Dulcimer Crossing

Learn the Chromatic Dulcimer

Whether the chromatic dulcimer is your first instrument to play, or you have experience with another instrument and are adding the dulcimer to your repertoire, or if you have lots of experience and are looking to deepen your understanding or become a better teacher for your friends,

the solid foundation and the step-by-step progression in these lessons will give you the understanding, comfort, and experience you’ll need in order to begin playing the music you love on this historic and accessible instrument.

Watch a Sample Lesson from your Teacher, Erin Rogers!

Here's what you get!

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42 Video Lessons

You get lessons specifically designed with the brand-new player in mind, pre-recorded and delivered at your convenience to be played and replayed as you need reminders and reinforcement.

You also get pdf handouts that you can download and print.

Introduction to the Chromatic Dulcimer

  • 1. Intro to the Chromatic
  • 2. Chromatic Pros & Cons
  • 3. Getting Comfortable, Part A: Dots
  • 4. Getting Comfortable, Part B: Notes
  • 5. Charting Notes on the High "d" String
  • 6. Charting Notes on the Middle "A" String
  • 7. D Scale Across the Strings
  • 8. G Scale Across the Strings
  • 9. G# Scale Across the Strings
  • 10. Play F Scale Across the Strings
  • 11. Playing Scales through the Circle of 4ths
  • 12. Using the Major Slant Shape
  • 13. Minor Slant Chord Shape
  • 14. Barre Chord Shape

Chromatic Approaches

  • 1. Where to Put Marker Dots
  • 2. How Do You Think About It?
  • 3. Playing Chord Shapes
  • 4. Moving the Chord Shapes

Here's what you get!

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42 video lessons 

You get lessons specifically designed with the brand-new player in mind, pre-recorded and delivered at your convenience to be played and replayed as you need reminders and reinforcement.

You also get pdf handouts that you can download and print.

Modules & Lessons

Chromatic Chords

  • 1. G Major L-Shape Chord
  • 2. G Dominant 7th, Major 7th, and 6th Chords
  • 3. G Minor Chords
  • 4. G Suspended Chords
  • 5. G Diminished Chords
  • 6. G Augmented Chords & Review
  • 7. D Major, Reverse Extended Slant Shape
  • 8. D7th and D6th, Reverse Extended Slant Shape
  • 9. D Minor Chords, Reverse Extended Slant Shape
  • 10. D Suspended, Diminished, and Augmented Chords, Reverse Extended Slant Shape
  • 11. Review of D Chords
  • 12. Extended Slant Shape

Chromatic Scales

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Scale Patterns: Playing Forward in D
  • 3. Scale Patterns: Playing Forward in G
  • 4. Forward Pattern Through the Circle of 4ths
  • 5. Scale Patterns: Backwards
  • 6. Backward Pattern Through the Circle of 4ths

Next Steps

  • 1. Reasons Why People Play the Chromatic Dulcimer
  • 2. Erin's Strategy: Playing Diatonically
  • 3. Erin's Strategy: Using Familiar Chord Shapes
  • 4. Erin's Strategy: Moving Familiar Chord Shapes
  • 5. Erin's Strategy: Moving the Shapes to G
  • 6. Moving the Shapes Around in the Circle of 4ths and 5ths
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Meet your Teacher

Erin is the youngest person to win the Mountain Dulcimer Contest - being only 17 in 2004 when she won. She is part of Scenic Roots, a duo with her sister, Amber, and has been a favorite teacher at the Colorado Dulcimer Festival for 3 different years.
Erin teaches an excellent lesson on the technique of flatpicking for mountain dulcimer players, Angeline the Baker, and St. Anne's Reel. She compares a standard to a chromatic mountain dulcimer. You can contact her by email here.

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