Lorinda Jones

Student favorite
Mountain Dulcimer, Harp, Penny Whistle, Irish Tin Whistle, John C. Campbell Folk School, Tin Whistle
5.0
(4 reviews)
50+ lessons booked on Lessonface

Lesson Fees
from $30.00 / 30 Minutes

About

I have been a music educator for more than four decades, teaching all levels from cradle to “almost grave!” My primary teaching on Lessonface is the mountain dulcimer and lever (Celtic style) harp.  Since I participate in traditional music playing on both instruments I like to teach by ear but can provide music since I am a classical musician by trade.  If you aren’t experienced in playing by ear, you may want to check out my “Play By Ear” course that leads you step by step into this type of instruction.  Look for live group classes, self-directed courses and of individual lessons. I am still active in local organizations and traveling with my Irish trio and festivals across the country, so you will need to contact me for a lesson slot as my schedule varies.  I enjoy helping new players on their journey but also like to challenge more experienced players as well, so I hope I can work with you sometime in a group or individual setting.
 
Website

https://lorindajones.com/

Group Classes on Lessonface

Click the link below to view Lorinda's upcoming group classes on Lessonface.

https://lessonface.com/lorindamusic

 

I can teach the basics up to intermediate level of playing the lever style harp, and can teach by ear or by note, depending on the student preference, but prefers to teach some of both for a well-rounded experience.


Traditional Playing of the Mountain Dulcimer-DAA Tuning and Playing With the Noter by Lorinda Jones

Self-Directed Course

In addition to the private lessons and classes that can be booked from this page, Lorinda Jones also offers a self-directed course titled Traditional Playing of the Mountain Dulcimer-DAA Tuning and Playing With the Noter. Learn more and get access here.


Reviews from Group Classes


Nell R. on June 8, 2023
Class: Across the Rivers and Ponds

Wonderful!



Beverly S. on May 26, 2023
Class: Across the Rivers and Ponds

Great. Lorinda is an excellent instructor.



Barbara L. on May 26, 2023
Class: Across the Rivers and Ponds

Lorinda is a fine, lovely, and organized teacher. As a pretty neophyte mountain dulcimer player, I was probably in over my head some of the time, but I learned a lot and appreciated getting the tab at the end of every module. I must admit I didn't practice as much as I might have, but in reality I live in a part of the country where there aren't readily available jam sessions, so I can be quite contented with playing on my own from Tab. I'd probably take another class with Lorinda though even if it was oriented toward Playing by Ear because I like most of the music she chooses. It was helpful for me to appreciate the value of singing a tune. Those with words were easier, but even humming a fiddle tune was helpful. That said, it was much easier for me to learn familiar tunes and pick up how to play them by ear than things completely unfamiliar. But hey, you need to learn new things, right?!Some issues I had were with the quality of the internet signal. Often I couldn't see a link between the visual and what I heard because they weren't in sync. Additionally, it would have been helpful for me, given my level of skill, if things had sometimes gone a little more slowly.



Paul K. on May 25, 2023
Class: Across the Rivers and Ponds

We just loved it. Lorinda has a pleasant way of teaching; always encouraging. I personally liked it because she took her time to approach each song slowly and didn't rush it. We play it till we know it. Even though the process is paced, we still managed to get a ton of songs over the course of the sessions. Thank you, Lorinda.



Teresa on May 25, 2023
Class: Across the Rivers and Ponds

I've enjoyed the class. Lorinda is a great instructor!



Martha C. on May 11, 2023
Class: Across the Rivers and Ponds

excellent! Lorinda is always eager to help students learn……and has developed many skills to demonstrate that! She adapts to tech “glitches” and offers practical solutions! A++



Beverly S. on April 25, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 2"

Great instruction-learned a lot. Highly recommend these classes.



Martha C. on April 21, 2023
Class: Introduction to Playing the Irish Harp

Delightful, smooth and generous with beginner exercises that turned into learning a lovely tune!



Donna on April 19, 2023
Class: Introduction to Playing the Irish Harp

Very fun. Learned a lot.


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Jane B. on April 19, 2023
Class: Introduction to Playing the Irish Harp

Very enjoyable and relaxed. Nice pace. Lots of info.



Barbara L. on April 19, 2023
Class: Introduction to Playing the Irish Harp

Clear, practical instruction in the fundamentals of harp playing. For this complete beginner it was an empowering introduction.



Judith E. on April 19, 2023
Class: Introduction to Playing the Irish Harp

Fun and engaging.



Patricia M. on April 19, 2023
Class: Introduction to Playing the Irish Harp

Some very good ideas. Thank you for technique reminders



Donna S. on April 19, 2023
Class: Introduction to Playing the Irish Harp

Learned so much and had fun.



Nancy L. on April 19, 2023
Class: Introduction to Playing the Irish Harp

Soooo good!



Linda F. on April 19, 2023
Class: Introduction to Playing the Irish Harp

Lorinda always provides a wonderful class. This time for her introduction, she chose the perfect tune to practice the skills taught, and with such musicality.



Verified Student on April 19, 2023
Class: Introduction to Playing the Irish Harp

The class was good but moving through the song itself went a little too quickly to grasp all the notes. It would be very helpful if the camera was overhead so we could transfer the hand positions to our own thus learning correct placement.



Laura R. on April 16, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 2"

Excellent. Lorinda’s techniques have boosted my confidence and enjoyment playing the mountain dulcimer. I’m looking forward to learning more from her.



Debra H. on April 14, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 2"

Lorinda always put forth easy to follow instructions. This was a playing by ear class and she approaches it from multiple ways to help all learning styles.


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Verified Student on April 13, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 2"

Excellent!



Verified Student on April 13, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 2"

Fantastic!



John H. on April 13, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 2"

GREAT!!



Verified Student on April 13, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 2"

Lorinda is a wonderful instructor. I've learned so much from her classes As a beginner MD player I'm very pleased with my progress from Lorinda's classes. I am over-joyed that I have learned to play the MD and a huge plus to play by ear. I hope Lorinda will continue with LF classes going forward.



Teresa on April 13, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 2"

This is the third set of classes, 12 classes total so far. I have enjoyed each class and learning so much. Lorinda is a great instructor! I'm positive the next set of classes will be great also.



Verified Student on April 13, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 2"

challening but very doable



Dan C. on March 17, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

Excellent! I'm try (and doing) new things that I had convinced myself I couldn't do. And I'm having fun doing it. Thank you, Lorinda. You are motivational and your ability to teach this material to us mere mortals is impressive. Beyond that, your love of music and personal mission to share it shines through.



Dan C. on March 15, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"


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Ann S. on March 14, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

Some theory was taught, which made sense to me along with tunes being taught.



Verified Student on March 11, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"



P. on March 11, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

Fantastic! I never thought that I would learn and practice the skills of playing by ear, but I not afraid now to try and after a couple of times I'm able to get a song; saving me from having to buy more lead sheets. :>)


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Verified Student on March 10, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

It really boosted my confidence. Lorinda is an excellent teacher.



Verified Student on March 10, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

Great!!


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Verified Student on March 9, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

Wonderful series!



John H. on March 9, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

Great class, very helpful, the songs were broken down in parts to make the learning easier.



Verified Student on March 9, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"



Debra H. on March 9, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

Lorinda is a wonderful teacher and is always helpful and encouraging. She has approached teaching, learning to play by ear, in so many ways to help you find a pathway that works for you! I would definitely recommend this class.



Verified Student on March 9, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

Great!



Maureen V. on March 3, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

Lorinda was great. I was not as ready for the speed of teaching and all the songs became overwhelming. I was slower to figure out and never sure I had it right. Part 1 could have been 2 parts. Part 2 had me still working in Part 1 basics and was helpful with less songs but also more to learn. Moving beyond Melody line overwhelmed me and adding chords was not hard if I had the notes figured out. I have learned basics but it has taken a lot of time every week on my own and never got it all. It was my problem as not ready to tackle this in such a speedy way. I will continue to teach myself from the classes and songs. Glad they are available.



Nancy D. on March 2, 2023
Class: "Conquering The Jam, Level 1"

Wonderful! Love Lorinda’s teaching style.


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Ginny S. on February 7, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Great class! Because I’ve been playing since 1994 I knew many of the tunes that Lorinda taught, and figured them out on the fretboard easily. So, I didn’t practice as I should have. BUT taking the class increased my confidence in playing by ear, and picking out tunes. During QuaranTune9 I actually used some of Lorinda’s hints to learn tunes unfamiliar to me. Glad I took this class!



T. B. on February 4, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Great Class! Looking forward to continuing with the next level


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Verified Student on February 3, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Very helpful. As advertised, I was able to learn all the tunes without having the tab in front of me. Lorinda even added an extra class so we could play what we learned together. I consider this class money well spent.



CSelf on February 3, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Wonderful class! I'm finally understanding how to play by ear.



Paul K. on February 3, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Fantastic! I never was able to play by ear with any confidence. Now after only 4-5 sessions with Lorinda, I am able to consistently (not perfectly :>) ) play over a dozen songs by ear! Amazing! Thank you Lorinda. I am looking forward to taking the next set of sessions with her to enhance my knowledge and abilities.



Verified Student on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

The class was great and helped me a lot!



Verified Student on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Great!!


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Verified Student on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Excellent- Lorinda was superb as usual



Laura R. on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

In just a few weeks I’ve become more comfortable playing my md than in the four years I’ve owned it. And I’ve been able to transfer the concepts to my flute and ukulele playing.



Tim B. on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Excellent, great follow up by teacher, and the online format and documentation much better than other programs.



Dan C. on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

I wish I had been introduced to this method of learning music earlier. It would have helped me enjoy the process a lot more. I believe that it’s important to have a firm grasp of the basics, for whatever you hope to accomplish. Learning to listen is about as basic as you can get. Then playing it over and over and over finally gets it trough my thick skull. Lorinda is a generous instructor both with patience and material. She has gone many extra miles to make the numerous videos and audio recordings of the tunes we worked on. I am looking forward to going back to reusing them as I continue to develop my skills. Finally, but perhaps most importantly, my wife tells me I seem to be having fun. Thank you, Lorinda. — Dan Collier



Rebecca W. on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Wonderful class. I learned so much from a very good teacher. Lorinda is very patient and thorough.



Debra H. on February 2, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

It was a wonderful class and Lorinda wants everyone to succeed and approaches teaching playing by ear with several methods to help you master the class. I've learned so much about music and embellishments too!



John J. on January 26, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear



Verified Student on January 25, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Wonderful and well-paced. Lorinda is an amazing musician and teacher!



Debra H. on January 18, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

I have been enjoying the first session of Playing by ear so much. Since, I do not have a musical background and only speak "dulcimerese" it is opening up a new world in my playing and how I hear and relate my dulcimer notes to the song. It has and will be so helpful in my dulcimer playing!



Dan C. on January 11, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Excellent class. The teacher is very experienced and knowledgeable. She does a very good job explaining and demonstrating the material. The supplementary materials and videos are greatly appreciated.



Debra H. on January 9, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear

Wonderful and learned so much! I really appreciate the guidance and steps to learn to play by ear.



Caroline S. on January 5, 2023
Class: From Paper To Ear



Linda B. on May 15, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 1

The From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam, Level 1, was so beneficial to me. I've taken 'playing by ear' classes from different instructors before, but didn't make much progress. The tunes that Lorinda guided us through were easy enough to make progress, and gave me confidence that I could do this. While working on homework, I found that I was discovering how to play other songs just by playing around on the fretboard. Amazing discovery! Also, the biweekly (skip a week) formula really gave me time to learn one thing before moving on. Lorinda's welcoming, enthusiastic teaching method is encouraging, and moves along at a pace that everyone kept up. Can I give it 20 stars?



Martha C. on May 5, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2

Very good experience……..for learning to play without the printed paper!



Verified Student on May 2, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: A Traditional Approach to Learning the Mountain Dulcimer

I think I already sent a review, but will repeat: very good preparation (audio music sent ahead, in steps, so got stimulated to listen to the tune. repeatedly before actually seeing the printed music. Lorinda always comes well prepared, but is flexible for questions, adjustments, etc. She is an excellent teacher, and slips in theory along the way, so it can be incorporated easily.


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Verified Student on April 30, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 1

I enrolled in a class level that turned out to be too easy for me, so less enjoyable than expected. My own fault, not Lorinda’s. She is an awesome teacher!



Verified Student on April 30, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2

I always enjoy Lorinda Jones’ classes; she is well prepared, offers interesting musical pieces, “injects” additional music theory items into her program, and is very good humored as well!



Wes S. on April 29, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2

Excellent. Instructor preparation made the class. Like all such courses the foundation was laid. Making the songs ones you can play will be up to the students follow on effort.



Verified Student on April 29, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2

Great!



Verified Student on April 29, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2

This is my fourth class with Lorinda Jones. She is excellent. She is Professional, very well prepared, and provided a mountain of material for the students. Feedback is individual, and she seems genuinely interested in her students. Three Cheers!!



Martha C. on April 29, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2

Since I have been familiar with Lorinda’s teaching style from other classes, I was really looking forward to “more of the same”. This method of ear training is new to me and she took us through such a remarkable process of learning! She prepared us ahead with audio “priming” and then in the class, step by step for the tunes. A like her technique of casually mentioning chords during the process :) so that one comes away not only with the tune by rote, but with an entirely new “chunk” of knowledge. I am looking forward to the “jam” at the last session.



Verified Student on April 29, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2

New songs, New Ideas, Encouraging and helpful teacher.



Verified Student on April 29, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 2


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Nancy G. on April 23, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 1

Lorinda's class helped me realize how important it is to listen to the music 1,000 times to help the brain know the tune. All that listening helps one realize they might have the wrong fret. Some tunes were new to m e and I could use the section learning a little slower so my cognitive brain could absorb more. Maybe a longer pause between the sections. This class is well worth the effort and time.



Wes S. on April 23, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 1

Excellent. Instructor prep was superb. Pace was balanced for most students. Those like me who learn more slowly have access to all the instruction fo 6 months so if we have sufficient time to learn anything that was too fast for us in class.



Verified Student on April 23, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: Conquering the Jam - Level 1

Excellent. Very helpful. Kindly, gentle, and capable, instruction. Thank you.



Lou on February 20, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: A Traditional Approach to Learning the Mountain Dulcimer

Wonderful, I enjoyed the class and learned a lot of new songs.



Verified Student on February 20, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: A Traditional Approach to Learning the Mountain Dulcimer

It was great. Great opportunity to learn.



Verified Student on February 17, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: A Traditional Approach to Learning the Mountain Dulcimer

Terrific. Lorinda is a joy! Can’t wait for the next.



Donna M. on February 17, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: A Traditional Approach to Learning the Mountain Dulcimer



Nancy D. on February 17, 2022
Class: From Paper to Ear: A Traditional Approach to Learning the Mountain Dulcimer

Lorinda is a very knowledgeable and patient instructor. She teaches from personal experience, and is adept at conducting a class which contains students of different levels of background and ability. She is very responsive to questions and student input. I would highly recommend this class for novice dulcimer players, for people with little formal music background, and for advanced students who know way too much about music and are hopelessly "paper trained".


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Kathy B. on April 1, 2021
Class: Continuing Harp: Stories and Songs of Turlough O’Carolan

Lorinda taught a great class. We learned and enjoyed alot. My only slight disappointment was the Lessonface. It wasn't as easy to find the materials as I expected it to be.

Music Educator in all levels from preschool through college.

Board-Certified Music Therapist working with a variety of populations

Performing Artist on Tour with the Kentucky Arts Council

Member of all female Irish trio, Na Skylark

Director of Heartland Harp Ensemble

Board Member of Heartland Dulcimer Club

Reviews of lessons with Lorinda Jones

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