by Steve Eulberg The Baritone Mountain Dulcimer, tuned A-E-a, lower than the standard, adds a rich voice to the tonal range of dulcimer playing. I won my Baritone in 1998 at the Walnut Valley Festival and it began my journey to explore how this instrument, tuned in a familiar way (1-5-8) could play with others […]
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by Steve Eulberg While on tour in southern California in August, DulcimerCrossing instructors, Erin Mae Lewis and Steve Eulberg arrived early for their gig, Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts (Dulcimer-Wellcimer) at the “magical treehouse” of Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. Erin took these photos as we prepared for the pre-school kids concert on Sunday morning. As Erin relates […]
by Linda Ratcliff “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” – Albert Einstein Erin Mae Lewis, who teaches Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer Lessons on DulcimerCrosing is giving a special Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer […]
Captain’s Cabin The Captain’s Cabin, Louisville, Kentucky, was the site of an S.E.A. rendezvous as our trio sped from opposite directions to meet up here for the beginning of our gigs in Kentucky this past June.Steve had begun his tour in Wisconsi…
Earlier this month, for the 5th time, I coordinated the gathering of my union brothers and sisters (Local 1000 AFM–American Federation of Musicians) as we gathered at this amazing and historic Ashokan Center in Olive Bridge, New York.
Members Jay Ungar and Molly Mason (pictured here) sang us a lovely song about living in the Catskill Mountains.
This camp is the home of the music and dance camps that they have facilitated for decades, and which gave birth to the famous “Ashokan Farewell” song that Ken Burns featured in his Civil War documentary series.
Remembering who has helped us get to where we are, and also paying attention to who we are currently helping along the way.
Two insights from this gathering:
My friend and brother, Scott Berwick, shared this story from a classical guitar instructor who demonstrates to student visitors a piece of music, then comments:
“That was correct.
All the notes were played in the right order and with the correct timing.
But that wasn’t musical.”
Then he plays it again with expression and dynamics and the two performances are nearly unrecognizable to each other.
He then says to the students,
“Students come here playing guitar.
What I teach them is how to play music on the guitar.”
Second is a question upon which I will chew and chew
How do we measure success?
If it is by comparison to someone or something…we’ll probably never measure up. So I need (and am finding) a different definition.
Here is an excerpt:
Here is another resource for mountain dulcimer players! Wayne 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 […]