The Expressive Dulcimer
(or, Wow! I never knew a dulcimer could sound like that!)
by Carol Walker
We'll take your playing to the next level by exploring everything your dulcimer can give you when you put away the pick and just draw the music out with your bare fingers. With your right hand you'll learn various ways to fingerpick and brush, coaxing out the melody against a supportive harmonic background. With the left hand you'll master the subtleties of using vibrato, slides, and unique chord shapes and colors. Your packet of music will include an extensive and varied collection of familiar favorites treated in a completely different way, along with new, unfamiliar tunes that will challenge you, and add a new dimension to your repertoire. The result will be exquisitely beautiful playing, stylistically reminiscent of the best classical and jazz finger-style guitarists; you'll create a mood that will have your audience exclaiming, "I never knew a dulcimer could sound like that!"