Joellen Lapidus: Home
Welcome to Joellen Lapidus' website!
THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT IS:I am building dulcimers and doing custom inlay again.
2nd BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Check out this just released video clip from the mountain dulcimer documentary: "Hearts of the Dulcimer" by Patricia Delich and Wayne Jiang:
By now I have completed THE PELICAN DULCIMER. To see pictures of The Pelican Dulcimer, click on PHOTOS.
I'm working on 2 more and am excited to be doing inlay and building again. I've been collaborating with Rick Probst, who made an incredible paduak dulcimer for me that I had the pleasure of inlaying with a beautiful design of the first fuscias that bloomed on my porch here in Los Angeles. Rick also just completed a nylon string dulcimer with a special arm cutaway for Aaron O'Rourke. I contributed a whimsical celestial inlay on the peghead. Pictures in the photo section.
LAPIDUS ON DULCIMER 2 HAS NOW BEEN IN PRINT FOR OVER TWO YEARS. LAPIDUS ON DULCIMER 2 provides a comprehensive step by step guide to learning the dulcimer for the absolute beginner to the most advanced player. Featuring all new tablature with easy to read fret numbers, rhythms and lyrics; all 7 traditional modal tunings, wild and crazy tunings and 3 jazz tunings, over 40 complete songs including traditional Appalachian tunes as well as contemporary tunes. The book contains the dulcimer tablature for all 4 Joni Mitchell dulcimer tunes, 2 Richard Farina tunes, tunes by Bob Dylan, Wendy Waldman, Laura Allan and the authors own originals. If you love rhythm, this book will teach you beginning and advanced rhythms, fancy stuff like hammering-on, pulling off, lifts, harmonics, slides and many more ways to fancy up your playing. LAPIDUS ON DULCIMER 2 also contains a self study program to teach you dulcimer music theory and how to translate regular music into dulcimer notation. If that wasn't enough, the book comes with a CD of over 40 minutes of recorded instruction, giving examples of every strum, pick,tuning and song. LAPIDUS ON DULCIMER 2: $40 + $4.00 shipping and handling, sales tax $3.90, only in California. Click on the PURCHASE page to purchase or use this easy safe PAYPAL shopping cart.
Also here on the Lapidus Music website, you can listen to down home old time mountain dulcimer music here as well as modern west coast urban dulcimer tunes composed by myself and others. Or... you can try out a whole different sound and hear Eastern European Jewish Wedding Dance Music (called Klezmer Music) performed by my band, EXTREME KLEZMER MAKEOVER. You can also see photos of the instruments I've built and learn when I'm giving dulcimer and klezmer workshops and when I'm performing solo or with the band. Take your time and enjoy the music and the photos! Joellen Lapidus JOELLEN LAPIDUS LIVE IN CONCERT CD To hear CD click on MUSIC
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THE LOS ANGELES MOUNTAIN/URBAN DULCIMER CLUB
Get together with other players and learn new tunes, techniques and have a great time playing with other dulcimers.
THE NEXT CLUB MEETING IS ON SUNDAY, December 8th at MCCABES GUITAR SHOP: 3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405 (west of the 405 FWY and west of Bundy)
1-1:30PM I do a special beginners session which costs $15. You must sign up for the beginners class ahead of time.
The regular club meeting goes from 1:30 to 3PM. The cost is $30.
For the regular club meeting you can either sign up ahead of time and get the music or just drop in. Call Joellen for more info: 310-474-1123 or Call McCabes to sign up: 310-828-4497
Private lessons available as well.
WANT TO RECEIVE NOTICES OF FUTURE CONCERTS AND WORKSHOPS? SIGN IN ON THE GUESTBOOK! UPCOMING DULCIMER AND EXTREME KLEZMER MAKEOVER CONCERTS