Learn to Play the Appalachian Dulcimer
Improve your dulcimer skills alongside experts and enthusiasts in the heart of Appalachian dulcimer country. Plus, learn new songs and enjoy two evening performances.
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Program No. 5123RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

A truly American musical instrument, the Appalachian dulcimer is often the core sound at the center of folk and old-time harmony — and there’s no better place to explore this musical tradition than in the heart of West Virginia! Bring your own dulcimer for an expert-led immersion into the techniques, chords and rhythms that bring the “mountain” dulcimer to life. Even novice musicians will learn to play old favorites and classic American folk songs.
Activity Level
Minimal walking to classrooms; a few stairs.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn to play dozens of familiar songs — and their alternate tunings — with the help of professional and experienced dulcimer musicians.
  • Consider the history of the Appalachian dulcimer and how this simple instrument became a cornerstone in American folk music.
  • Enjoy the scenic beauty of West Virginia as you learn about local life and the importance of music in the region.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Tish Westman
In 1990, Tish Westman moved to West Virginia with her husband Greg, leaving behind their careers to find a more relaxed lifestyle. Tish discovered the music of the Bowed Psaltrey, while traveling and working at craft festivals, and began building them shortly thereafter. In July of 2001, Tamarack invited Tish and Greg to become their resident wood workers and build Bowed Psaltries on site. Today, Tish teaches music workshops and has released a CD of Bowed Psaltrey music.
Heidi Muller
Tish Westman