Mountain Dulcimer Lessons and Books
Mountain dulcimer teacher Susan Howell
spent her childhood years in Marin County and her musical interests
developed early. She was a singer in the San Francisco Childrenís Opera
for 9 years and can still, at the drop of a hat, sing most of the songs
from the Broadway musicals of the 50ís and 60ís. She acquired her first
dulcimer in 1976 and attended the second year of the Pacific Rim Dulcimer
Festival, known as Kindred Gathering II. She met her husband, Niels
Andersen at Kindred Gathering X and they have been "instrumental" in
organizing this weekend of dulcimerrie each summer since then.
Susan has taught at Appalachian State Dulcimer Playing Workshop (Boone),
Claremont Folk Festival, the Harvest Festival of Dulcimers, the Pacific
Rim Gathering, and Northwest Folklife.
Susan also attends as many music camps as possible and is fond of playing
swing tunes from the 1930ís on the guitar and ukulele as well. She and Niels published a book in 1994 entitled
Dulcimer Accompaniments For
Swing And Other Popular Tunes. In 2002 at the request of her
students, Susan put together a collection of her arrangements and called
it Favorite Tunes on the Mountain Dulcimer.
The mountain dulcimer is also known as the fretted
dulcimer, the lap dulcimer
Mountain Dulcimer Lessons in Seattle
All levels, all styles: traditional
folk music, song accompaniment, swing tunes,
and more. Students from Seattle, Shoreline, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, or
anywhere on the eastside or in the Puget Sound region are welcomed. For
held in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle, contact
Susan@seattledulcimer.com, or consider
Appalachian dulcimer classes at Dusty Strings in Fremont.
Lessons in Seattle
ukulele students are also welcomed. Even if you have never
played a string instrument and don't know how to tune it, I will get you
started on the right path.
I'm flexible. Some people play totally by ear, some
prefer TAB or musical notation. I can teach any of these, or a
combination. I'm equally at home with the traditional repertoire of the
mountain dulcimer and the use of it as an accompaniment instrument.
Call Susan Howell at 206/781-1964 or email