bluegrass music, and teaches how to play a " bluegrass lick" going up.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Bluegrass on the Dulcimer 2
In this lesson, Steve expands his teaching on the "bluegrass lick" by demonstrating how to go down. He also demonstrates how to play open chords and chop chords in G and A.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Blues on the Mountain Dulcimer
Here Steve introduces his original blues tune, You Name It Blues, for us on the mountain dulcimer, and outlines a typical (but definitely not the only) blues chord progression: the 12-bar blues.Brachanloam
This is a Scottish air in 4/4 time. Mountain dulcimer players will enjoy the articulations of slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Capo
Using a Dudley capo, Steve demonstrates the installation and use of the capo
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Celtic Music for Dulcimers
Even beyond Irish and Scottish natives, Celtic music is enjoyed by people who can trace no ancestry to the British Isles because of their infectious rhythms and the wide variety of tune types and interesting melodies. In this lesson series we first explore the timing and rhythms that undergird Celtic tunes in order to equip us to play them melodically later.
Robert Force Robert Force Diatonic Dulcimer
In the first video, Robert explains why he prefers to play the diatonic dulcimer, a dulcimer without the 6 1/2 fret. He follows that with a demonstration of how to find the missing note on the middle string, if we really need it.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Fingering: Neighbors
This series of lessons has exercises in common or 4/4 time for developing left hand accuracy using three fingers. Also included are suggestions for using these exercises to develop picking and strumming steadiness and accuracy with the right hand. These are taught in both the D-A-A and D-A-d tunings.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Fingering: Spider
These exercises differ from the "neighbors" exercise above in that they are in 6/8 or jig time. The exercises are also taught in both the D-A-A and D-A-d tunings.
Nina Zanetti Nina Zanetti Harmonics
Using the understanding of string physics, Nina describes the “nodes” on the string as places to find natural harmonics - the other tones that vibrate along with string that was plucked.
Butch Ross Butch Ross Internal Metronome
Butch believes that rhythm is a skill that everyone can learn and which will improve our timing and performance. In this series, Butch leads us through several exercises that will help us tap into our "internal metronome."
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Lesson Progression
This page gives an explanation for each of the "Playing Levels." Also included is a list of skills that are to be developed at each level.
Butch Ross Butch Ross Looping Lesson Series
Looping is playing one musical pattern and saving, recording the next pattern and saving, and then playing a melody against the recorded backup tracks.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Playing with Backup
In this group of lessons, Steve demonstrates how to play with a backing track.
Robert Force Robert Force Rhythm
In this lesson, Robert introduces us to the key to working on and playing rhythmically - listening to the sounds in the world around us and what we hear in our heads.
Butch Ross Butch Ross Right Hand Techniques
In the 1st video, Butch describes and demonstrates his right hand strumming technique: Air Strumming, Constant Strumming, and Accenting. In the 2nd episode, Butch goes deeper into his right hand technique, drawing on his punk and rock background
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Slide
Slides can happen on all the strings and in either direction - from a lower note to a higher notee, or vice versa. Accurate finger placement will help with making them sound clearly.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg So You Want to Be Heard
With a gentle-sounding instrument like the mountain dulcimer, being heard is sometimes a challenge. Steve offers several suggestions about how to address this issue with sound reinforcement.
Deborah Hamouris Standing to Play
In this lesson, Deborah explains why she prefers to play standing, especially if she is performing or singing, and how to do it.
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Tablature Reading
Tablature was developed long ago for stringed and fretted instruments. First we examine and learn how to read tablature and then we'll compare some different varieties
Steve Eulberg Steve Eulberg Traditional Noter Style
Some people play with a noter to overcome physical limitations and the obstacles to their music-making. In these videos, Steve demonstrates playing with the traditional right hand tools - the noter, the pick, and the quill.

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