Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Making a Mountain Dulcimer with John Ressler

Dates: 10/15/2016 - 10/16/2016
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $300
Materials: $125
Deposit: $125

Have you ever wanted to learn to build a stringed instrument, but didn’t know where to start? A mountain dulcimer is a great first instrument. This unique stringed instrument combines a moderately challenging project with a simple-to-play instrument which makes this a delightful instrument you can truly call your own. You will be guided through all the critical elements of building the dulcimer and be provided with dimensions and plans that will assist you in continuing to build in the future. Materials will be traditional cherry or walnut with a spruce top. John will also discuss the background and history of the dulcimer. By the end of the workshop there will be a group lesson on playing the instrument. WARNING: Building stringed instruments is addictive! Be prepared to leave with a smile on your face!

Key Points:

  • The basics of stringed instrument building
  • The steps to build a mountain dulcimer from start to finish
  • Wood selection for musical instruments and their effect on tone
  • Installing instrument fret wire
  • How to tune and play the instrument

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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