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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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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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Dulcimer Articles Archive

Dulcimer Articles Archive

by Steve Eulberg

Since appearing on the cover of Dulcimer Players News in 2002 (see above), Steve has been writing articles to share what he has learned with the dulcimer community.

Dulcimersessions.com was a website hosted by Mel Bay Publications and was coordinated and edited by Lois Hornbostel.  Sadly, the website is no longer hosted and all of the resources published there are lost to the bits and bytes of time in the internet age.

Dulcimer Players News is a quarterly magazine for enthusiasts of both kinds of dulcimer and has been in publication since 1975!  First under the direction of Maddie MacNeilthen Dan and Angie Landrum, it is now published by Ashley Ernst, who has recently taken the helm.

I have written several articles (15) for both outlets about a variety of topics, and because of the vagaries of the internet, I have compiled them on my website here.

  1.  The DulcimerSessions articles (Colorado Dutch Hop, ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime & Still, Still, Still) are all available as downloads to read there.

2.  The pre-2012 Dulcimer Players News articles are available in the DPN archives on issuu.com via clickable links.

The articles published since then are not yet archived, but can be found in back issues.

Topics include:

Playing a Scottish Strathspey

Jazzing it up:  Playing Jazz on dulcimers (1-3-5 tuning and the classic ii-V-I progression)

Playing Backup on Dulcimers (3-part series that features bass lines)

Creating Dulcimer-Friendly Arrangements for Dulcimer Ensembles (5-part series)

Playing Blues on Mountain Dulcimer

Improvising on the Dulcimer “Tweaking Twinkles”

If you missed an issue and can’t find the back issue but are still interested in the topic, contact me and I’ll be certain that you get what you need!

I also need to say, if you haven’t yet subscribed to the incredibly affordable and inestimably valuable resource that is Dulcimer Players News, I urge you hurry and to subscribe today!

 

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Tam Kearney Dulcimers

Tam Kearney Dulcimers

by Steve Eulberg

I was picking through my photo archives and was so delighted to uncover these photos!

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Tam Kearney, co-founder of Toronto’s Fiddler’s Green and dulcimer-builder

Tam Kearney was a mainstay in the Toronto folk music scene after growing up in Glasgow and then moving to Canada in the 1960s.  Unfortunately for us, he passed in 2013.  (Read Ian Robb‘s eulogy in SingOut! Magazine here.)

I was on tour in Toronto in March of 2017 and was able to play a house concert for Lynn Westerhout, Tam’s spouse, and she allowed me to borrow and play on (2) of his hand-crafter instruments for the concert and the day of workshops the following day.

(You can read my blogpost about the concert here)

The first dulcimer I am calling Shamrock because of the soundhole shapes.

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Shamrock headstock detail

The second dulcimer I am calling Heart because of the soundhole shapes.  (For some reason the shamrock inlay adorns the heart dulcimer!)

I wonder how many more treasures like these are spread across North America?

Let us know when you spot one, see if you can play it, take pictures and we’ll share it here!

 

 

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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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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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