The Complete Guide to Chord Theory and Mapping for the Hammered Dulcimer - LIVE

LEVEL: All levels!!! 

The LIVE slots in this course are sold out! 

You can still join those lucky 100 folks by signing up for online access to all of the course materials on demand.

While the opportunity to watch the sessions live is past, you will still receive the replay videos (uploaded the same day), homework, and email reminders, as well as access to our discussion group to ask questions throughout the year. As questions arise, Mary Lynn may do a quick extra video to explain something, all of which will be permanently available in HD Homeland to everyone who signs up.

This course will be an invaluable companion to the book, and one that you can go back and reference whenever a question occurs.

All Dorothy wanted was to get back home. Instead, she found herself confronted by all manner of strange and scary stuff as she proceeded through Oz. 

What if she had brought a map along or hired a guide to help her on the journey? She would have made it through Oz and home to Kansas a lot quicker, although the story might have been a little less exciting.

You've already bought a map: The Complete Guide to Chord Theory and Mapping for the Hammered Dulcimer by Ken Kolodner and Mary Lynn Michal (or - please check out the book to see what it covers and buy it here - NOTE: the latest edition published in October 2020 is a prerequisite for this course). You'll need it to study and follow along during the year.

If you own an earlier edition of the book, you will not be able to follow along. The new edition includes approximately 40 additional pages and revised content on nearly every page.

Even with the map/book in hand, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. Each page is filled with new concepts. As Ken says, it's not a beach read. You really need to study and focus on each concept and understand how to apply it to the dulcimer and to the tunes you play. 

In this course, Mary Lynn Michal will guide you through the entire Chord Theory book from cover to cover: explaining concepts, demonstrating them on the dulcimer, suggesting exercises, and answering your questions. We've even got a private discussion board set up so that we can continue the conversation beyond the 1/2 hour.

Which one of these is you?

• A beginning player who would like to learn some music theory—explained especially for the hammered dulcimer in bite-sized portions so that you can build a great foundation for your playing.

• A more advanced player who memorizes tunes and enjoys playing them, but you know in the back of your mind that your playing would improve if you get a better handle on some of the theory.

• An advanced player who already knows a lot about music theory, but you also know you haven't had the time to really study it methodically and apply it to your playing of the hammered dulcimer.

What a difference it would make to your playing if you had a professional guide to walk you through topics such as: organization of the hammered dulcimer and shortcuts for learning the notes, intervals, Circle of Fifths, scales, duplicate notes, scale exercises, the Rule of Nine, triads, root arpeggio, inversion, and three note chord patterns, harmonizing a major scale, 7th chord theory and all forms of 7th chords, secondary dominants, chord progressions, relative and parallel majors/minors, slash chords, suspensions, augmented chords, modes, backup strategies....

FORMAT: 1/2 hour sessions live on Sundays at 3PM Eastern. Slots in the live class are full, but the class is still available on demand. The first session was January 3. We'll spend 40 Sundays through 2021 and digest the book in small bites. 

All sessions and exercises will be recorded so that you can watch it any time, you can catch up, and of course revisit a concept whenever needed. All for our special introductory price of only $5 per session.

Because we want everyone to join us, we've extended our introductory pricing until at least Groundhog Day, Feb 2!


• Thorough explanation of a concept

• Practice exercises and assignments

• Tune examples where applicable

In HD Homeland:

• Sessions available to revisit and replay anytime (lifetime access)

• a private discussion board to ask us questions, discuss with other students, etc.

• Discount coupons for other selected classes and products in HD Homeland

BONUS: no wicked witches or flying monkeys!


Choose between a monthly plan or a one time payment

One time payment: $200 ($5 per session) *increases to $6 per session on Jan 20

Monthly payment plan: $20 per month for 12 months

DATES in 2021 (subject to change, the replay will be available the next day):

Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Feb 14, 21, 28

Mar 7, 14, 21

Apr 18, 25 

May 9, 16, 23, 30

Jun 6, 13

Jul 4, 11, 18, 25

Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Sep 5, 12

Oct 24, 31

Nov 7, 14, 21, 28

Dec 5, 12

Jan 2, 2022 - 1 hour grand finale 3-4

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