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Olive's Workshops

Dulcimer for Beginners

Regular price $85.00
Regular price Sale price $85.00

Instructor: Jack Smoot

Saturday, April 6

10:00 a.m.  –  5:00 p.m.


Ages: Intergenerational (16 and up)

All levels are welcome. No experience required.

Students Please Bring:

  • Note taking materials.
  • Bring your own 6 ½ fret dulcimer.
  • Limited quantity available to borrow, let Olive’s Porch know if you need an instrument for the workshop.
  • (Optional) A snack and/or water bottle. Filtered water is available in the classroom.


No musical experience is necessary to learn to bring out the sweet song of the Appalachian dulcimer. Come enjoy the music in a relaxed, encouraging environment, and go home with the skills necessary to continue playing and expand your repertoire. Try your hand at basic melody and strumming techniques by ear or a simple tablature system, while exploring the traditional tunings of DAA, DAD, and DAC. Students will need to bring a playable mountain dulcimer, preferably with a 6 1/2 fret. 

There will be a 1-hour lunch break. Bring a lunch or explore local dining options.   

All materials are included with a $5 PAYABLE TO THE INSTRUCTOR at the time of the workshop. *Payment by cash or check is required for materials fees. 


About the Instructor: Jack Smoot has been building instruments, primarily mountain dulcimers, since 1989, and was strongly influenced by the well-known maker Horger Knight while attending the Folk School. Jack worked in the field of historic preservation for over 20 years, building museum exhibits, and restoring and interpreting 19th-century gristmills. His background in history has enhanced his enjoyment of traditional music through building and playing dulcimers, ukuleles, and the washtub bass. Jack currently serves on the Folk School's Board of Directors.