Pre-Festival Dulcimer Intensive

with Stephen Seifert

Register on or before November 1 and get 15% off your deposit. To get the discount, enter the coupon code “INTENSIVE” at checkout. (
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[The $87.50 you pay to register is a 50% non-refundable deposit.]

Join me, Stephen Seifert, in Kennard, TX, October 31 to Nov 2, 2017, for a 3-day comprehensive guided tour of mountain dulcimer playing philosophy, technique, and music for ALL LEVELS. Regardless of your level of musicianship, I want to give you the big picture.

No matter what you’re new to or already good at, my method of playing and learning to play can help you be a better musician. This hands-on, pick-moving approach will include plenty of tunes and playing exercises designed to challenge and encourage. There ARE wrong ways to play the dulcimer. Let me help you find what’s right for you.

I want to do more than teach you how to reproduce what I or someone else has already created. I want to show you how to thrill both you and your listener with an approach to playing music that’s all about passionate creation and not just about reciting the same thing over and over. I want to give you the truth about how many of your favorite musicians do what they do. These concepts work regardless of how experienced you are or how simple or complex your music is. My goal is to surprise you with what you’re really capable of.

Some of What We’ll Cover

  • Strumming
  • Flatpicking
  • Crosspicking
  • Left-hand fingering
  • Chords
  • Chord/melody
  • Arranging
  • Making up riffs, intros, and endings
  • Reading tablature, sheet music, and hands
  • Ear skills
  • Group playing

Genres might include:

  • American and Irish fiddle tunes
  • Hymns
  • Old-Time Songs
  • Bluegrass
  • Blues

Worried you’re too much of a beginner or too advanced? I’ve designed these exercises to allow different levels to play together successfully. While I ask one level to do one thing, I’ll ask another level to do something different but compatible.

Beginners, much of what I’m covering is essential information that will help you immediately. Some of it will seriously challenge you. Note taking and audio/video recording are highly encouraged. When necessary, I’ll shoot short summary videos of what we’re working on. There’s already over 50 summary videos from past events. On the last day, I’ll send you links to the videos via email. I can also make these videos available via usb thumb drive.

Intermediate to advanced players, we’re going to cover many concepts from the ground to the clouds. Reviewing the foundational principles is essential to getting the harder stuff. I want to help you strengthen your weak spots as we work towards higher level playing.

I believe good musicians care less about WHAT they’re playing and a whole lot more about the act of playing itself. The point isn’t to play MUSIC. The point is to PLAY. Think I sound nuts? Take this class and find out how you can be nuts, too. I’m going to show you EXACTLY how to do it.

By the way, right there in Kennard the weekend of November 3-4 is one of the best old-time and dulcimer festivals in the world. Lloyd and April Wright put some of the best musicians from the old-time world into the same jams with us dulcimer players. It’s really one of my all-time favorite events. To learn more, visit Seriously, the food, the music, the dancing, the laughing; it’s all out of this world and I’m not just saying that!


October 31 to Nov 2, 2017


The Wright Filling Station right in the middle of downtown Kennard, Texas. The Wrights bought this place years ago and fixed it up to have a place for all their music gatherings. Need a place to sleep? I know some people. Email me at

Each Day’s Schedule

9:00 – 12:00 Morning Session

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 4:30 Afternoon Session


Meals aren’t included in the price but we often eat together next door at the cafe.


The workshop fee is $175 for the three days. A non-refundable deposit of $87.50 is required up front to register and reserve a seat in the class. The remaining $87.50 is due in person at the beginning of the first day of the event. Seats are limited to approximately 20 to keep class size manageable. To register, visit

Contact Information

Have any questions? Ask away! Email Stephen at