Build and play a dulcimer in two-day workshop

Published 10:55 am Monday, January 29, 2024

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Even a novice can learn to build a dulcimer during a special two-day workshop coming to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tenn.-VA, Feb. 10-11. Led by dulcimer player and instructor Roxanne McDaniel, participants will have the opportunity to build their own dulcimer from cardboard using simple tools. The workshop will begin each day at 1 p.m., ending at 4 p.m. ET. Class size is limited to 15 people and open to all ages. Registration fee is $30+ tax/fee and covers all materials.
“This is a very special learning experience for anyone interested in playing an instrument or building one,” said museum Head Curator Dr. Rene Rodgers. “No music experience or construction skills are necessary to take part in the workshop, and at the end each participant will leave with an instrument that they can continue to learn on at home.”
Roxanne McDaniel is a singer-songwriter and dulcimer player based in Johnson City. A graduate of East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies program, she has a passion for the dulcimer and for teaching others about its importance in Appalachian culture. McDaniel leads classes, hosts dulcimer workshops, and incorporates the instrument heavily in her own music.
Introduced in the early 19th century by Scots-Irish immigrants, the dulcimer has a prominent history in Appalachian music. Participants in the workshop will learn more about that history and the importance of keeping this uniquely Appalachian instrument relevant for younger generations.
The dulcimer is among the most accessible of stringed instruments, making it especially suitable for beginners. It’s the perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to learn an instrument, from experienced musicians to complete beginners. The workshop will introduce participants to a number of simple playing techniques and beginner-friendly dulcimer tunes.
To register for the dulcimer workshop at the museum, visit the Events page at

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