August 30, 2015

Erin Mae Lewis’ 30 Minute Practice Session Strategy

Here is a question that all of our instructors hear often:  How should I practice?

Erin Mae Lewis (formerly Erin Rogers) gives us insights and her suggestions in this lesson in the Mountain Dulcimer Skills section of our website

Take a look at a preview below:

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New Teacher: Neal Hellman Mountain Dulcimer

DulcimerCrossing is pleased to welcome a new Guest Instructor to our roster:  Neal Hellman.

Neal has lived in the Santa Cruz, California area since the 1970’s, when it was the epi-center of the west coast mountain dulcimer revival, in part because of the nearby location of FolkRoots and CapriTaurus dulcimer builders Michael and Howard Rugg.  Watch Neal’s introduction below:

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New Lesson Series is Coming!

Well, with many miles under our feet (Steve criss-crossing the county and Linda climbing the heights of Colorado), it has been a while since we’ve been able to give an update, but the wait is worth it!

We had our Chattanooga instructor, Butch Ross, in the studio and his lessons on Looping are now in the editing bay.

Take at look at a sample of his demonstration here:

Keep your eyes peeled because we’ll be posting this lesson set in the near future!

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Tips for Jam Survival

by Steve Eulberg

The Summer Festival season is fast approaching (can you feel the buzz of excitement in the air?)  Many of us set aside our winter rhythms and venture out to play music with others in new settings: out of doors, at picnics and cookouts, at public parks, at the beach, at festivals, at week-long learning opportunities.

Some of us are also a little anxious about these meetings because we’re not quite certain how we will survive when jamming with other people whom we don’t know!

So here is your opportunity to help!  Send us your best JAM SURVIVAL tips or stories and we’ll publish them on this blog, and/or use them in lessons on DulcimerCrossing.com

Do you have little things you do that help you enjoy a jam?  Learn as much as you can about a new tune?  What are the best tools and tricks that you know of?

You can write me here in the comments or send them to:  steve@owlmountainmusic.com.

Or you can make a video of your tip and upload it to youtube or vimeo and send us the link.

Or you can make an audio recording and upload it to soundcloud and send us the link.


Kitty Puss at the Ozark Folk Center

While teaching at the Mountain Dulcimer Week at the Ozark Folk Center in the summer of 2009, Steve Eulberg performed this tune, Kitty Puss, which he learned from Don Pedi, in the midday concert.  He is playing noter style on his Mike Clemmer dulcimer (with a doubled bass string).  Video by Barry Bianchi.

This tune is an example of a traditional tune played on mountain dulcimer in the old-time style.  Check out our Traditional Noter Series on dulcimercrossing.com to learn tips on playing this way.

Steve will be teaching a week-long workshop (Session 2 every day) at the Kentucky Music Week in Bardstown, KY  this summer if you are interested in digging deeper into the traditional style in an intensive face-to-face way. (June 21-26, 2015)


The Dulcimer Orchestra Library Project…

…and the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra (California)

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…and the Colorado Dulcimer Orchestra (Colorado)

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Colorado Dulcimer Orchestra

…and the Northeast Dulcimer Orchestra  (Connecticut)

 

…Are all part of a growing movement of dulcimer players who gather to play multi-part music from a classical repertoire.

The Dulcimer Orchestra Library Project gathers, commissions and provides accessible arrangements of classical tunes from around the world for dulcimer ensembles.

The Goal of the project is to provide resources for dulcimer players who wish to improve their performing skills and experience the joy of shared creative musical experiences in ensembles large and small.

To be in the loop, signup for the Dulcimer Orchestra Library Newsletter here.

To help support the creation of new arrangements for the Orchestra, consider supporting Steve Eulberg’s Patreon Campaign here.

 


The Blues Lessons are Live!

PlayingtheBluesGraphicThe awaited blues lessons are now live at dulcimercrossing.com!

Hammered Dulcimer and the Blues

Mountain Dulcimer and the Blues

Dulci-Bro and the Blues

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Playing Blues on Dulcimer

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.

Mountain Dulcimer

Hammered Dulcimer

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Dulcimercrossing.wordpress.com Blog Year 2014 in review

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Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Got a New Mountain Dulcimer for Christmas?

We have just the thing to help you play it!

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.

Our Goal:  When this series is completed, you are no longer a Beginner!

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