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Capos and Key Changing Livestream Archive

Capos and Key Changing Livestream Archive

by Steve Eulberg

In our first LiveStream learning session, Steve covered capos and key changing for chromatic instruments (guitar) and diatonic instruments (mountain dulcimer) in this 60 minute session. (Click on the video above to watch for a refresher, if you weren’t able to be present live.)

Here is the Handout for Guitar-Friendly Keys

Here is the Handout for Mountain Dulcimer and Capo (in DAd tuning)

He also teaches lessons for the use of a capo in DAd and DAA tunings at DulcimerCrossing.com.

Subscribers get full access to ALL the lessons ALL the time!

LOOK at the home page of DulcimerCrossing.com

FOR NEXT WEEK’S LIVE STREAM at 8 am PDT = 9 am MDT = 10 am CDT = 11 am EDT.

If you have a question that you’d like to have included in these sessions, please email steve: steve@dulcimercrossing.com

 

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Capos and Key Changing Things…

Capos and Key Changing Things…

Steve Eulberg will host a Live Stream conversation tomorrow morning (April 1–no fooling!) . 8 am PDT = 9 am MDT = 10 am CDT = 11 am EDT.

The Live Stream will take place here: https://vimeo.com/402377839

In response to the question of a DulcimerCrossing member about capos when used on guitars…we will have a conversation go better understand how this tool changes things on our instruments, and how we can communicate with guitar players and others when we are playing together.

 

Leap Forward with Matthew Dickerson today!

Leap Forward with Matthew Dickerson today!

National Hammered Dulcimer Champion and DulcimerCrossing instructor, Matthew Dickerson, will share his knowledge and experience in our March Leap Forward in Your Musical Understanding Live Event for Premium Members today.

Log in with your Premium Membership to access this lesson today:

4 pm PDT | 5 pm MDT | 6 pm CDT | 7 pm EDT

That Membership also lets you view the Archive Videos of the previous lessons:

Circle of 5ths/Ionian Mode Week 1

Dorian Mode Week 2

Aeolian Mode Week 3

Mixolydian Mode Week 4

 

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Leap Forward Week 3

Leap Forward Week 3

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?

Aeolian Scales Melody String

Aeolian Scales Across Strings

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)

Homework:

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

Resources Needed:

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

Star of the County Down Em

Star of the County Down Bm

Star of the County Down Am

Wayfaring Stranger Em

Self-Assessment based on Student Performance Tasks 

 

Protected: Leap Forward Week 2 Homework

Protected: Leap Forward Week 2 Homework

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Posted by on January 16, 2020 in chromatic mountain dulcimer, dulci-bro, fiddle, hammered dulcimer, lessons, Live Events, mountain dulcimer, music theory, special event

 

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Leap Forward Week 2

Leap Forward Week 2

In this week’s lesson we’ll look at the DORIAN (mountain minor) MODE.

Thursday, Jan 16th 4-5 pm PST = 5-6 MST = 6-7 CST = 7-8 EST

Premium Members of Dulcimercrossing.com can access this lesson by logging in and clicking on the link at the LIVE EVENTS SCHEDULE and clicking on the Zoom meeting link.

If you missed the first session which was available to both Premium and Basic Members, you can click on the WATCH the VIDEO ARCHIVE link on your respective LIVE EVENTS Pages when logged in to the site.

There is still time to join the class and Leap Forward in your Musical Understanding in 2020!

 

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Posted by on January 2, 2020 in chromatic mountain dulcimer, dulci-bro, fiddle, hammered dulcimer, Live Events, mountain dulcimer, music theory, special event

 

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The Hammered Dulcimer Focus…

The Hammered Dulcimer Focus…

This class begins on Thursday, Jan 2, 2020!

Take this quiz and get ready: https://owlmountainmusic.com/leap-forward/

 

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New Theory Class for Premium Members

New Theory Class for Premium Members

by Steve Eulberg

Dulcimers as if Music Theory Matters

Music Theory as if Dulcimers Matter

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!)

Notes from the Class Planning

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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Holiday Tune Lessons

Holiday Tune Lessons

by Steve Eulberg

To help get you into the spirit and to further equip your musicianship, we have several lessons for playing Christmas Holiday tunes on both kinds of dulcimers in several different tunings!

(Click on each title to see the sample lesson page)

Remember that both Basic and Premium Members have access to ALL the lessons ALL the time! Join Here


Angels We Have Heard On High (Mountain & Hammered) DAA, DAd tunings Key of D Steve Eulberg

Breaking Up Christmas (Mountain & Hammered) Keys of A and D Tunings: AEa, EAA, DAd, DAd capo 4; dddd; dddd reverse capo 1) Steve Eulberg

Children’s Song of the Nativity (Hammered Dulcimer) Key of G Linda Thomas

Comfort, Comfort (Mountain Dulcimer D’DAd tuning) Key of D Steve Eulberg

God Rest Ye… (Hammered Dulcimer, in 5 different keys) Steve Eulberg

Good King Wenceslas (Mountain Dulcimer DAd tuning) Deborah Hamouris

I Wonder as I Wander (Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer) DAC tuning Keys of Am and Dm Steve Eulberg

Jingle Bells (Hammered Dulcimer) Key of G Linda Ratcliff (Mountain Dulcimer) DAA, DAd, DGd tunings Keys of D and G Steve Eulberg

Jolly Old St. Nicholas (Hammered Dulcimer) Key of G Linda Ratcliff (Mountain Dulcimer DAA, DAd tunings Key of D Steve Eulberg

Joy to the World (Hammered Dulcimer) Keys of D and G Linda Ratcliff (Mountain Dulcimer) DAA, DAd tunings Steve Eulberg

Little Drummer Boy (Hammered Dulcimer) Key of D Linda Ratcliff

O, Mary Had A Baby (Mountain Dulcimer) DAC Steve Eulberg

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Hammered Dulcimer) Key of D Linda Ratcliff

Silent Night (Mountain & Hammered Dulcimer) DAA, DAd tunings Key of D Steve Eulberg

Still, Still, Still (Mountain & Hammered Dulcimer) DAA, DAd tunings Key of D Steve Eulberg

Stir Up Your Power (Hammered Dulcimer) Key of D Steve Eulberg

Up On the Housetop (Hammered Dulcimer) Key of D Linda Ratcliff (Mountain Dulcimer) DAA, DAd Key of D Steve Eulberg

We Three Kings (Hammered Dulcimer Keys of Em-G Linda Ratcliff (Mountain Dulcimer) DAC Keys of Dm-F Steve Eulberg

 

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