One of the many tragic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic is the nearly universal paralysis of the arts.  An important segment of the artistic community includes the dulcimer community. 

QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival was formed for two purposes.  First, to provide a two-day online venue for those who love the music, friendships, and sense of family so unique to dulcimer festivals. And second, to show love and support for dulcimer professionals who also are victims of the many cancelled festivals and workshops.  Although they already have had two festivals in 2020, you can sign up to be notified of any future festivals. Their website still includes valuable links to loads of Mountain and Hammered  Dulcimer instructors.  

Books for Learning

A small collection of books I offer for learning to play the hammered dulcimer.

Ken Kolodner

Ken now offers a whole lot of instructional videos on learning to play the hammered dulcimer.  Click on the photo to get a survey of all of what he offers.

Steve Schneider

Steve Schneider offers individualized instruction via Skype to advanced hammered dulcimer players looking to extend their capabilities.  You can contact him via email.  

Discover the Dulcimer the Dizzi Way

Rebeca Cree (Dizzi Dulcimer) has put together a comprehensive online course for learning to play the hammered dulcimer on a tuition private Facebook page. Click here to get more info.

Dulcimer School

Dulcimer School is a online resource for those seeking instruction in the art of dulcimer playing. From the beginner to the advanced. Dulcimer School will guide you through all of the essential techniques for both the Hammered Dulcimer and Appalachian Dulcimer.

Taught by Steve Seifert and Dan Landrum.

Dulcimer Player's News (DPN)

A journal devoted to both the hammered and fretted dulcimer with tunes, tips for beginners, reviews, instrument care and repair, interviews and festival information. Click on the image to subscribe online.

The Kitchen Musician

This site has a lot of information about hammered dulcimers and everything related to the instrument.

They also have a long list of linked sources for finding tunes. You can go directly to that page through this link.

The Cimbalom World Association (CWA)

The Cimbalom World Association (CWA) aims to bring together artists who play cimbalom and similar instruments like yangqin, santur, hackbrett, hammered dulcimer, tympanon, qanun, kantele, etc. as well as interested organisations and individuals. They organize Congresses which bring together artists from all over the globe.

Hammered Dulcimer Mailing List

This list is for players and builders of hammered dulcimers, even people that love the music made by hammered dulcimers. It doesn't matter if you've been thinking about learning to play the hammered dulcimer or you've been performing or teaching on the hammered dulcimer for years. There's something here for people at every level. Subjects include (but are not limited to) learning and playing techniques, tune sources, arranging, playing with others, and dulcimer (and other acoustic music) festivals. Click on the linked photo to join or to access the archives.

Building your own Hammered Dulcimer

I get a fair number of requests for information on building your own dulcimer. Fortunately there is a lot more information available now than there was when I got started 30 years ago. The image link takes you to a bunch more information I've pulled together. I'm sure there is more.

Photos of Historical Hammered Dulcimers

I post photos of historical hammered dulcimers I run across to a board on Pinterest. You are welcome to add to that board.

A short history of the Hammered Dulcimer

A short summary of origins along with some links to more information.  The Kitchen Musician site has information as well.  Paul Gifford's book The Hammered Dulcimer has they most authoritative info.

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James Jones Instruments

1384 Coltons Mill Rd

Bedford, VA 24523-5259

540-586-6319 

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