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Welcome to Dulcimer Crossing

Enjoy mountain dulcimer lessons and hammered dulcimer lessons at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home. With our online dulcimer lessons, you will soon play dulcimer music well enough to join in at jam sessions with confidence.

Introducing Our Newest Teacher

Larry CongerWe are proud to announce our newest mountain dulcimer teacher, Larry Conger. A graduate of The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Larry has been involved with music as a vocation for over 35 years. Besides being a popular performer and instructor at various dulcimer festivals around the country, Larry has also served as a Church Music Director for several Baptist churches. He has also been involved with the Tennesse Arts Commission's Arts in Education program and the Kentucky Arts Council's Teacher Incentive Program, presenting dulcimer programs in the public schools.

In 1995, Larry won the Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. In 1996, he teamed with Jim Curley of Kansas City to win the Southern Regional Dulcimer Ensemble Championship at the Folk Center. In 1998, Larry won the prestigious National Mountain Dulcimer Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

Enjoy Larry's video , as he tells how evolved from a dulcimer builder to a dulcimer player. and explains his approach teaching a person to play an instrument.

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The first song Larry is teaching for us is Cluck Ole Hen, on mountain dulcimer in the key of A minor with a D-A-d tuning. "Cluck Ole Hen" is a well-known tune, that has also been known as "Chick in the Barnyard", "Cluckin' Hen", and "Old Hen Cackle." The tune includes a series of playful verses that vary from version to version. It is played throughout the Appalachian South and at jam sessions, and is especially popular with fiddle and banjo players - because of the "clucking" sound feature. Larry makes learning the clucking sound a lot of fun.

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