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Learn to play the dulcimer

By Carla Roberts
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Carla Roberts Pagosans take advantage of free dulcimer instruction at the Ross Aragon Community Center to learn to play a new instrument. In front, from left, are Leslie Hannay and Alice Chavez. In back are Margaret Darling, Judy James, Dot Alber, Nancy Shibly and Jim Klaproth. Classes are offered every Wednesday at the center.

Photo courtesy Carla Roberts
Pagosans take advantage of free dulcimer instruction at the Ross Aragon Community Center to learn to play a new instrument. In front, from left, are Leslie Hannay and Alice Chavez. In back are Margaret Darling, Judy James, Dot Alber, Nancy Shibly and Jim Klaproth. Classes are offered every Wednesday at the center.

Every Wednesday, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., musician Carla Roberts offers 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 will learn a number-based system that incorporates simple melodies.

Bring a dulcimer if you have one, or play an instrument provided in class.

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

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

This story was posted on February 14, 2013.