The Lagniappe Dulcimer Society announces Mountain Dulcimer Classes for the public this spring. Learn to play a new music instrument.

Beginner Classes, taught by Jack Stallings, and Novice Player Classes, taught by Bonnie Guelfo, will be held on Monday nights at 7 p.m. for six weeks. No experience or musical background is needed. Loaner dulcimers are available for this series of classes.

The “Learn to Play the Dulcimer” class dates are April 24 – June 5, 2017, on Monday nights from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The classes will be located at the Community Bible Church (CBC) Fellowship Hall, 8354 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70809.

For more information, call Peggy Broussard at 225-261-6696 or 225-329-4018, or Helen Bankston at 225-753-7917, or e-mail hmbankston@cox.net.

Call to sign-up for the classes and to reserve a dulcimer and for directions to the location.

About the Mountain Dulcimer

The dulcimer is a fretted musical instrument like a guitar or banjo. However, it has only 3 or 4 strings and is played differently.

It is played by holding it on one’s lap and strumming across all the strings with a pick and playing the melody to the song on the first string. The other strings sound as drones. It is much simpler and easier to play than a guitar.

After basic techniques are mastered, endless creative possibilities become available including chords, harmonies, jazz techniques.

The modern mountain dulcimer evolved from early instruments brought to this country by settlers to the Appalachian region.

About the Lagniappe Dulcimer Society

This organization was founded in 1998 and is an all-volunteer music organization. Our mission is to share musical enjoyment of the dulcimer and other acoustic instruments by teaching and playing old time and modern music.

We are a non-profit organization that strives to entertain and bring joy to others through our music.

The club holds weekly meetings on Monday nights, gives performance to community groups, retirement homes and church groups.

A weekend music festival is held annually which draws several hundred participants and instructors from around the country.

The 18th festival will be held March 8-10, 2018, and the morning of March 11, 2018, at the Port Allen Community Center.

For more information about the organization, visit the website at LagnaippeDulcimerBR.or or their Facebook page at Lagniappe Dulcimer Society.

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