May 1, 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


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Lauda for Mary Maddalena by Neal Hellman

Neal Hellman has been quite taken with these beautiful Italian tunes written in praise of Mary and shares with us the tune and his arrangement for Lauda di Maria Maddlena.

Here Neal demonstrates the tune:

Here is the lesson set.

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New Teacher: Robert Force

DulcimerCrossing is pleased to welcome Robert Force to the faculty.

Robert brings years of experience and a delight in the sounds and ways the diatonic dulcimer works.

Watch his introductory video here:

His first lesson set is about Rhythm (check it out here)

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

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