Learn to play a hammered dulcimer & guitar duet of the lovely Christmas melody “The Cradle Song” written in 1885 by William J. Kirkpatrick.

For the first two sessions of this course, Ruth Smith will guide hammered dulcimer players through their part. For the final session, Steve Smith will teach guitar players the backup part. Also in the third session, both players will join together to play the tune. You will learn dynamics and expression to help the instruments complement one another and enhance the musicality of the duet.

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Ruth Smith

Hammered Dulcimer

A native North Carolinian, Ruth fell in love the with sound of the hammered dulcimer at an apple festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her many years of classical training give her a special touch, and she is recognized for her delicate, expressive style. Dirty Linen Folk & World Music Magazine says “Ruth Smith's touch on the hammered dulcimer is absolutely magical, with exquisite phrasing, highlighting the range of the instrument especially on her own pieces.” Ruth enjoys composing music especially for the hammered dulcimer and her compositions have been featured on NPR's All Songs Considered, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, PBS TV's Song of the Mountains and in Dulcimer Players News. A popular instructor, she teaches hammered dulcimer workshops at festivals and folk schools throughout the country and is the author of From Heart to Hands and Touch of Grace, hammered dulcimer instructional books of her compositions and arrangements.


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