Steve EulbergSteve Eulberg

Steve earned a Master of Music Education degree from Boston University.  Steve teaches dulcimers in his studio in San Mateo, CA, and is in demand at festivals, weekend and week-long dulcimer workshops across the USA.

For the past 30 years Steve has been weaving old-timey music with blues and contemporary tunes adding original songs into a tapestry of “smile-inducing, toe-tapping folkgrass” that captivates and energizes audiences of all ages.  His music has been featured on United Airlines’ Inflight Audio, PBS’s Roadtrip Nation and National Public Radio. An active touring musician, film and theater composer, he has had several songs in the Top 10 Independent Country Chart reported by The Music Review.

Steve has prepared a video for you, telling a bit more about himself.

Level 1 Absolute Beginners: String-Side UP
A series of 30 videos starting by teaching the names of the parts of the dulcimer in order to better understand how to play it.
Level 2 Amazing Grace
Steve begins this old American hymn lesson by playing simple chords that can accompany singing. Then he adds more activity in the right hand by strumming in a typical “waltz” style, and put a classic “Amen” ending by adding a IV chord before the final chord.
Level 2 Angeline the Baker
Angeline the Baker is a song written by Stephen Foster for the Christy Minstrels, and published in 1850. The original lyrics lamented the loss of a woman slave, sent away by her owner. This lesson is available for both the standard mountain dulcimer and the chromatic dulcimer.
Level 2 Angels We Have Heard on High
This arrangement will work with an ensemble of both kinds of dulcimers or both mountain (in both tunings!) and hammered dulcimers. Get together with your friends to try it!
Level 2 Articulations
In this set of lessons, Steve demonstrates the hammer-on and pull-off, the slide, and bends.
Level 3 Baritone Mountain Dulcimer
The baritone mountain dulcimer is a beautiful instrument with rich tones in the lower register. It is normally tuned to A-E-a, although A-D-a is also a common tuning. This introductory lesson is taught by Steve Eulberg and Erin Mae Lewis.
Level 3 Barlow Knife
The Barlow knife design dates back 400 years, and is a type of folding pocket knife that features double or single blades that open at one end only. The song about the Barlow knife is an old-time southern Appalachian tune. Unlike other traditional tunes, Barlow Knife has 3 parts.
Level 2 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.
Level 2 Blacktail Weasel and the Ground Squirrel Clan
This is an original modal tune by Steve with the feel of old-time music. A modal tune uses the flatted 7th step, and this tune lends itself well to hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.
Level 2 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.
Level 2 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.
Level 2 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.
Level 2 Boil 'Em Cabbage
Here Steve teaches us how to play the tune on a Galax dulcimer, in the key of D with d-d-d-d tuning. If you don't have a Galax dulcimer, you can still retune to use this technique. This lesson includes backup tracks with an Appalachian band.
Level 3 Brachanloam
This is a Scottish air in 4/4 time. Mountain dulcimer players will enjoy the articulations of slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs.
Level 3 Breaking Up Christmas
The tradition of partying for 12 days, and the song, Breakin' Up Christmas, came from the Appalachian mountains. Party hosts would move furniture out of the house to make way for the festivities. The celebration lasted from the week before Christmas through the week after, usually winding down after those two weeks. Toward the end, they’d always play this tune.
Level 3 Caledonian Club
Caledonian Club is is a Celtic Strathspey dance tune in 4/4 time, easily recognized by the Scotch snap. A Scotch snap is a short note before a dotted note, a short-long rhythm, with the pulse on the shorter beat. In traditional playing, this rhymic pattern is generally exaggerated to enhance the musical expression.
Level 2 Capo
Using a Dudley capo, Steve demonstrates the installation and use of the capo.
Level 2 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.
Level 2 Chariton River Bridge
The Chariton River is a 218-mile-long tributary to the Missouri River in southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri. Our composer was inspired by a bridge that used to go over Chariton River where she lived, but the river was dammed and the bridge was torn down. The song reflects her memories about the times they would walk down the lane to the Chariton River Bridge on Sunday afternoons.
Level 2 Chicago Blues
This lesson includes a backing track. Steve shows how to move linearly, building a blues melody by playing just one note at a time.
Level 3 Chord Shapes
There are several moveable chord shapes on the mountain dulcimer. They work in different tunings and often have predictable patterns or ways to help you become more comfortable with finding chords all over your fretboard. In this lesson set we look at some of those patterns.
Level 3 Classic Rock Licks
Joe Collins once said, "A dulcimer has 1/2 the frets and 1/2 the strings, but ALL the music." And it's true ... the dulcimer doesn't have a chromatic fretboard, and only has 3 strings. But in this series, Steve Eulberg will demonstrate sounds and classic rock licks you never thought could be possible on a mountain dulcimer.
Level 2 Club Footed Jib
This is an original tune by Steve Eulberg, and this one is in 7/8 time. He was inspired to write this tune while in the Florida Keys, sitting next to Butch Ross on a sailboat with a club-footed jib in the front.
Level 2 Comfort, Comfort
This is an Advent song based on Isaiah 40:1-5. The text of this hymn is meant to show the promise of better days to come when the Messiah arrives. "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God." (Isaiah 40:1 KJV)
Level 3 Crested Hens
The composer of Crested Hens is the French hurdy-gurdy player, Gilles Chabenat, and he wrote the tune when he was only 15 years old. Crested Hens is usually played as a waltz, but was actually written as a bourree - a French dance in 3/8 time.
Level 2 Cripple Creek
A "cripple creek" is a meandering or a crooked stream. Some speculate that the location of the creek in this bluegrass song is Cripple Creek, Colorado. But others believe that the song refers to Cripple Creek, Virginia. Regardless of the location of the creek, it's a popular tune at jam sessions.
Level 2 Dorsett's 4-Hand Reel
Dorsett's 4-Hand Reel is a fishermens' dance from Bridport, England. Steve learned this tune from the first band in which he ever saw a hammered dulcimer player (Burr Beard was his name; Devilish Merry was the band's name) back in the 1970s.
Level 2 Elk in the Meadow
This is an original tune written by Steve in the Celtic tradition, while attending the Scottish Irish Highlands Festival in Estes Park, CO.
Level 4 Eos
Eos is an original tune by Steve Eulberg. Eos is the goddess of dawn in Greek mytholody, and Steve wrote this tune early in the morning. You can also enjoy Steve fingerpicking the tune on guitar on his new CD, Between the Tracks. This 13-track, 44 minute CD is a fine offering of relaxing, modern solo guitar magic that serves up a wide range of jazzy and bluesy acoustic instrumentals.
Level 2 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.
Level 2 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.
Level 4 Funeral March of a Marionette
Funeral March of a Marionette (also known as the Theme for "Alfred Hitchcock Presents") is in D-A-C tuning. The storyline is about a marionette who has died in a duel.
  • The A Part, in D minor, represents the funeral procession.
  • The B Part in D major depicts the mourners enjoying refreshments before returning to the funeral march (A Part) again.
Level 2 Garry Owen
Garryowen is an old Irish drinking song that can be traced back as far as the early 1860s. The word "Garryowen" is derived from Irish words meaning, "Owen's Garden," and is actually a suburb of the Irish city of Limeric.
Level 2 Golden Slippers
"Golden Slippers" was written by African-American James A. Bland in 1879. It was originally known as "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers." Steve teaches this tune on the Galax MD in the key of G with d-d-d-d tuning.
Level 3 Hammer-On, Pull-Off
Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs are two common articulations which are “two-for-one” ways to play more than one note by changing what the fingering hand has done AFTER the plucking hand has plucked the note. Both are demonstrated, described and exercises are suggested for developing clean skills with these articulations.
Level 2 Harvest Home
"Harvest Home" can be found in fiddle tune collections from the 1840's so it is believed that this lively tune was brought over to America by one of the Irish immigrants in the 1800's.
Level 2 Hunting Buffalo
Mountain dulicmer players will learn about the use of a capo and how to play the song in 4 different tunings. Hammered dulcimer players will learn how to play a minor mode gapped-scale tune in box and the straight up and down patterns in E minor.
Level 4 I Wonder As I Wander
Few Christmas hymns capture the poignancy of Christ’s birth as well as this old folk song. It was discovered by John Jacob Niles, a historian and song-writer who spent most of his life traveling across the Appalachian Mountains in search of new folk music.
Level 2 I'll Fly Away
Hammered dulcimer players will learn this in the key of G, using grace notes that are taught in both single and double hammer patterns. Mountain dulcimer players will learn it in both D-A-A and D-A-d tuning, using both a single finger and multiple fingers drone melody, a two-finger harmony, and chorded melody.
Level 2 Jesus Loves Me
After almost 150 years, "Jesus Loves Me" is still the #1 spiritual song in the hearts of children around the world. The most fun aspect of this lesson is that it comes with a calypso back-up track for practicing - with marimbas, flutes, and steel drums.
Level 2 Jingle Bells
James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893) wrote Jingle Bells in 1857. The song was originally published under the title "One Horse Open Sleigh." Mountain dulcimer players will learn to play this tune in 3 different tunings: D-A-A, D-A-d, and D-G-d. Hammered dulcimer players will learn the tune in the key of G.
Level 2 Jolly Old St. Nicholas
For mountain dulcimer players, this carol is taught in the key of D in D-A-A and D-A-d tunings - first with a drone melody, then with an added harmony note and finally in chord-melody style. Hammered dulcimer players will enjoy drills on syncopation to help create the rhythmic variations in Linda's arrangement.
Level 2 Joy to the World
Linda introduces the hammered dulcimer version of this wonderful Christmas carol with a multiple-bounce roll, follwed by a simple 4-note descending scale that brings to mind the sound of Christmas bells calling people to come worship the newborn King.
Level 2 Liberty for MD & HD
In this lesson, Erin Mae and Steve show us how to play Liberty when playing with a mountain dulcimer and a hammered dulcimer together (or actually, any two instruments). They give us plenty of ideas for variations to add to the arrangement. And then they show us how to listen for cues and be sensitive to what the other person is trying to do, and how to give the other person room to do it.
Level 2 Mairi's Wedding
This is a Scottish folk song originally written in Gaelic by Johnny Bannerman for Mary McNiven, a well-known singer at the time. Johnny first played the tune for Mary in 1935 at the Old Highlanders Institute in Glasgow's Elmbank Street.
Level 3 Miss McLeod's Reel
This is a Scottish-Irish fiddle tune with a long history in America. Sometimes Miss McLoed is called Mrs., in Ireland she's a Mc, and in Scotland she's a Mac. But whatever name she goes by, and whatever title the tune is given, Mrs. McLeod’s Reel is a grand old lady who has traveled far and wide to become a standard tune in many fiddling traditions.
Level 2 Moderato in C
Moderato in C was written by Fernando Sur for classical guitarists. However, the exercise lends itself very well to the mountain dulcimer in the D-A-d tuning or you can retune your dulcimer to C-G-c to keep the piece in its original key.
Level 3 Movable Chord Shapes
There are several moveable chord shapes on the mountain dulcimer. They work in different tunings and often have predictable patterns or ways to help you become more comfortable with finding chords all over your fretboard. In this lesson set we look at some of those patterns.
Level 3 O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
This tune was harmonized by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) in the early 18th century, and is the arrangement that is most used in the North American hymnals.

“O Sacred Head” is a hymn typically played during Holy Week, a time of reflection on what Jesus Christ has done for us. Specifically, this hymn commemorates what took place at the time of the crucifixion on Good Friday.
Level 2 Off She Goes
The popular fiddle tune "Off She Goes” was popular throughout the British Isles and North America. Some sources say that, in the days of sailing, it was a tradition for the fiddle player to sit on the deck of the ship playing “Off She Goes” as the ship departed harbor.
Level 2 Oh, Mary and the Baby, Sweet Lamb
This hymn is played in the D-A-C tuning. This is actually a “zipper” song, one to which verses can be added to tell the story, as Steve demonstrates in the third video.
Level 2 Old Joe Clark
This tune is a treasured chestnut and an excellent example of the Mixolydian mode. Steve teaches it for mountain dulcimer players in three different tunings.
Level 2 Over the Waterfall
Over the Waterfall is a popular jam tune which packs some surprises. The humorous lyrics tell of an old man who pushed his old wife into the water - thus the title "Over the Waterfall."
Level 2 Playing with Backup
In this group of lessons, Steve demonstrates how to play with a backing track.
Level 3 Prelude 1, Opus 6
This prelude was composed by Mateo Carcassi, a well-known Italian classical guitarist. Steve has taken this tune written for the guitar and applied it to the dulcimer. It not only has a beautiful melody but also serves well as a warm-up exercise. The tune is played in triplets, with a bass-middle-melody fingerstyle flow.
Level 2 Rakes of Mallow
This song is about the rakes who came to visit the town of Mallow, a town in County Cork, and became a well-known Irish drinking song. Apparently, when they weren't drinking the water from the Spa House for its curative properties, some of the young men were guzzling, in vast quantity, other substances that had exactly the opposite effect.
Level 2 Rocky Top
"Rocky Top" was written by married songwriting duo Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant in 1967. The Bryants were staying at the historic Gatlinburg Inn, in Gatlinburg, Tennesse, when the idea of writing a song about the mountains came to them. Several years have passed since then, but Rocky Top is still a crowd pleaser.
Level 2 Silent Night
This arrangement will work with an ensemble of both kinds of dulcimers or both mountain (in both tunings!) and hammered dulcimers. Get together with your friends to try it!
Level 2 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.
Level 2 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.
Level 3 Soaring
Soaring is a tune that was born when Steve was trying to learn another tune, but the melody kept coming out with its own voice. Steve originally wrote the tune for mountain dulcimer, but he has also adapted the tune for hammered dulcimer players.
Level 2 Southwind
Southwind is an Irish waltz played in the characteristic “OOM pah pah” style, taught by Steve for MD players and Linda for HD players. Hammered dulcimer players will enjoy using arpeggios and an answering left hand bounce in the right hand lead style. This tune is always a favorite at jam sessions.
Level 2 Still, Still, Still
This is an Austrian Christmas carol, and was also arranged by Steve for an ensemble of both kinds of dulcimers or both mountain (in both tunings!) and hammered dulcimers.
Level 1 String-Side UP
A series of 30 videos starting by teaching the names of the parts of the dulcimer in order to better understand how to play it.
Level 2 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
Level 2 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.
Level 1 Tuning a Mountain Dulcimer
Steve hows us four of his mountain dulcimers - each with a different tuning layout, and then demonstrates how to tune to 1-5-5 and 1-5-8 intervals.
Level 2 Up on the Housetop
This popular tune was written by Benjamin R. Hanby in 1864 in the town of New Paris, Ohio. This may be the first actual song that mentions Santa Claus by that name, and is probably the first secular Christmas song in American history.
Level 3 We Three Kings
Mountain dulcimer players will learn this minor-mode Christmas song in D minor, using the D-A-C tuning.
Level 3 Wind That Shakes the Barley
This traditional Celtic reel also goes by the names An Ghaoth A Bhogann An Eorna and Little Pack of Tailors. Note that the A part is 4 measures repeated, but the B part is 8 measures long and played only once. The tune also challenges us by ending on the IV chord, rather than at home!
Level 2 You Name It Blues: Mountain Dulcimer
Steve composed this tune to demonstrate how accessible and fun it is to play blues on the dulcimer! And you can name it for whatever blues you are having at the moment.

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