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Part 2 of Bluegrass Series

Part 2 of Bluegrass Series

by Linda Ratcliff

Bluegrass has brought more people together and made
more friends than any music in the world.
– Bill Monroe

NEW: Part 2 of our Bluegrass Series

What makes a tune or a song “bluegrass” anyway? Well, if you ask five bluegrass players, you’ll most likely get five different answers. Bluegrass music is usually performed by a group with a guitar, an upright bass, a mandolin, a fiddle, and a banjo, and features “high lonesome” three-part singing. Since most of early bluegrass musicians lived in remote areas, the lyrics of their songs reflected life on the farm or in the hills.

BUT NOW, dulcimer players can learn to become a part of these fun-lovin’ musical groups, and play along with those toe-tappin’ tunes that have caught the heart of so many Americans. We have just uploaded Part 2 of our Bluegrass Series for mountain dulcimer players.

In the video example on our preview page, Steve continues by reviewing a bluegrass lick going up, and then teaching the lick going back down.

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Posted by on June 5, 2017 in lessons, mountain dulcimer



My Grass Is Blue

My Grass Is Blue
by Linda Ratcliff
Steve is introducing a new series of lessons at Dulcimer Crossing –
I’ve gone camping to attend bluegrass festivals, and in the evening – all the musicians like to gather around the campfire and jam.  
But, I have to be honest, my hammered dulcimer has been less than welcome at jams.  
People look at me with suspicion until they’ve heard my backup style.  In this series of lessons,
Steve demonstrates how dulcimer players can fit right in with bluegrass jammers – by learning to play chop chords like a mandolin player.

My favorite part of this lesson comes when Steve teaches  (Read More)

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