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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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Protected: Leap Forward Music Theory Homework Session 1

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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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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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New Class for Premium Members in 2020

New Class for Premium Members in 2020

Christmas is coming, and you’re probably thinking about what to buy your children for Christmas. What about a mountain dulcimer? If you’ve already gotten everyone a dulcimer, what about a 6 month membership to Dulcimer Crossing? It’s time to start thinking about these things, since it’s almost that time of year again!

Or you might gift yourself with a membership. 

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!)

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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