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Learn to play the dulcimer at the community center

By Carla Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Carla Roberts
In front, from left, are dulcimer students Cindy Shuttler and Cedar McGrath. In back are Jim Santee, Brad Shuttler and Nancy Shible. They are among the Pagosans who have participated in the free dulcimer classes at The Ross Aragon Community Center. A new series of classes will be held Wednesdays, starting Jan. 16.

On Wednesdays, starting Jan. 16, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., musician Carla Roberts will offer a free beginning dulcimer class at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

The lap dulcimer is a simple stringed folk instrument deeply associated with the early American music of the Appalachian Mountains. Ballads and fiddle tunes arrived with Scots/Irish settlers in successive waves of immigration to the new world from the British Isles. This beautiful music is the underpinning of folk and country music today.

The dulcimer is an entry folk instrument, not as difficult as the guitar to learn. Students will receive instruction in tuning the instrument, and a number based system of learning that incorporates simple melodies. Bring a dulcimer if you have one, or play an instrument provided in class.

The Ross Aragon Community Center is located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd.

For further information, call Carla Roberts at 903-6478.

This story was posted on January 10, 2013.