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About Steve Eulberg

A performing, touring acoustic musician, Steve co-owns DulcimerCrossing.com and teaches on that site. He also teaches guitar and baritone ukelele at [my]talentforge.com and several styles and levels of guitar at JamPlay.com.

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

by Steve Eulberg

DulcimerCrossing is excited to announce and brand new Hammered Dulcimer Lesson set in time for the Holidays!

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen is a popular, minor mode English carol from the late 1800’s.  Here, Steve demonstrates 5 different locations and keys in which to play this carol, also demonstrating the Rhythmic Displacement that he used when recording this tune on his 2003 CD ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime.  You can listen to the tune here.

It has also been added to the lesson set and the Backing Track Library for Premium Members.

This lesson series will go live in time for Christmas.  You can subscribe to have access to all of the lessons, all of the time!

 
 

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Dulci-bro Performances

Dulci-bro Performances

by Steve Eulberg

I just love this instrument and gathered the videos of these performances for you to enjoy. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Gig type: Outdoor
Tune: Crawdad Song
Location: Fort Collins, CO

Gig Type: Concert Window
Tune: Swing Low
Location: Owl Mountain Music Studio, San Mateo, CA

Gig Type: Concert
Tune: Fish Ain’t Bitin’
Location: Rialto Theatre, Loveland, CO

Fish Ain’t Bitin’ Dulcibro from Steve Eulberg on Vimeo.

Gig Type: DulcimerCrossing.com Lesson
Tune: Old Yellow Dog Went Trottin’ Thru’ the Meetin’ House
Location: DulcimerCrossing Studio

Gig Type: DulcimerCrossing.com Lesson
Tune: You Name It Blues
Location: DulcimerCrossing Studio

Gig Type: DulcimerCrossing.com Lesson
Tune: Blues Lick
Location: DulcimerCrossing Studio

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Posted by on November 24, 2018 in dulci-bro, subscriber news

 

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Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

by Linda Ratcliff

Your Thanksgiving dinner will not be complete without sharing these jokes!

What kind of music did the Pilgrims like? Plymouth Rock!
Why did the guys let the sweet potato join the band? So they could have a yam session!
What is the most musical part of the turkey? The drumsticks!

 

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, I have almost too many blessings to count. Being able to work with all of you who love dulcimers, and having the opportunity to share my thoughts about dulcimering every week, are definitely two of them. We appreciate the friendship and confidence you have shown in us by connecting with Dulcimer Crossing. Steve and I send our heartfelt Thanksgiving wishes across the miles from our houses to yours. May your homes be filled with laughter, happiness, and (of course) lots of dulcimer music.
Happy Thanksgiving
How to Care for Your Instrument in Cold Weather
With the weather turning colder, have you noticed a dramatic change in your dulcimer’s tuning? Well, a stringed instrument is a living thing. Since it is made out of organic materials, the woods, strings, and glues used when it was built interact with the atmosphere around them. And while these materials certainly work together to create beautiful music, they are also responsible for the reason that stringed instruments go out of tune, especially with sudden temperature changes.  Try to keep the temperature constant in the room(s) where you store your instruments.

Likewise, humidity will affect your dulcimers. Wood gains and loses moisture until it’s in sync with the air around it. When the air is humid, a piece of wood will swell as it gains moisture. When the air is dry, the wood will shrink as it loses moisture. This process happens fairly quickly with thin pieces of wood, such as dulcimer soundboards and backs, and if they get too dry, they can crack.

If you have started running the furnace already, the climate in the house may have become very dry. The widely accepted safe range for wooden musical instruments is between about 40% and 60% relative humidity. The only way to know if you’re in that range is to measure it by keeping a hygrometer near your instrument. (I found inexpensive ones on Amazon.) Also, I suggest that you consider purchasing a room and/or case humidifier for the good health of your precious instruments.
Hammered Dulcimer 

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask Steve or myself.
 

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New Fiddle Lesson!

New Fiddle Lesson!

by Steve Eulberg

Vi Wickam has created a new Fiddle Lesson for the Scottish tune Miss McLeod’s Reel.  that he and I like to play in our duo Fiddle Whamdiddle.  I have already created a mountain dulcimer lesson in the Galax style for this tune on DulcimerCrossing here.

You can also watch a couple of versions of this tune below:

Steve & Vi playing a hammered dulcimer and fiddle duet at the former Caffe Olé in Fort Collins, Colorado: (under the title “Have You Ever Gone to Meeting, Uncle Joe?” filmed for Vi’s Fiddle-Tune-A-Day project in 2012.)

And Steve playing Galax style with Vi and another DulcimerCrossing teacher, Don Pedi, at a house concert at Steve’s former home in Fort Collins, Colorado.

As always, you can become a subscriber at DulcimerCrossing.com and have complete 24/7 access to all of our lessons!

 

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New Video Explains Memberships

New Video Explains Memberships

by Steve Eulberg

DulcimerCrossing’s Linda Ratcliff has created a video answering the questions that some people have about the difference between the Premium and the Basic Memberships on our educational website.  Take a look here!

If you have further questions, contact Linda or myself!

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2018 in subscriber news

 

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New Chromatic Dulcimer Lesson

New Chromatic Dulcimer Lesson

by Steve Eulberg

Our instructor, Erin Mae Lewis, has a new lesson series for Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer, using the familiar fiddle tune, Soldier’s Joy as example to demonstrate how to play this tune in several keys!

Subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com and you’ll have access to the whole lesson series!

 

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Chicken Reel New Lesson

Chicken Reel New Lesson

Larry Conger teaches a new mountain dulcimer lesson series on DulcimerCrossing.com

(I can’t hear this tune without also hearing the memory of the cartoon character, Foghorn Leghorn’s voice saying, “boy, I say boy, ya BOTHer me!”)

Here is a demo of Larry playing the tune.

This fun tune makes use of hammer-ons and pull-offs and is a delight for both performers and listeners!

Subscribe and have access to the whole lesson series and learn Larry’s tricks and tips!

 

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