July 24, 2016

Introducing a New Instructor!

DulcimerCrossing is excited to welcome Aubrey Atwater AubreyPoster_sm(of Atwater-Donnelly) to the instructional team.

Aubrey teaches mountain dulcimer, from the Jean Ritchie family tradition.

Visit the Teacher Page and watch her introduction video.

Or, visit the Live Events page and watch the highlight video of her recent Premium Concert Window Show.

Subscribe here, to have access to all of her lessons!

 


Neal Hellman Featured in Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast

Episode #014 The Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast features DulcimerCrossing teacher Neal Hellman

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Wayne Jiang and Patricia Delich host this informative conversation with players of the mountain dulcimer across the country and across genres.  This edition features samples of music from several of Steve’s recordings:

Neal Hellman has played the mountain dulcimer for more than 40 years and is the founder, director, and one of the primary artists on the Gourd Music record label. Gourd Music recordings are known for lush arrangements often pairing the dulcimer with folk and classical instruments. With music by Gourd Music artists.

Guest:
Neal Hellman

Music:
• Durango from the CD Oktober County Neal Hellman, dulcimer; Kim Robertson, celtic harp; Bruce Abrams, guitar; Joe Weed, mandocello

• Slumber My Darling from the CD Dulcimer in the Mix (available as download only in iTunes) Neal Hellman, dulcimer; Kim Robertson, celtic harp; Barry Phillips, cello

• Ninety Pound Catfish from the CD Autumn in the Valley Neal Hellman, dulcimer; Paul Hostetter, banjo; Carl Rey, harmonica; Shira Kammen, violin; Todd Phillips, bass

• Come Life, Shaker Life from the CD Dulcimer in the Mix (available as download only in iTunes) Neal Hellman, dulcimer; Shelley Phillips, oboe; Robin Petrie, hammered dulcimer; William Coulter, guitar; Barry Phillips, cello and shaker

• La Mort De Coucy from the CD Oktober County Neal Hellman, dulcimer; Kim Robertson, celtic harp; Shelley Mathewson Phillips, English horn; Marti Kendall, cello

• Canarios from the CD Autumn in the Valley Neal Hellman, dulcimer; William Coulter, guitar; Shelley Phillips, recorders; Barry Phillips, percussion

• Pleasant Hill from the CD Emma’s Waltz Neal Hellman, dulcimer; William Coulter, guitar; Barry Phillips, cello; Shelley Phillips, English horn; Robin Petrie, hammer dulcimer; Susan French, violin

• Mountain Medley (June Apple) from the CD Autumn in the Valley Neal Hellman, dulcimer; Paul Hostetter, banjo; Robin Petrie, hammered dulcimer; Todd Phillips, bass; Joe Weed, violin

• Robertson’s Unreel from the CD Oktober County Neal Hellman, dulcimer; Robin Petrie, hammered dulcimer; Danny Carnahan, fiddle, mandola, and guitar

• Mountain Medley (The Last of Smith) from the CD Autumn in the Valley Paul Hostetter, banjo; Robin Petrie, hammered dulcimer; Todd Phillips, bass; Joe Weed, violin

 

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Neal’s YouTube Channel  
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Click on the image above (or here) to listen to the podcast or find it in the iTunes Store.


Playing with a Backing Track

Steve Eulberg demonstrates the beginning of a new Lesson Series at DulcimerCrossing.com:  Playing Mountain Dulcimer with a Blues Backing Track from the Premium Membership part of the website.

He will demonstrate the Pentatonic Minor Box and how to move it around the fretboard to find the notes that will work for playing Blues in the key of E on an instrument tuned to DAd.

(He also describes this process in his book, Playing Blues on the Mountain Dulcimer, which is available for sale on his website here:  OR, Free to his Patrons on Patreon here.)


Backing Tracks Library

Here is a view of the new Backing Tracks Library which is a resource at DulcimerCrossing.com for Premium Members.

Backing tracks are a way to play along with a “band” while not having to worry about any egos (yours or theirs!) or other people who are going to get knocked off track when you make an error.  (You’ll notice I didn’t say “if”!)

Steve uses these to get comfortable making and recovering from the errors and slips that inevitably come when playing music.  And sometimes, these “happy accidents” provide new inspiration and ideas!

Each track has an .mp3 file that you can play and hear, in addition, there is a pdf tablature with chord charts, an occasional melody line, sometimes some suggested scales to use.  They are in several keys, tunings, genres and tempo styles.

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Want to get started with this new learning tool?  Join now and choose the Premium Option and you’ll get the access you want for the support you need.


DulcimerCrossing Live Event Concert Window Highlight

We are starting a NEW thing in 2016!

LIVE EVENTS from our Instructors and other Mentors.

Last night our co-founder, Steve Eulberg, offered the Inaugural DulcimerCrossing Live Event using the ConcertWindow.com Platform.

Below is a Highlight Video from that show.

We will be offering these Live Events on a Quarterly Basis for our Basic Membership level.

Steve also announced last night that we are offering a PREMIUM LEVEL MEMBERSHIP which will include these kinds of LIVE EVENTS on a Monthly Basis, in addition to:

  1.  Access to Backing Tracks for practicing melody and improvisational playing
  2.  Habits from the Muse–Short, Weekly emails to help support your daily engagement and practice of your music
  3.  Habits for Your Healthy Music Habitat–Short, one-minute Videos from Teachers and Mentors with their tips, morsels and tidbits to help you develop the heatlhy habits for your daily music practice.

That is TEN (count’em) (10) MORE things a month for only $5 more dollars= $24.95 a month PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION.

We are working feverishly on the whole site to get it ready for this new overhaul, so keep your eyes peeled and check the payment page beginning Feb 1, 2016 to see the big changes.


I Wonder as I Wander (DAC) by Steve Eulberg

Steve Eulberg has long been taken by this traditional American tune from Appalachia, collected and added to by John Jacob Niles.

Here Steve introduces the tune and tells the story and describes how to tune for the Aeolian mode, in which this tune resides.

Here is the lesson set.

Subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com to see the rest of the lesson!

 

 


Erin Mae Lewis featured in Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast

Here is another resource for mountain dulcimer players!

HeartsofDulcimerDVDcoverWayne Jiang and Patricia Delich, the producers of the Hearts of the Dulcimer DVD, have created a regular Podcast, called Hearts of the Dulcimer.

The most recent episode (#007) features our own DulcimerCrossing teacher,  Erin Mae Lewis, not as a Bond girl, but as the Secret Agent of Dulcimer herself! ErinMaeHeartsofDulcimerPodcast

Each episode features several explorations of the dulcimer, its history, its players, its past and its future.

This episode features the playing of Erin Mae, together with her sister, Amber (from their duo Scenic Roots) and a surprise jam session with Steve Eulberg at the Kindred XL Gathering in Jughandle, California August 2014.

How can you listen and subscribe to this podcast?

1. Click the photo of Erin playing, or follow this link to the Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast page.

2.  Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes

3.  Listen to the Podcast on Stitcher.com

Subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com to explore Erin Mae’s lessons!


Rhythm by Robert Force

DulcimerCrossing is pleased to have Robert Force introduce his Lesson series on Rhythm here:

Read the most recent newsletter about Robert and his lessons here.

Subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com to get the benefit of Robert’s Lessons!


Chords on Chromatic by Erin Mae Lewis

Erin Mae Lewis Finding and Building chords on a Chromatic Dulcimer.

In her chromatic lessons series, Erin, shows how she maps out and builds chords, both the I-IV-V chords for playing progressions, but also the rich chord additions (minors, 7ths, major 7ths, minor 7ths and 6ths, diminished, suspended and augmented)

 

[Note: this lesson uses both Diatonic and Chromatic Fret Numbers]

Here Erin introduces the lessons:

Here is the lesson set.

Subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com to see the rest of the lesson!

 

 


Chromatic Scale Patterns

Erin Mae Lewis teaches a new lesson on the skill of playing what she calls “forward” and “backward” scale patterns.

This is what she uses to move her scales all over her chromatic mountain dulcimer, enabling her to playing the “string-band” keys, as well as the “singing” keys and helps her be not only a welcomed player, but a sought-after player for bluegrass jams sessions!

Her tips will definitely help you, even if you are playing standard mountain dulcimer only.

Subscribe today to have access to ALL of Erin’s lessons!