Deborah Hamouris

Moving DAD Tab to AEA Tab for Baritone Dulcimer

“Good King Wenceslas” and “The Cherry Tree Carol” both lie beautifully on the middle string of the standard dulcimer, tuned DAD. Each of these arrangements also has a harmony to add at will. Simple enough to learn by the holidays! DAD tuning

"The Water is Wide" - An Exercise in Fingerpicking

No picks needed when you use your fingers to do the plucking! Exercises to gain facility with picking individual strings, a variety of picking patterns, and methods for streamlining the process are introduced. After a bit of practice the techniques are applied to this beautiful and familiar folk song. DAD tuning.

DJ Hamouris is a composer, teacher, recording artist, and community music organizer. She teaches mountain dulcimer at The Freight in Berkeley, CA, and in her east bay home. DJ founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering in 2013, produced the first online dulcimer festival in 2020, and co-founded the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra in 2014 with Steve Eulberg. Since March 2020 she has participated in over a dozen global virtual dulcimer festivals, and produced Dulcimoon – a women-led virtual dulcimer festival in 2023. Musically versatile, she performs with her husband, Buffalo, as The DulciMates. DJ has produced 6 recordings and "Indian Summer," a book of her music and original arrangements for mountain dulcimer. The “Baritone Folio”, compositions and arrangements for baritone dulcimer, will be released in Spring, 2023. Learn more about DJ’s recordings, books, and online classes at