Nina Zanetti – (Visit our calendar for information about workshops coming to Portland during the next few months!)

“Nina Zanetti is the 2008 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion. She comes to the mountain dulcimer from a diverse musical background, including choral music, violin, viola, piano, and shape note singing. She plays regularly at churches, historic sites, and community events and has taught workshops at dulcimer festivals throughout the country, including Western Carolina University, John C. Campbell Folk School, and Kentucky Music Week. Nina is especially fond of the “softer side of dulcimer.”

Here are some links, to performers and builders, schools, and music. To visit a website, click on a blue link below.

ARTISTS, PERFORMERS, ‘MD INFLUENCES’ – (If an artist will be performing in the Portland Oregon area, they will be a ‘Featured Artist’ on this and the ‘Home’ page and the event information will be posted on the ‘calendar’.

This list is not not necessarily a “who’s who” of mountain dulcimer or a list of ‘our’ favorites. There are simply too many noted and deserving performers, champions, legends and dulcimer influences to list in one place. Here is an introduction to performers who play and build dulcimers, have composed and recorded, are known for a certain playing style, who teach or have influenced the past and future of the mountain dulcimer. As you become more acquainted with the mountain dulcimer (MD) community these names and the names of other dulcimer personalities may begin to sound familiar. Click some of the links and begin the journey! (If you find a name missing that you feel would be of immediate value to add, please send a message via the contact page.)

Comprehensive List of Appalachian Dulcimer Players (Wikipedia) – A list of historical and current influential dulcimer players.

Aubrey Atwater
Janita Baker
David Beede
Linda Brockinton
Lee Cagle
Bonnie Carol
Sue Carpenter
Mike Clemmer
Larry Conger
Linda Webber Collins
Jessica Comeau
Steve Eulberg
Amy Fabbri
Robert Force
Bing Futch
Rick Fogel
Gary Gallier
Tull Glazener
Mark Gilston
Dave Haas
Neal Hellman
Leo Kretzner
Jeffrey A Lambert
Joellen Lapidus
Erin Mae Lewis
Madeline MacNeil
Heidi Muller and Bob Webb
Mark Nelson
Aaron O’Rourke
Don Pedi
Michael Rugg
Butch Ross
Gary Sager
Stephen Seifert
Steven K. Smith
Mark Tindle
Neal & Coleen WaltersWorkshops in Portland during July, see calendar for information!
Nina ZanettiMay 25 Workshop in Portland, see the calendar!


• Al d’Ossche •
• Richard Fariña •
• Homer C. Ledford •
• Jean Ritchie •
• David Schnaufer •

(If you find a name missing that you feel would be of immediate value to add, please send a message via the contact page.)

Dulcimer Player News – General information and subscription information about the Dulcimer Players News magazine and CD, for mountain and hammered dulcimer enthusiasts. (Outstanding!)
Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer (Facebook) – Facebook mountain dulcimer link.
‘MD’ Noter and Drone Blog” – Click link to see more information below.
Appalachian Dulcimer, Wikipedia – A comprehensive look at the history, players, builders and current influences.
The Hearts of the Dulcimer Film/Podcast – A feature-length film documenting the dulcimer renaissance in the 1970s; by Patricia Delich and Wayne Jiang, filmmakers, podcast hosts and musicians. The Podcast “explores the mountain dulcimer’s past, present, and future. If you’re interested in mountain dulcimers, this is the podcast for you.” Deserves a definite visit!

SloeJam DulcimersHey that’s us, you’re already here! We meet the 1’st and 3’rd Wednesday of the month in the Portland Oregon area. Questions? Please use the contact page.
Woodstock Dulcimer Society Email – Monthly, 1st Tuesday of the month from 7 – 9 pm. Located in the Woodstock neighborhood, Portland, Oregon. RSVP for location. Click the ’email’ link.
Three Rivers Dulcimer Society – Located in the Richland Washington (Tri-Cities) area. Please see their website for meeting times, lot’s of beginner information, and even ‘recipes’!

Dulcimer Crossing – “Enjoy mountain dulcimer lessons and hammered dulcimer lessons at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home.” Thousands of web pages of lessons, 1,500+ videos, 4,000 + minutes of instruction, from 12 different teachers. Over 415 pdf documents of tab, lyrics and sheet music. 570+ flash animations where to strike or press the strings. See the website for memberships and price information.
Dulcimer School – “Dulcimer School is a great resource for those seeking valuable instruction in the art of dulcimer playing.” Beginners to advanced, Lessons include video, audio, and handouts. Students may ask questions, participate in discussions, and share their own video, audio, and tab with the rest of the school. For mountain and hammered dulcimer. Check website for pricing and to signup!
‘MD’ Noter and Drone Blog – “A place for traditional noter and drone style Appalachian dulcimer players and beginners” and a lot of information applicable to any style. A fantastic website brought to you by the creator of Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer (see below).
Everything Dulcimer Teachers – International teacher list is a bit outdated. (See: Everything Dulcimer below for a great online community.)
YouTube Mountain Dulcimer Lesson Videos – Link to YouTube ‘search’ for “mountain dulcimer lessons” to get you started.
Lessons.Com (Dulcimer Lessons) – Enter zip code, click answers to ‘a whole bunch‘ of questions about your needs and the info will be sent to local teachers who have listed themselves. (There may be other local teachers not listed with this site or none in your community.)

Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer – (FOTMD) – Probably the most comprehensive dulcimer website online! Groups and forum discussions on topics that interest you. Ask questions, learn to play songs, share music clips and videos, find resources for buying dulcimers and finding music tab. ‘All’ levels of players welcomed. So much more! Free friendly help and encouragement in playing music!
Everything Dulcimer – Information about ‘everything’ (dulcimer)! An international dulcimer community sharing information through discussions, song tab, ‘find a dulcimer club’ mapped by state, events listing, ‘dulcimer builders’ mapped by state, ‘teachers’ mapped by state, ‘performers’ mapped by state, articles, classifieds and more!

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Mike Casey – Classical guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and story teller, Mike adapted Irish banjo, cittern, fiddle, whistle, flute and mandolin techniques to the Appalachian dulcimer. Performer and recording artist, Mike is especially known for his book, “Hands-On Dulcimer” written to help fretted dulcimer players at all levels grow in their technical abilities in both the right and left hands. The book explores “flat-picking, finger-picking, slurs, chords, strumming, left hand precision and placement, right hand strength and control, volume, tone, articulation, and more using both dulcimer tablature and standard music notation”. Mike has used his years of teaching to “develop exercises that will inspire and challenge players at all levels. The tunes and exercises are in the common dulcimer tuning of D-A-D, with a few exceptions”.