I teach hammer dulcimer lessons at my home in NE Portland. I currently charge $40 for a one hour lesson.
Beginning students focus on learning satisfying yet simple tunes while acquiring stick (hammer!) technique and familiarization with the tuning pattern, scales and chords. Music is learned both by ear and from notation.
I strive to help beginner student acquire techniques for learning and playing music on their own, and to help advanced players with arrangements, technique, repertoire, and, of course, tips on high fashion for the professional.
The Hammer Dulcimer Rendezvous is an annual festival which takes place in Sandy, Oregon. The Rendezvous was the brainchild of my good friend Pete Ballerstedt, who kept it going pretty much singlehandedly for over a decade. I have taken on the responsibility of the advance work for this fun event. Check out the Rendezvous Website to learn about this friendly and rewarding HD Festival!
Dan Compton, Steve Einhorn and Mick Doherty at NW Folklife Festival sometime in the early '80s. Photo by Dale Blindheim