Ruth's many years of classical training give her a special touch, and she is recognized for her delicate, expressive style. Ruth is known for bringing the softer side of the hammered dulcimer to life.
“Ruth Smith's touch on the hammered dulcimer is absolutely magical, with exquisite phrasing, highlighting the range of the instrument, especially on her own pieces.”
- Dirty Linen World & Folk Music Magazine
"Ruth is very sensitive to the nuances of the music, allowing each tune to breathe.” She employs hands-on teaching techniques which place special emphasis on playing expressively."
- Dulcimer Players News
Guitar, Banjo & Ukulele Workshops
With over 50 years experience as a fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, Steve is noted for his rich guitar chords, leading patterns, and embellishments which compliment acoustic lead instruments.
Steve teaches various levels of clawhammer banjo and ukulele workshops.
He also teaches Song-writing, Recording, Publishing & Performance Workshops
Steve is an ASCAP Award winning songwriter and previously worked in the recording industry in Nashville, Los Angeles, and Hawaii. He taught recording/audio production for nearly 20 years at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Steve & Ruth produce and engineer all of their CDs.
Steve also teaches workshops on music publishing, copyrights, licensing, and performance and has been a professional musician for more than five decades.
ALSO! A very popular joint workshop with Steve and Ruth:
Duet Playing - Hammered Dulcimer and Guitar
Learn to play with a partner. In the first half of this workshop, the hammered dulcimer players learn a tune while the guitar players learn the backup part to this tune in a separate concurrent session. In the second half of the workshop, the hammered dulcimer and guitar players join together to play the tune, focusing on techniques to help the instruments complement one another and making the results more musical by use of dynamics and expression. (Intermediate/Advanced)