Heidi Muller

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Location: Joseph, OR
Country: US

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sweetbriar Marc Mathieu Elvensong Maddie Myers Cat Brown Rock-wyre Julie Hopkins Annie Deeley Doug Berch Robert Worth Rick Probst Lexie R Oakley Carla Maxwell Martha E Patricia Delich Dusty Turtle Barbara-Lee Jordan Ken Longfield

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I'm a touring performer, workshop instructor, and singer/songwriter. I started out teaching myself guitar when I was eleven years old and took up mountain dulcimer in 1984, introduced largely by my friend Gail Finnie, who was learning from Lorraine Lee Hammond. I perform both solo and in a duo with my multi-instrumentalist partner Bob Webb, who was one of the original members of the Mountain Stage radio show house band. Though originally from New Jersey, I spent many years living in Seattle. Later I lived and taught children and adults in West Virginia, before finally moving back to the Northwest in 2012. Bob and I now live in Joseph, Oregon. Over the years, I've recorded 9 CDs, four of which are with Bob: Up Hurricane Creek, Dulcimer Moon, Light the Winter's Dark, and Seeing Things. I've also published a variety of dulcimer tab book & CD sets: Dulcimer Moon, West Virginia Fiddle Tunes, Dulcimer Duos, Fingerpicked Hymns, A Dulcimer Holiday, two volumes of Bill Staines songs (So Sang the River and Spirit Song) and two volumes of Waltzes.

I've always loved playing in the 4-equidistant style that I first learned, but I teach 3-string playing since that is the "common language" of dulcimer players. I like to jam on fiddle tunes and fingerpick pretty songs, as well as use the dulcimer for song accompaniment. I've been honored that my tune, "Leaving the Methow," appears on the Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer, Vol. II CD. Heidi & John Cerrigione also recorded my tune, "Winter's Turning," as the title cut of one of their CDs. I've taught at festivals around the country, including Kentucky Music Week, Melodies & Musings, Ohio Valley Gathering, Augusta Spring Dulcimer Week, Dulcimer Chautauqua on the Wabash, Gebhard Woods, Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering, Colorado Dulcimer Festival, S. California Dulcimer Heritage Harvest Festival, Gateway Dulcimer Festival, Ozark Folk Center, Northeast Dulcimer Symposium, and other eastern festivals from Vermont to Florida. Bob and I also organize the annual summer festival, Dulcimer Week in the Wallowas, held near Joseph, OR. For more information, please visit my website at http://www.heidimuller.com.

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Heidi Muller
@heidi-muller • 8 minutes ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Four-Equidistant Strings:
"Rachael, (1) what tuning are you playing in? (2) Are you allowing one string to drone when you do your chords, or do you like to press down all four strings..."
Heidi Muller
@heidi-muller • one week ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Jesse's Carol:
"Hey Dusty, thanks for your thoughts on the song, I appreciate it. We're doing fine, just finished a weekend of gigs and came home to 8" of snow. Hope you and..."
Heidi Muller
@heidi-muller • one week ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @sweetbriar:
"I'll let you know if I hear of players near Twin Falls! "
Heidi Muller
@heidi-muller • one week ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Jesse's Carol:
"Thanks, Kevin.  "
Heidi Muller
@heidi-muller • one week ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Jesse's Carol:
"Thank you, Steve."
Heidi Muller
@heidi-muller • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @sweetbriar:
"Hi Sweetbriar, nice to meet you here. I see you're in Idaho. We're playing in Moscow tonight at 7:30 at the 1912 Center! If you live nearby, that would be..."
Heidi Muller
@heidi-muller • 2 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Jesse's Carol:
"Thank you, Benjamin."
Heidi Muller
@heidi-muller • 2 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Jesse's Carol:
"Thanks, Robin! "
Heidi Muller
@heidi-muller • 2 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Jesse's Carol:
"Thank you, Ariane and Gordo."
Heidi Muller
@heidi-muller • 2 weeks ago • comments: 15
Posted a new Comment on Jesse's Carol:
"Thank you, Irene. That's a beautiful story about your dad and your family. Thanks for sharing it. Would that more parents would set that kind of example for..."
Heidi Muller
@heidi-muller • 2 weeks ago • comments: 15
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Jesse's Carol
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@heidi-muller • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0

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Heidi Muller

Tips to Learn 4-Eq. Strings


I'd like to open a new discussion of how people learn or teach 4-eq. so...
@Heidi Muller 8 years ago - Comments: 27
Heidi Muller

Is there a Northwest playing style?


Does anyone feel Northwest dulcimer playing has its own sound or...
@Heidi Muller 8 years ago - Comments: 4

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Jesse's Carol

Jesse's Carol


@Heidi Muller
2 weeks ago - Comments: 15
Hummingbird

Hummingbird


@Heidi Muller
8 months ago - Comments: 13
Cold Frosty Morning

Cold Frosty Morning


@Heidi Muller
6 years ago - Comments: 0
Long Winter's Night

Long Winter's Night


@Heidi Muller
6 years ago - Comments: 2
Snow Shoveler's Reel

Snow Shoveler's Reel


@Heidi Muller
6 years ago - Comments: 0
Battle Hymn of the Republic

Battle Hymn of the Republic


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8 years ago - Comments: 0
Wayfaring Stranger

Wayfaring Stranger


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8 years ago - Comments: 0
BACH'S OLD COAT

BACH'S OLD COAT


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8 years ago - Comments: 0
My Old Cat

My Old Cat


@Heidi Muller
8 years ago - Comments: 1

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sweetbriar
12/02/18 01:32:47PM @sweetbriar:

Hi Heidi, thank you for the invite! I am in the Twin Falls area which is far from Moscow but I hope you had a fun concert. I am just getting started with the dulcimer but hope to meet other players soon!

Angela :)


mike owens
11/30/14 04:51:01PM @mike-owens:

01/12/2014

Hewllo Heidi

Thank you so much for your very valuable thoughts and advice.

I will abandon the dulcimer with four equidistant strings and work on the other one for the time being.

Thanks again,

Regards and best wishes

Mike Owens


mike owens
11/27/14 04:42:23PM @mike-owens:

28/11/2014

Hello Heidi,

Thanks for your response, sorry about the confusion!!

The dulcimer I was gifted has 4 equidistant strings and is presently tuned DAAA.

The new one which has the 61/2 Fret is tuned DADD.

I have been using Madeleine MacNeills book/cd called "Dirt Simple Dulcimer", and I have been trying to play/learn songs from that book in DADD tuning. I have also been trying to learn/play songs from that book in DAAA tuning. The DADD tuning I find easier to play, but I struggle to deal with chords on both instruments.

The dulcimer with equidistant strings I find much harder to play.

I read the articles, and found most of it was understandable, though some technical aspects were much harder to follow. I think that is just lack of appreciation on my part of the technique of dulcimer playing. All of this is very new to me, and I have little musical background. I have taught myself to read music, though only at a basic level.

Does this help?

Thanks for your praise, I am probably at or around intermediate level on all the instruments.

Thanks for your help and understanding,

Mike Owens


mike owens
11/26/14 09:25:38PM @mike-owens:

27/11/2014

Hello Heidi,

I hope you don't mind me contacting you directly, but I need help, and thought you might be able to assist me.

A year or so ago, my brother-in-law gifted me what he thought was a mandolin, but turned out to be a dulcimer with four equidistant strings. So I set out to try and learn to play it. I bought books, cd's, dvd's etc, but really felt I was going nowhere fast!! One of the DVD's was by Kendra Ward, and I found I could play along with her (I abandoned the noter, but realised I was playing on one melody string only. The dulcimer was tuned DAAA, and still is.

I couldn't get my head around playing chords or doing much else with it. The nearest dulcimer player to me lives two hours drive away, and the nearest teacher is twice that far away. I subsequently bought a new dulcimer with 61/2 fret. I use the learning materials I have, but there is no substitute for personal contact, and experience in teaching an instrument, none of which I can get from a cd or dvd.

I am 67 years of age, and in the last seven years have taught myself to play the following instruments: 6 & 12 string guitar, 4& 5 string banjo; dobro, mandolin, mandola, and now dulcimer. I also play harmonica, tin whistle and sing. I don't say this to boast, and I am not brilliant at any of the instruments I have listed.

I love the sound of the dulcimer, I'd never heard or held one before the first one arrived on my doorstep.

What I want to know is, where do I go from here, with the 4 equidistant stringed dulcimer? Can you give me any advice, tips etc. I realise you must have a very busy life, but any time you could spare me would be greatly appreciated. Alternatively, you may know of someone else who could help me if you are unable to do so.

I didn't mention it before, I live in Australia, I'm from the "land downunder".

Thank you so much for your assistance, and for taking the time to read this.

I am a member of FOTMD but I feel a little overwhelmed by the size of the site, and of talking to strangers on it. and how best to learn from it. I play my instruments every day, six days a week. The second dulcimer is tuned DADD so I alternate between the two of them on a daily basis.

Regards and best wishes,

Mike Owens

email: michaelowens5&bigpond.com.au


Stephanie Stuckwisch
10/30/12 11:45:13PM @stephanie-stuckwisch:

Honestly, it didn't occur to me to check Dusty Strings. Is it better if I buy it there?


Stephanie Stuckwisch
10/28/12 01:29:02AM @stephanie-stuckwisch:

Heidi,

I've signed up for one of your workshops at Dusty Strings next month. Could you bring a copy of "So Sang the River" so that I can buy it?

Stephanie Stuckwisch


BethH
01/24/12 05:13:19PM @beth-hansen-buth:

Hi Heidi! I love the songs you've added, you have a beautiful singing voice, and I just adore "Long Winter's Night". Have a lovely rest of the winter! Grin.gif


Robin Clark
01/17/12 08:16:37PM @robin-clark:

Hi Heidi,

I love the 3 tracks you have recently added to your profile. Frosty Morning has lovely rolling drones - really evocative! Many thanks for posting the tunes, they are all beautifully played.

Robin


Stephanie Stuckwisch
05/18/11 11:23:18AM @stephanie-stuckwisch:

Yes, I'm going to take a deep breath and go - I tend to get the jitters playing in front of anyone but Susan and my daughter.

If Susan has enough fliers, I'll be at her house the Thursday before Folklife starts. Otherwise, what's the easiest way for you to get the fliers to me?


Ken Longfield
05/16/11 01:19:30PM @ken-longfield:

Hi Heidi. Nic Hambas at Black Creek Strings makes bowed dulcimers. You can find the website at:http://www.hambasdulcimers.com/index.html

Hoepe this helps you out.

Ken


Julie M Elman
04/10/11 01:33:11AM @julie-m-elman:
Hi Heidi,I just NOW saw your comment asking me if I give dulcimer lessons. Yikes! So sorry I missed that. I guess it's been a while since I've been on here (still playing, though!). I do not give lessons, but there is someone in town who does. Her name is Liz Shaw, and she teaches out of the Music shop Blue Eagle (in Athens).Hope this helps!Julie
Sam
12/12/10 11:08:09PM @sam:

Your playing is certainly concert quality. Love it. I'm about 90 miles south of you in Summers Co. I'm 'hunkered down' for the snowstorm too. Wish you and yours a joyous holiday season.

Sam


Sue Simms
10/21/10 08:35:03PM @sue-simms:
The song Winters Turning is Beautiful Smile.gif
Sue Simms
10/21/10 08:29:45PM @sue-simms:
Hoping to get to Bardstown Ky come Jan.2011
Sue Simms
10/20/10 09:05:45PM @sue-simms:
Heidi , Love your Shady Grove ! you play so well Smile.gif
Sue Simms
10/20/10 09:03:17PM @sue-simms:
Heidi, love your Wayfaring Stranger ! Beautiful voice
Dana R. McCall
09/20/10 10:48:00AM @dana-r-mccall:
Hello Heidi, How are you doing today? Hope your having a great one. Grin.gifGrin.gif
Tish Westman
08/14/10 11:51:12AM @tish-westman:
J.P. Fraley Gathering is September 8-11 at Carter Cave in Olive Grove, KY. Not really any teaching workshops but organized jams as best I can see on their website. There are MD's in several of the pictures. I am going for MD and Banjo jams.
Tish Westman
08/13/10 11:09:33PM @tish-westman:
Hi Heidi, Glad to hear you are home safe. Were you able to go to the Charleston Dulcimer Club Tuesday? I really wanted to see Joe Collins, but we were just wiped out from Clifftop. When you stay up jammin' until 5 am a couple of nights in a row something has to give. Mountain Stage was an awesome experience. I will tell you all about it when I see you next. Right place, right time kinda thing. Same old stuff, play, build, sell, play, build, sell. Love it all most of the time. We are going to the J.P. Fraley Festival in KY in September. Have you gone to this one?
Tish Westman
07/23/10 08:58:46PM @tish-westman:
Hi Heidi, We miss you here in West Virginia.......Will you be around to come up to the Appalachian String Band Festival? August 4-8. Hope to see you somewhere soon....