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Advent Musical Devotions

Advent Musical Devotions

by Steve Eulberg

HarkCoverIn the busyness of the season before Christmas and holiday celebrations, we can get so lost in the preparations that we lose our focus and feel like the joy of the occasion is lost, and we feel like we’ve been run over by the holiday.

Once again, I am offering Advent Musical Devotions delivered to your email box to help you take a few moments to breathe and recenter.

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A new feature this year is being able to choose whether you’d like

to receive these musical offerings Weekly or Daily.  (You can make this choice when you sign up here.)

These offerings feature music recorded on several of my recordings, paired with images, many of which I have captured

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in my journeys across the nation and world, and within my own heart.

May you be blessed this Advent season of preparation, so that you may be a blessing to others.

 

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Posted by on December 5, 2017 in special event, subscriber news

 

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Live Event! Karen Alley

Live Event! Karen Alley

Karen Alley, 2014 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, has been on the faculty of the Colorado Dulcimer Festival for years and shared one of her Habits for a Healthy Music Habitat with premium subscribers of DulcimerCrossing.com.

This Sunday, December 3rd, she will play a live, interactive ConcertWindow Show for DulcimerCrossing Subscribers!

[If you are not familiar with ConcertWindow, this is an internet platform that allows performers and watcher/listeners to connect with each other from the convenience of their own locations, using their computer, tablet or phone!  DulcimerCrossing began offering these as a benefit for their members January 2016.]

About the artist:

Karen was playing the fiddle at a folk festival in 2004 when she discovered the hammered dulcimer, and found that she could make much nicer sounds on the dulcimer than on the fiddle. Hammered dulcimer rapidly became a passion, and she now teaches and performs across the US.

Her repertoire ranges from Celtic to classical to hymns to show tunes, and her style combines percussive techniques with the rich harmonies and broad dynamics that make the dulcimer one of the most expressive instruments used in the folk community.

She has released two albums showcasing a variety of styles, as well as two books: “Beyond Melodies, Using Chords to Add Harmony,” which demystifies music theory and playing harmonies with melody lines, and “Christmas with your Dulcimer,” a book of arrangements of favorite Christmas carols for beginner and intermediate players.

When she’s not playing the dulcimer, Karen is a glaciologist specializing in the ice shelves of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. She also teaches in the geology department at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

http://www.dulcimercrossing.com/dc_liveEvents_pm.html

 

 

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Hammered Dulcimer Highlight

Hammered Dulcimer Highlight

Steve Eulberg gave a Hammered Dulcimer Concert Window show for Premium Subscribers at DulcimerCrossing on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Here is the highlight video.

Subscribe to a Premium Membership at DulcimerCrossing to have access to all the Live Events.

 

Introducing New Fiddle Instructor

Introducing New Fiddle Instructor

by Steve Eulberg & Linda Ratcliff

DulcimerCrossing is pleased to introduce our newest instructor: Vi Wickam  (Learn more about Vi on the Teacher’s Page or click on the video below:

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Vi Wickam is a 3rd generation fiddler from Colorado. He has finished in the finals at the Grand Master Fiddling Championship and has also taught there. Together with Steve Eulberg, he is the other half of the band, Fiddle Whamdiddle. He is also the host and owner of mytalentforge.com which features in-depth fiddle lessons, guitar (and some dulcimer lessons by Steve.) Click HERE to see Vi’s introductory video.

Vi is starting off by teaching several of the fiddle tunes that were recorded on the Old School Old-Times albumn by Fiddle Whamdiddle.
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Are you saying, “I know what a fiddle is but what is a whamdiddle?”  The whamdiddle is a slang name for the hammered dulcimer; “hog fiddle” is a slang name for the mountain dulcimer, both are traditional American folk instruments.  Together with the fiddle they make for a porch-picking, knee-slapping good time.

 

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To purchase the Book

To purchase the Downloadable Book & CD Combo
Here is the list of the fiddle lessons uploaded so far.

 

 

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Wendy Songe Premium Concert Highlight

Wendy Songe Premium Concert Highlight

We are so excited to Wendy Songe was able to play a Concert Window show for our Premium DulcimerCrossing Members in February!

Erin Mae Lewis, one of our instructors, is in the process of scheduling the Live Events Calendar for the remainder of the year.

Basic Members have access to Live Events once a quarter and Premium Members have access once a month!

 
 

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Advent Dulcimer Devotions return…

Advent Dulcimer Devotions return…

by Steve Eulberg

Imagine this:  A weekly email playing gentle music of instrumental ensembles featuring dulcimers, with a message of preparation that is serene, clear-sighted and hope-filled–an anti-dote to the crazed, blurry-eyed busyness of Christmas preparations (that began in some locations back in October.)

Advent is the 4-week season in the Christian tradition that marks the beginning of a new year in the life of the “called-out” people of God known as the church.  While we gather and prepare to celebrate the birth of a savior, we also gather and prepare for the return of the savior in the days when the light from the sun is shortest each day.  (In the northern hemisphere, that is.)

This is free and available to you and anyone with whom you share this link!

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2016 in special event, subscriber news

 

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Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast

Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast

Episode #015 The Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast features DulcimerCrossing co-founder Steve Eulberg

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Wayne Jiang and Patricia Delich host this informative conversation with players of the mountain dulcimer across the country and across genres.  This edition features samples of music from several of Steve’s recordings:

Music:
• Black Tail Weasel from the CD Old School Old Time (2012)
• Spotted Pony from the CD Old School Old Time (2012)
• Dancing with Wu-Li from the CD I Celebrate Life! (2005)
• Seton Sands from the CD I Celebrate Life! (2005)
• I Lift Up My Eyes (Ps121) from the CD Dulcimer-Friendly Worship, Vol 2: A Service of Evening Prayer (2000)
• Soaring: Steve Eulberg and Erin Mae Lewis (2014) Live performance
• Boil ‘Em Cabbage Down from the CD Old School Old Time (2012)
• Waly, Waly from the CD Soaring (2001)

Click on the image above (or here) to listen to the podcast or find it in the iTunes Store.

 

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