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Is the Mixolydian Mode a Major Mode?

Is the Mixolydian Mode a Major Mode?

by Steve Eulberg

Dan Evans, English-dulcimer.com, recently explored this question from his own experience, and posed the question to (3) other professional musicians/scholars of his acquaintance and shared their responses and his conclusions in his blog.

Dan is both a fingerstyle guitarist and a fingerstyle mountain dulcimer player.

Dan plays a standard mountain dulcimer with no 6+ fret.

As you can see here, this is an important question because his instruments do not have a 6+ fret. The only way for him to play the “major” (Ionian Mode) scale is to play between 3-10 on the melody string. When he starts at “0” and plays to “7”, he’ll hear the Mixolydian Mode (which has a flatted 7th step.) Sometimes this note is called the “Old Joe Clark” note because that tune requires that interval and note.

As Dan concludes, the binary, either-or, categories of Major or Minor simply are NOT descriptive enough when talking about songs, scales, modes or music. We must have (or “get to have”) a broader frame of reference in order to experience the music we love to play in its delicious complexity and beauty.

Click on the links above to read Dan’s blog post and then let us know what YOU think.

 

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Funeral March of a Marionette-New DAC Lesson

Funeral March of a Marionette-New DAC Lesson

DulcimerCrossing is excited to announce a brand-new fingertyle lesson for advanced players in the DAC tuning on a standard mountain dulcimer.

“We are excited to be offering this lesson in DAC tuning, which helps people expand both their skills and their repertoire,” Eulberg said from his studio. “In addition, this arrangement requires some specific skills that put it in the advance category.”

Charles Gounod (1817-1893)

This tune was composed by the French composer, Charles Gounod, while he was in England in 1872. He later created an orchestration for full orchestra in 1879.

The main theme from this composition became well-known to the American public in the mid-20th century because it served as the theme music for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents which ran from 1955-1965.

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New Class for Premium Members in 2020

New Class for Premium Members in 2020

Christmas is coming, and you’re probably thinking about what to buy your children for Christmas. What about a mountain dulcimer? If you’ve already gotten everyone a dulcimer, what about a 6 month membership to Dulcimer Crossing? It’s time to start thinking about these things, since it’s almost that time of year again!

Or you might gift yourself with a membership. 

Dulcimer Crossing will be offering something new for our Premium Members in 2020.

We’ll begin with a 4-week special course taught by Erin Mae and Steve Eulberg on Thursdays.

These will be hour-long, live, interactive sessions beginning at 4 pm PDT | 5 pm MDT | 6 pm CDT | 7 pm EDT on January 2, 16, 30 and February 13.

Then we’re lining up other teachers to offer a once-a-month live lessons after that group of lessons ends. This will be a special benefit for our Premium Members. (Sign up for Premium Membership now and you’ll get to have all the benefits immediately!)

Start planning now to attend. You will find this to be an easy way to follow through on that New Year Commitment to practice more in a regular and scheduled way. 

 

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HYFRYDOL, new Mountain Dulcimer Lesson by Karen Mueller

HYFRYDOL, new Mountain Dulcimer Lesson by Karen Mueller

by Steve Eulberg

Across many Christian worship traditions, tunes from Welsh composers are favorites. The Ash Grove comes to mind, but from my survey, when researching and writing my book Dulcimer-Friendly Worship, Vol 1: the season of Advent, the tune that won the popularity contest of being the setting for so many hymns in so many ecumenical traditions is HYRFRYDOL by Rowland Prichard.

We are excited that our instructor, Karen Mueller, has provided us with both a strummed AND a fingerpicked lesson for our students. Watch as she introduces this tune and the lesson series:

This tune also appears on Steve’s Hark, the Glad Sound! recording which you can listen to here. (The 2nd tune in the Medley on track #12)

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Higgedy Jig for Hammered Dulcimer

Higgedy Jig for Hammered Dulcimer

by Steve Eulberg

We are excited to announce a new Hammered Dulcimer lesson for our subscribers: Higgedy Jig

Steve Eulberg demonstrates this tune and introduces this lesson series.

A fun jig, this tune was composed by Steve’s fiddling buddy, Vi Wickam for his 2012 Fiddle Tune A Day video series. Here he plays the tune for Day 181.

Vi plays his new tune for Fiddle Tune a Day in 2012.

Together Steve and Vi are Fiddle Whamdiddle. They have released two recordings Old School Old Time in 2012 and Not My Monkey in 2017.

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Expanding Noter Style

Expanding Noter Style

Linda Ratcliff & Steve Eulberg

If you want to play your Appalachian mountain dulcimer in the old traditional style, you will use a noter on the melody string(s), leaving the other 2 strings open to create a drone sound. We have developed several lessons that use a “noter,” so we decided to add a new separate category for these at Dulcimer Crossing: Traditional Noter Style.


If you have never used a noter, you should start with our introduction to the Traditional Noter Style here. In this series of 14 videos, Steve introduces the traditional noter/drone style of playing, shows us some of the tools (noters) that he uses, and explains how to use the noter with different tunings.

Here is the complete list of the lessons lessons we offer that use a noter. 

Here is a sample lesson featuring DAA and DAG tunings.

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Posted by on September 22, 2019 in lessons, mountain dulcimer

 

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New Teacher, New Lessons!

New Teacher, New Lessons!

by Steve Eulberg

We are pleased to welcome Karen Mueller to the faculty of DulcimerCrossing. Enshrined in the International Autoharp Hall of Fame, she is also an awarded and well-respected performer and teacher of the mountain dulcimer. Watch the video she made to introduce herself to our students.

Karen’s first lesson is Johnny Don’t Get Drunk. Watch her introduction of the tune below:

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Posted by on September 10, 2019 in uncategorized

 

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