Practice doesn't make perfect, nor is it supposed to. Practice is about increasing your repertoire of ways to recover from your mistakes.
--Joann Gutin, in Discover magazine
Learn to play Hammered Dulcimer
with lessons from Carl Thor
The hammered dulcimer is one of the world's oldest musical instruments in current use, dating back several hundred years. It is found in various forms throughout the world, from China to the Middle East, Europe and North America. Many people, upon first hearing the hammered dulcimer, immediately fall in love with its sound and may eventually want to learn to play it. Perhaps you are one of those people. If so, I would be pleased to help you achieve that goal.
I began playing hammered dulcimer in 1990 and have been performing and recording since 1993. I have studied with Steve Schneider, Linda Lowe Thompson, and Ken Kolodner, and have taught workshops for the Northwest Hammered Dulcimer Society's annual Chatter Creek Festival, the annual Spring Fling Rendezvous near Portland, and for the Prairie Dulcimer Club in Kansas City. I play with my own Celtic band, Talisman, the Portland Megaband (world's largest contradance band), Cascade Crossing, Hands4, and in other groupings for English country and contra dancing. I have accompanied the Aurora Chorus and other groups in performance of music for choir and hammered dulcimer by Malcolm Dalglish. I also perform as a soloist and, in 1997, competed in the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship at Winfield, Kansas. I have studied music theory at Clark College in Vancouver and at Portland Community College. I bring a lifetime of musical experience with piano, bands and choirs to my playing and teaching of the hammered dulcimer.
If you have never played before, I will help you to get started making music at your first lesson, then help you learn more advanced skills and music theory along the way in future lessons. If you already play, I will help you continue to improve your skills and knowledge. To schedule lessons, please contact me. Together we will get your instrument singing under your hands and work with your learning style to assure musical growth and enjoyment along the way!
My current teaching schedule is at Artichoke Music on Thursdays from 3 - 6 pm, or on Fridays in Vancouver. Lessons are $45 for an hour, or $30 for a half-hour. Please contact me at (360) 695-5597 or if you are interested in lessons. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.