Joellen Lapidus




Joellen Lapidus is an innovative pioneer of contemporary Fretted Dulcimer playing, songwriting, building and musical instrument inlay. She is the author of "Lapidus on Dulcimer" and the updated 2nd edition. She blends diverse musical styles to give the dulcimer a new range of rhythmic, melodic, and tuning possibilities. Joellen teaches fretted dulcimer at McCabes Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Joellen also runs the Los Angeles Mountain Urban Dulcimer Club, which currently meets monthly on Zoom, plays dulcimer and accordion with her trio, “The Urban Gypsies’” and her new Klezmer band, “Schmaltz”. Joellen builds stunning ‘one of a kind’ dulcimers in her workshop. Her latest CD is “Dulcimer Music for the Pelican Ballet.”


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