[originally posted in September 2007 on www.Memphis-Dulcimer.com, copied and reposted here with corrected formatting on 4/11/2009]
On September 16, 2007, Steve conducted three workshops and a house concert in my home. It was an honor to host this one day event for my friend — talented, energetic, musician/dulcimer enthusiast.
It was just a matter of pushing the couch back against the wall, setting up the folding chairs, and greeting folks at the door. Steve took care of everything else to make sure he gave the participants the instruction they needed and the friendship and entertainment they desired.
Steve is a true giver. As a teacher, he shares all his secrets. It seems he holds nothing back! Of course, it’s up to us, his students, to practice what he preaches…which only will take a few years, I’m hoping, to get to the performance level to which his instruction will lead.
He arrived Sunday at noon, driving in from Nashville. I opened the door, he walked in with his dulcimer and tab, went to the middle of my living room, sat down and began his first workshop checking the tuning of each dulcimer in the class. From that point on, he conducted the workshops at a pace that met the needs of each participant. Steve is a gifted teacher who has the ability to modify and adjust instruction as needed. I personally appreciate that, as I find myself lost in the tab at times. I learn most from teachers who are observant and can identify the “I’m lost” vibes from the room. Steve not only has that ability, but he acts on his insight, making sure everyone is confident and courageous to continue learning.
During the house concert, Steve interacted with the audience in a warm and friendly manner. He led casual discussion about the builders of the mountain dulcimers he played. He was very complimentary of our club president/luthier, Bob Magowan…for good reason, too. Bob’s chromatic dulcimer sounded out to perfection as Steve strummed, hammered, flatpicked, and slid up and down the fretboard.
Steve knows just what to do to intrigue and entertain.
When I hosted house concerts in the past, many people in the audience were dulcimer players themselves. The audience in my home during Steve’s concert consisted mostly of non-players/not musicians…and several had never before heard or seen a mountain dulcimer. It was a privilege to observe my guests as they learned about this beautiful folk instrument. Actually, it was not just a privilege….it was really fun to see the faces of people learning something new.
The feedback from the folks who were discovering the mountain dulcimer for the first time via Stephen Seifert’s house concert was very positive. They enjoyed Steve’s flexibility during the concert…playing songs by request and answering questions about the mountain dulcimer.
As his house concert host, I want to thank Steve for making the evening so wonderful, and I would like to encourage others to invite Stephen Seifert to do the same in your home. You will be rewarded with music AND friendship as you offer this gift of opportunity to others…..and you’ll be helping a fabulous, full-time, mountain dulcimer playin’ musician pay the bills.