Aaron O’Rourke

Aaron O'RourkeAaron began teaching and performing on mountain dulcimer at the age of 16. In a short period of time, Aaron became one of the headlining names at many dulcimer festivals across the country. To date, Aaron has authored 20 instructional books for mountain dulcimer.

In 2010, Aaron won the National Mountain Dulcimer Competition held at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Aaron is also a past winner in the Florida Old-time music competition held in Dade City, Florida and the Southeastern Regional Dulcimer Contest in Mountain View, Arkansas.

As a backup and studio musician, Aaron has performed and recorded in a number of different settings featuring the mountain dulcimer in improvisational jazz, classical, old-time, bluegrass, Celtic, latin, and progressive rock.

Aaron is also a regular teacher and performer on banjammer (a hybrid of the dulcimer and banjo). He helps host and produce The Annual Banjammer Gathering which features workshops and performances exclusively on the banjammer.



Two Fingerpicking Workshops!  Nov/Int and up
Two workshops, focused on fingerpicking, but emphasizing different aspects of fingerpicking:

  • FULL The Power of Pawhammer – It’s a lot like clawhammer on the banjo, but easier and applied to the mountain dulcimer. In this class, we’ll break down the technique and apply it to a couple of tunes that are common in the dulcimer repertoire.
  • FULL Travis-style Fingerpicking for Mountain Dulcimer – Don’t know what Travis-style fingerpicking is? You’ve probably heard it many times before without realizing. It’s a style of playing which involves playing alternating bass notes while playing a melody at the same time. If you didn’t know any better, you might hear it and think you’re listening to two separate musicians playing a duet. Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, and countless other fingerstyle guitar players use this technique as the foundation of their sound. In this class, we’re going to take this technique and apply it to the mountain dulcimer with a few simple exercises and eventually a fun arrangement of a common dulcimer tune. Bring your dulcimer tuned DAd and a willingness to learn a new fingerpicking technique.