Students will play fifths to learn some good sounds. We will add thirds. This opens the world of major and minor chords. We'll play them in a variety of patterns.

Martha Richard

Hammered Dulcimer Instructor

Many years ago when Martha was working at a local festival doing a weaving demonstration she heard a group of fellows playing the hammered dulcimer nearby. They were so talented—could she learn to do this? No musical skills! Later that winter there was an ad in the local newspaper describing an upcoming dulcimer weekend. There would be classes for beginners. She signed up and began a life-long love of playing music. Martha is now known for enthusiastically playing a variety of musical genres from toe tapping fiddle tunes to lovely waltzes. She loves to share the joy of learning to play with brand new players. The hammered dulcimer is a great instrument for adults. The student does not particularly need to read music but will eventually. Martha has taught at local dulcimer events in the Midwest including Kentucky Music Week, the Heartland Dulcimer Festival, the Ohio Valley Gathering, and the Evart Funfest. Students enjoy her casual and encouraging style. So many songs yet to play.