Laura Devine Burnett

Celtic Ballads - Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

Tunes include: “Maid of Coolmore,” “Down By the Sally Gardens” and “Farewell to Tarwathie.”
We will play these beautiful ballads with either simple chords or the melodic tab as written.
I will teach hammer-ons, pull-offs, and how to simplify a piece that may look daunting to a less experienced player.
Singing is always an "option" in my class; however you will enjoy these tunes all the more singing along.

Click the title of the following arrangement to download
|Farewell to Tarwathe

Laura will also lead the Song Circle for all levels to come and join in. There will be songs in Aeolian, and Mixolydian modes ready to go, and we open it up to anyone sharing, or leading a song with the group as well. This has always been a fun jam circle, in the midst of an excellent day of dulcimer playing!

Laura Devine Burnett has been playing dulcimer,  and singing for over 40 years. Her first teacher was Joellen Lapidus, at McCabes Guitar studio, in Santa Monica, Ca.  Joellen taught her to really have fun playing her dulcimer, and not to be afraid to try anything! Laura enjoys teaching, and passing it on to students, ranging in ages from 10yrs - 80+ !

She started attending Redwood Dulcimer Day back in the beginning, at “Boomers” property up in Bonny Doon, CA.  One year, she and her music partner, Jayme Kelly Curtis, were asked to hold a dulcimer jam circle ,in between classes at RDD. That began a fun tradition for students of all levels, and abilities, to try their hand at “jamming with others”.

Their band “DulcimerGirls” played together for 10 years, sharing their harmony vocals, playing in mixed modes, in many venues, and settings.
One of the favorites was at The American River Festival. After carrying instruments and camp chairs down a beautiful trail that followed the river, they came upon a clearing, and set up, and played a 45 minute set to all the folks that hiked the trail with them.  A perfect setting for the Mountain Dulcimer!

Her first influence was Joni Mitchell, playing  dulcimer, on the Blue album. Her favorite saying is:
“Play what you want to play” from Joni’s ”Miles of Aisles” 2 album live set.
Laura plays Capritaurus, and Folkroots  dulcimers.