Foundational Techniques for the Beginning Mountain Dulcimer Player

Join the Jam and More

I Want to Visit Your Club

15 DVD Video Lessons - Each with Audio CD and Booklet


Stephen Seifert, mountain dulcimer teacher and performer, is coming to Evart again this summer. He will be teaching a morning session for somewhat experienced beginners and an afternoon session for intermediate and up. You can sign up for one session or both!

Improve your skills in the morning class as you brush up on your strumming, melody, and chording. Stephen will gear in on the basics with some fun and playable arrangements!

The afternoon session will be geared to those who are past beginner and are looking to learn the techniques and skills that make a great player. He will be teaching both tunes and techniques.


3 days immediately preceding the ODPC Hammered Dulcimer Funfest! July 14, 15, 16th. The morning session will run from 8 - 11 am. The afternoon session will run from Noon - 3 pm.


Both sessions are located in Evart, Michigan at the High School, a half-block out the back gate of the Osceola County Fairgrounds. It’s air conditioned, too! You can camp at the fairgrounds and walk to the class.

Cost and Registration

The cost of the morning or afternoon session is $85 for 3 days (9 hours of teaching). In addition, we plan to have some evening jams for the group on the fairgrounds! Click on the following links to sign up early and pay a deposit of $43 to hold your spot:

Evart, MI, Jul. 14-16 - Beginner - 8-11 am Each Day on Square Market

Evart, MI, Jul. 14-16 - Intermediate and Up - Noon to 3 Each Day on Square Market


If you have questions, you can call Paula Brawdy at 616–240–0445. You can also email Stephen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If folks are interested, please send them to

Join me, Stephen Seifert, in Kennard, Texas, 
November 4-6, 2014, for a 3-day comprehensive guided tour of mountain dulcimer playing philosophy, technique, and music for ALL LEVELS. Regardless of your level of musicianship, I want to give you the big picture. 2014 three-day intensives include:

No matter what you’re new to or already good at, my method of playing and learning to play can help you be a better musician. This hands-on, pick-moving approach will include plenty of tunes and playing exercises designed to challenge and encourage. There ARE wrong ways to play the dulcimer. Let me help you find what’s right for you.

Read more: 2014 Kennard, TX Three-Day Dulcimer Intensives

How 'bout a little jam? Here's 8 play along videos at various speeds. I'm also including a bunch of tablature. I'm looking forward to a little discussion about what could make this kind of virtual jamming more helpful.

Read more: 8 Sample Jam Along Videos with Tablature and Tips

join the jam video play along series

Announcing Volume 2 of my Join the Jam Video Play Along Series! Here's 16 MORE tunes to get you ready. Between the 1st and 2nd volume, you get slow, medium, and reasonably fast play along videos for 32 top dulcimer jam tunes along with tablature. It really is the next best thing to having a hot jam whenever you're up for it. Immersion is the way to go.

Read more: Join the Jam Video Play Along Series Volume 2

(Volume 2 just released!)

Almost 10 years ago, I created Join the Jam. My idea was to make a simple guide to the most common mountain dulcimer jam tunes. In the introduction, I wrote, "If you're excited about playing the dulcimer with others, I hope this book proves to be a useful companion. Don't follow it too closely, you'll miss the point. It's only a map and an incomplete one at that. Keep your eyes and ears on the better players. Don't be too quick to give up. Stay in the circle. Stay in-tune. Don't go to bed before 1:00 A.M."

This play along series picks up where the book leaves off. It's really about getting better at the process of jamming which isn't just about reciting the same page over and over. With these videos, I want you to feel like the two of us are jamming at different speeds, playing tunes a little different each time through. (This isn't about learning fancy licks and variations, it's about learning to jam.)

Read more: Join the Jam Video Play Along Series Volume 1

My latest video instruction is available through for $15 a month. There's a ton of stuff here for all levels and many interests. Have you visited lately? You can look around without subscribing. Just go HERE and check out the titles.

dulcimer-school-lessonsThere's a lot of of great musicians who learn to play by reading hands like some folks read tablature or sheet music. The skills gained by learning and playing this way are envied and I believe falsely attributed to natural born talent. I very much wish all my students would spend time learning how to learn this way in addition to learning by other methods including by ear and instructional books. I've writing about this in the new Dulcimer Players News and I've prepared a free 30-minute video lesson ( to show everyone who's interested exactly what I'm talking about.


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