After 30 years, the Dusty Strings Music Store and School has become a much-loved Fremont landmark. If you are a traveling musician or musical hobbyist, pop in for some knowledgeable advice and community.
Descend the wooden stairs from Fremont Avenue into their subterranean space and you’ll first find a curated little shop – ukuleles, sheet music, small percussion instruments, and guitar accessories. Just past that is a larger, lovely room where hundreds of guitars, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers and harps are on display (Dusty Strings builds hammered dulcimers and harps nearby). And beyond that, the space continues with tiny session rooms for private lessons and larger spaces for group sessions, too.
The staff is well-informed and friendly; they don’t just know their stuff, they want to help you know your stuff, too. Over the past few years, Dusty Strings has been my go-to place for renting or buying instruments, as well as for lessons and classes.
As a visitor, it’s worth checking their schedule to see if they have any drop-in classes or $5 group musical and singing sessions. Also a good place to drop by to get the low-down on upcoming music events, especially if you are into various forms of folk and bluegrass. I love having Dusty Strings in my neighborhood – it’s a vibrant gathering place for students, teachers and musicians of the live music tradition.