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Musical Advent Devotion featuring dulcimers.

Musical Advent Devotion featuring dulcimers.

by Steve Eulberg

The season of Advent, the time of preparation before Christmas, is upon us. In the Christian world it begins to and continues until the twelve days of Christmas begin on December 25th.

I have created a series of daily emails with Advent music that you can receive as a focusing accompaniment during this season. And they feature a LOT of dulcimers, too!

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My dulcimer colleague, Ariane Klauer, from Germany has created another way to do this as well!

Following the tradition of an Advent Calendar which has doors to open on each of the days of Advent, she invited dulcimer players across the world to provide a video playing their favorite Advent/Christmas Tune.

Advent Calendar, each door opening to provide a video of a dulcimer playing a seasonal tune!

Bookmark this URL so you can return to it daily and have a new blessed surprise!

 

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Spotted Pony for Hammered Dulcimer!

Spotted Pony for Hammered Dulcimer!

by Steve Eulberg

At DulcimerCrossing.com we seem to love riding the ponies because here we are, announcing the new hammered dulcimer lesson for this tune, Spotted Pony.

Steve first learned this from Erin Mae Lewis at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield Kansas (mumble, mumble) years ago! It’s stepwise and skipping melodic phrases make it a favorite to us in teaching students to play hammered dulcimer.

Here Steve introduces the tune:

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Nylon-String Mountain Dulcimer!

by Steve Eulberg

I am so excited to introduce you to this brand-new instrument. I have been waiting for it for over a year and it is finally here!

Robert Stephens of South Carolina (StephensLutherie.com) has been working with Aaron O’Rourke (of Chattanooga, TN) to develop a new fingerstyle dulcimer that can also work when strung with nylon strings.

Below is my happy introduction of this beauty to you!

Several lessons featuring this instrument for the Fingerstyle and Classical series on DulcimerCrossing.com are in development.

 

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Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas

by Steve Eulberg

Just in time for the year-end holidays, Deborah Hamouris provides us with a delightful arrangement and lesson on this lesser-known tune.

Deborah is half of the duo Dulcimates with her spouse Buffalo. They have been playing tunes like this for the Great Dickens Faire in San Francisco for many years. She has prepared an accessible and fun lesson. See the introduction below.

Arranged for two dulcimers, this is also one of the titles in her brand new book, Indian Summer.

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New Fiddle Lesson!

New Fiddle Lesson!

by Steve Eulberg

DulcimerCrossing is excited to announce the release of a new fiddle lesson by our own guru, Vi Wickam.

Spotted Pony is a fun Old-Time Missouri fiddle tune. Vi introduces this tune below.

We also have lessons for this tune for Mountain Dulcimers (Erin Mae) and (Butch Ross), and (Erin Mae & Steve Eulberg on standard and baritone dulcimers) and Hammered Dulcimer, too.

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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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