Performance Tasks/Learning Objectives from this lesson:
1. Find an E Aeolian Scale (Natural/Pure Minor) on your instrument
2. Use that knowledge to Play God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen or Wayfaring Stranger
3. Name the notes that the student used to play this scale
4. Define the Aeolian scale
5. For Mountain Dulcimer: What do I have and what Drones do I need?
A. If I use a Capo how do I tune and where do I start?
B. How can I re-tune and play Aeolian in some different Keycenters?
6. For Hammered Dulcimer: Name all the Aeolian Scales I have on my instrument.
7. Understand the usual chords in Aeolian of E Diatonic Chords with G Key Signature
8. Clues for figuring out if a song is in the Aeolian Mode
9. Gapped Scales (Pentatonic, Hexatonic)
Other tunes that are in Aeolian Mode: (in Premium Backing Tracks on DulcimerCrossing.com)
Lake Ozark Blues (Aeolian of D)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Aeolian of D, E, F#, G and A)
Portage River (Aeolian of D)
` Reluctant Busboy (Aeolian of E)
1. Compare what we did in Aeolian of E to Aeolian of B
2. Look through your music and see if you can identify what key the songs and whether or not it is in the Aeolian (Natural or Pure Minor Mode.) (Eye)
3. Play Along with the Backing Tracks Library on DulcimerCrossing (listed above).
4. Look at the Dulcimercrossing lessons that are in the Aeolian Mode: We Three Kings , I Wonder As I Wander
5. Report back with questions, insights, “aha” experiences in the comment section of the Homework Week 3 post on the Blog The password is: leapforward
Visualization of the Aeolian scale on Hammered Dulcimer (box)
Aeolian Scales on Mountain Dulcimer E & B
Aeolian Scales on Mountain Dulcimer D
God Rest Ye Merry Hammered Dulcimer, Mountain DAC = Dm
God Rest Ye Merry Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer DAd Capo 1 = Em
Self-Assessment based on Student Performance Tasks