Someone once told me that I couldn’t play blues on the dulcimer. “The dulcimer is too pretty for the blues.” I disagree.
If you can have the blues, you can play the blues on whatever you want!
Look at these introductions to playing blues on hammered and mountain dulcimer and dulci-bro.
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The String-Side Up Lesson Series is for Absolute Beginning mountain dulcimer players and assumes you have no prior experience with dulcimers. This 31-episode series starts with the parts of the dulcimer, takes you through what is happening with your right and left hands, including strumming, picking (right hand), fingering or using a noter (left hand), playing chords, noodling for harmonies, learning tunes, playing in a linear fashion (up and down the fretboard) and across the string (flatpicking) and making practical use of portable chord shapes to be effective and flexible in your playing.
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This winter-time tune by James H. Pierpont has long been associated with Christmas, but actually is about riding in a fast sleigh through (and sometimes IN) the snow!
Steve first demonstrates and teaches how to play this song in the key of G from three (3) different tunings!
First we have chords to accompany singing in DAA tuning and then the melody in the lower octave:
Secondly we have both chords and melody in DAd tuning, making use of the capo at the 3rd fret:
Finally we re-tune to DGd for playing in “reverse ionian” of G and play the tune this way:
by Steve Eulberg
This Appalachian tune, collected and added to by John Jacob Niles, is a lovely, haunting Aeolian melody that fits so well on the mountain dulcimer in DAC tuning.
Steve’s mountain dulcimer lesson series explores playing this tune in traditional drone-style, as well as in a flatpicked melody across the strings, and with chords for singing and a chord-melody version. There is a lot to explore that will help your wandering be filled with wondering.
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by Steve Eulberg
I have a mission: I am seeking to equip, support, challenge and encourage musicians who play dulcimer.
As I teach across the US in clubs, festivals and workshops, I ask my mountain dulcimer students to raise their right hands and take this pledge.
So, stop whatever you are doing right now, raise your right hand and take this pledge with me. I will make a difference in your life!
You know those beautiful chiming sounds that you hear on recordings or watch people play on the mountain dulcimer? Those are called harmonics and, when you know where and how to play them, they can be part of your toolkit for playing the mountain dulcimer, too.
In this 20-episode lesson set, Nina explains natural and artificial harmonics, teaching how to play them and giving suggestions about when to play them and giving you some exercises to use to become more proficient and confident in using them.