Come learn how the hammered dulcimer fits into traditional music. It is set up for keys that are Old Time friendly. Dave will show the arrangement of scale patterns and how they relate to a circle of fifths. It is suited for tunes that are major, minor, and modal. Not only good for playing melodies, the dulcimer works for playing backup for fiddles and other instruments. You’ll be able to play along as Dave plays some tunes.
Dave Neiman, Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been performing and teaching both privately and at festivals since the early 1980’s. His passion for the hammered dulcimer has taken him to music festivals, concert stages, and street performing venues in many parts of the U.S. as well as Canada, Europe, and Japan, where he had the honor of a royal audience. A former National Hammered Dulcimer Champion at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Dave started out playing traditional New England dance tunes on dulcimer but, influenced by his classical and jazz guitar studies, established a reputation for his arrangements of classical and popular pieces. After a bit of a hiatus from life on the road, he is finally restarting his participation at a variety of festivals.