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8th of January

8th of January

by Steve Eulberg

We are excited to announce that we have a new Fiddle Lesson posted on DulcimerCrossing.com. The 8th of January is a tune that was written to celebrate and commemorate Andrew Jackson’s victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812.

This tune appears on Steve & Vi’s Fiddle Whamdiddle recording Not My Monkey.  (The mountain dulcimer lesson is on the production list for recording.)

In the 1936 Jimmy Driftwood was teaching high school in the Ozark mountains of his home state of Arkansas and he wrote lyrics and set them to this tune in order to interest his students in learning history. The Battle of New Orleans won the 1960 Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

Jimmy Driftwood’s commercial success helped to bring resources to the northeast corner of the state of Arkansas and established the Ozark Folk Center with its Ozark Opry Stage in Mountain View, AR. (Steve has performed on that stage and taught for several festivals there.)

Watch Vi’s introduction above and subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com to have access to all of the episodes in this lesson set.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2019 in fiddle, lessons, subscriber news

 

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New Years Resolutions for Dulcimerists

New Years Resolutions for Dulcimerists

A New Year is like a blank book, and your dulcimer is in your hands.
It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself. 

By Linda Ratcliff

New Year’s Resolutions for Dulcimerists
The New Year is coming up in just a few days, and now is the perfect time to make some musical resolutions! As usual, I’ve made a list of resolutions that are fun, and they will support any practical music goals you’ve set for yourself.

  • Establish a regular practice time. It’s not as easy as it sounds to get into a regular routine. Too often, life gets in the way and practice falls on the back burner. But try to find a window of time you can dedicate to practice.
  • Expand your practice time by just a little. If you normally practice about 20 minutes, try playing for 30 minutes. If you play for 30 minutes, consider playing for 45 minutes. You will see very steady growth in your skills.
  • Start taking lessons, or start AGAIN. There are so many benefits to having a music teacher, If you feel like you’ve come to a dead end, gone about as far as you can go, find a teacher in your area or join Dulcimer Crossing for online lessons.
  • Explore new repertoire. We all have a few favorites when it comes to music genres. But if you always play pieces that sound the same, it can slow down your progress. Step outside the box. Try learning to play the blues, classical music, or bluegrass.
  • Play more with others. Jamming with a small group of peers gives you extra practice. In addition, you will probably get some valuable feedback – especially if there are sections that are tripping you up.
  • NO MORE SELF-JUDGMENT! Your fear of making mistakes is holding you back. Connect with your music, and don’t worry about who might be listening.

The sky is the limit when it comes to learning to play your dulcimer. Whatever resolutions you decide to make, the hardest part will be sticking to them. We believe in you! Happy resolution making, and Happy New Year!

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2019 in lessons, subscriber news

 

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31 Days to Fingerstyle Mastery

31 Days to Fingerstyle Mastery

by Steve Eulberg

Hi folks! This post is music-related but not dulcimer-specific.

I have had a Patreon Project going since January of 2015.

This fall I decided that I wanted to put together some one-month class offerings that would let people take a single class with daily lessons to work on a specific skill, figuring that if it takes 21 days to set a habit, in 31 days we galvanize it!

So, today I launched my first class: 31 Days to Fingerstyle Mastery (this focuses on 6-String Guitar, but the same principles apply to any plucked, stringed instrument. I have already begun putting together the plans and resources for a mountain dulcimer class along these lines, so keep you eyes peeled for that.

If you are like many of us who play many instruments and have always wanted to play Fingerstyle Guitar, there is still time for you to join the class. Click here for all the information. It is not too late for you to join (But all the back-row seats are taken, don’t you know?!)

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2019 in lessons, special event

 

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Concise Guide to Chord Symbols

Concise Guide to Chord Symbols

by Steve Eulberg

These questions get asked frequently so here is a guide to help you decode the chord symbols that you may often see above the musical notation:

A Chord (by definition a triad) is made up of 3 specific pitches (1-3-5 steps of the scale.)

A Chord Symbol is short hand for which steps are intended.

1. When a Single Capital letter is used, it indicates a Major chord (no alterations in the 1-3-5 plan)

e.g. C = C-E-G

2. If there is a lower case “m” next to the Capital letter, that indicates a minor chord (1-b3-5) with the 3rdstep of the scale lowered a half step.

e.g. Cm = C-Eb-G

Any combination of these notes, grouped as close together as possible (close voicing) or as far apart as possible (dispersed voicing) still produce these chords.

3. If there is a number added to the chord symbol it indicates an additional note added to the triad:

The most common is the dominant 7(b7 step of the scale) which is so dominant we don’t even call it dominant. The next most common is 6.

e.g. C7 = C-E-G-Bb (1-3-5-b7)

e.g. C6 = C-E-G-A (1-3-5-6)

Amajor 7 chord has the regular 7thstep of the scale (also called a “leading tone”) added to the triad:

e.g. CMaj7 or CM7 or C∆7 = C-E-G-B (1-3-5-7)

4. These numbers can also be added to the minor chords as well to indicate minor 7chords:

e.g. Cm7= C-Eb-G-Bb (1-b3-5-b7)

e.g. Cm6= C-Eb-G-A (1-b3-5-6)

e.g. Cm∆7 or CmMaj7= C-Eb-G-B (1-b3-5-7)

5. Sometimes a 2 is added:

e.g. C2 = C-D-E-G (1-2-3-5)

6. Sometimes a 9 is added:

e.g. Cadd9 = C-E-G-D (1-3-5-9)

7. A ninth chord builds on the Dominant 7thChord:

e.g. C9 = C-E-G-Bb-D (1-3-5-b7-9)

8. Suspended Chords means that the 3rd step has been replaced either by a 4 or a 2:

e.g. Csus4 = C-F-G (1-4-5)

e.g. Csus2 = C-D-G (1-2-5)

9. Diminished Chords means that the 5th step of a minor chord has been lowered a half step:

e.g. C° or Cdim= C-Eb-Gb (1-b3-b5)

10. Augmented Chords mean that the 5th step has been raised a half step:

e.g. C+ or Caug= C-E-G# (1-3-#5)

11. Slash Chords indicate a different bass note than expected. This is particularly important for Bass Players (instrument) or players of Bass parts in an ensemble:

e.g. C/D = C Chord with a D in the Bass (non-chord tone)

e.g. C/E = C Chord with an E in the Bass (chord tone, but not the tonic)

e.g. C/G= C Chord with a G in the Bass (chord tone, but not the tonic)

(This is also available on the Free Page at dulcimercrossing.com if you misplace this one.)

Questions? Write me at steve@dulcimercrossing.com

 

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3-D Playing Lesson by Deborah J Hamouris

3-D Playing Lesson by Deborah J Hamouris

by Steve Eulberg

We are excited to announce a new Mountain Dulcimer Lesson Series by Bay area teacher Deborah DJ Hamouris.  Deborah teaches at the famed Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley and is the Director of the annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering which takes place in May.

In this lesson, Deborah takes us beyond playing melody only with a drone. You will be playing melody, harmony, and ornaments – and she calls this the 3D Method.

Amazing Grace, 3D Method is demonstrated here by DJ.  She plays the final version through for us.

When you become a subscriber at DulcimerCrossing.com, you have access to all of DJ’s lessons all of the time!

 
 

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New Fiddle Lesson by Vi Wickam

New Fiddle Lesson by Vi Wickam

by Steve Eulberg

The Arkansas Traveler is one of Vi’s favorite old-time tunes, and crosses several different genres from old-timey Ozark style to Texas style, and even to bluegrass.

The version in this lesson is on the beginner level.  This is also a tune that was featured on Fiddle Whamdiddle’s Not My Monkey recording.   

Vi has taught a brand-new lesson on this tune for DulcimerCrossing.com here.

Subscribe to and get access to all of the lessons all of the time!

Vi plays his favorite variations from Major Franklin for
the inaugural video of his Fiddle-Tune-A-Day in 2012.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2018 in fiddle, history, lessons, subscriber news

 

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Dulcimer Lesson Deal from Erin Mae

Dulcimer Lesson Deal from Erin Mae

by Steve Eulberg

DulcimerCrossing is pleased to have Erin Mae as one of our instructors.

NEW! 6-Week Online Mountain Dulcimer Classes

Sign up for six weeks of intensive learning from the comfort of your own home.   

You get:

  • A weekly live 45-minute class taught by Erin Mae
  • Practice assignments each week
  • Handouts provided as .pdf files
  • Video archives of each lesson

Register TODAY:

  • Registration for 6-Week Online Classes is $120 [just $20/week!]
  • Pay in full at the time of registration or choose weekly payments
  • Payments are collected via Paypal
  • A minimum of 4 participants is required for the class to commence
  • The first TEN registrants will receive 10% off their full class registration (select Early Bird discount during registration)Classes start next week!


 CHRISTMAS SALES!!


1-Purchase a hard-copy CD or instructional book and receive a FREE digital copy.
 This way, you can give the physical copy away as a Christmas present, while still enjoying the digital version for yourself. 

Visit My Store to purchase books and CDs. After you have completed your purchase, email your receipt to erin@erinmaemusic.com and I will email back your FREE digital download of the same title(s). 

2- Prepay for 6 private lessons and receive the 7th lesson free. Gift cards available upon request. The lesson recipient will have one year to use the lessons.

Private lessons are $40/hour and are offered both online and in-person in Wichita, KS. Learn more about lessons by visiting My Website. To prepay for six lessons and get the seventh FREE, use this link: Paypal.me. I will email you with details, send gift cards, and set up the first lesson as soon as your payment processes.

 **These sales are good through December 31st, 2018… for the early   shoppers and the procrastinators too! 🙂 **

~Enjoy Life~
Erin Mae

 

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