Guitar and Dulcimer

Here’s some background on our faculty. Scroll down and you’ll find instructional videos from them.  Practice up for when we’re all together again in 2021! 

Roy-TackettRoy Tackett (Beginning Guitarfrom Letcher County is a guitarist and singer who’s taught many times at CCMMS as well as in Appalshop’s Pick & Bow afterschool music program.  Roy’s guitar playing has anchored several east Kentucky old time bands including the Trough Sloppers, Rich & the Po’ Folks and Ron Short & the Possom Playboys. His long running radio show, Possom Opry, on WMMT 88.7FM presents old time, traditional and folk music on Tuesday mornings.


 Karly Dawn Milner B&WKarly Dawn Milner (Intermediate Guitar) from Rowan County, Kentucky, began playing old time music with Jesse Wells, after years of studying classical music in voice and cello, and playing gospel and country music regionally.  She performs with the Clack Mountain String Band and as a duo with Sarah Wood.  Karly Dawn can be heard on Appalachia: Music from Home, Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook and Clack Mountain String Band Live. With a special penchant for teaching music to children, she spent many years working as the outreach musician for the Kentucky Folk Art Museum.


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Don Rogers (Advanced Guitarhas deep roots in Kentucky old time music. His grandfather and great uncles recorded on the Gennet label in the 1930s as the Kentucky String Ticklers. His father, Donnie, plays guitar with the Kentucky Clodhoppers. Don is a versatile multi-instrumentalist and singer who performs at regional festivals with Kentucky Wild Horse, with young traditional musician Jeri Katherine Howell, and with the Green Genes rock band. Don is also a songwriter whose work can be heard on Spirits of the Lonesome Hills and Winetown.  Don’s song “I’m a Kentuckian” is fast becoming a new state anthem.  Take a listen:

Sarah K. MorganSarah Kate Morgan (Mountain Dulcimer) started her musical journey at 7 years old and has fallen in love with old time Appalachian music through the years. A native of East Tennessee, Sarah has incorporated the rich musical heritage of the area into her music. At 18, Sarah placed 1st at the 2012 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships held in Winfield, KS. She recently graduated from Morehead State University with degrees in Traditional Music, Appalachian Studies, and Arts Entrepreneurship. You can find her living in a little hippie camper on a farm in Olive Hill, Kentucky, playing lots of music, dabbling in instrument restoration, and attempting to call the occasional square dance.



For beginners, Don Rogers gets you started on old time rhythm guitar. 

Don Rogers teaches country blues finger-picking for advanced guitar students:

Don Rogers teaches flatpicking lead on a great Snake Chapman tune in G.

Sarah Kate Morgan teaches two beginning mountain dulcimer tunes. From Sarah:  I’ve made a Dropbox folder that has the mtn dulcimer tablature for the two tunes I taught for folks if they want to print them out.  The link is

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