This site is hosted by Sally S. Smith, a
mountain dulcimer teacher in the Portland area.  
What is this DULCIMER? 
The lap (or mountain) dulcimer is, most simply,  a three-stringed instrument, held on the lap and strummed!  The dulcimer's simple fret board (usually tuned to an open "D" chord) and easy-to-read tablature enables even the MOST novice player to quickly make lovely music. And the more dulcimers together, the better, so groups form easily and the camaraderie blossoms!

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Welcome to  
Pickers Porch 
 Mountain Dulcimer Site from Clackamas County, Oregon.

UpRiver Dulcimer Group &  Three Rivers Dulcimer Society at the Maryhill Museum.  Great Fun!
 UpRiver Dulcimer Band CD Participants! 
If you are interested in playing the Mountain Dulcimer and live in the Portland, Oregon, area, we need to meet YOU! 

There are several groups in the area -  Sandy, Estacada, and Canby!  And classes offered in Portland and around Clackamas County for folks who are interested in learning  to play this fun instrument.

For more information, call Sally Smith at 503.824.2520 or email her at

Sally also teaches ukulele - so check out the uke page for information on lessons.
Do you need some friends to play with? There are four clubs in the Portland area. Join us! 

The UpRiver Dulcimers Club meets the 3rd Monday evening in Estacada at the Spiral Gallery, Broadway, 6:30 - 8pm.

The Canby Dulcimer Club meets at the Zoar Lutheran Church, 190 SW 3rd Street, in Canby, OR on the 2nd and 4th Monday evenings, 7 p.m.  Email Paula at  for more info.

Mt. Hood Club- Every Thursday morning in Sandy at the Bunsen Brewers across from Fred Myers.   For more info, contact Linda Carlton at 503-668-1390.

Email Sally for more info

The UpRiver Dulcimers Group 
 at Sandy Museum
Mother's Day - Philip Foster Farm, Oregon Trail Site
Oregon State Fair 2009, Salem