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Erin Mae Lewis featured in Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast

Erin Mae Lewis featured in Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast

Here is another resource for mountain dulcimer players!

HeartsofDulcimerDVDcoverWayne Jiang and Patricia Delich, the producers of the Hearts of the Dulcimer DVD, have created a regular Podcast, called Hearts of the Dulcimer.

The most recent episode (#007) features our own DulcimerCrossing teacher,  Erin Mae Lewis, not as a Bond girl, but as the Secret Agent of Dulcimer herself! ErinMaeHeartsofDulcimerPodcast

Each episode features several explorations of the dulcimer, its history, its players, its past and its future.

This episode features the playing of Erin Mae, together with her sister, Amber (from their duo Scenic Roots) and a surprise jam session with Steve Eulberg at the Kindred XL Gathering in Jughandle, California August 2014.

How can you listen and subscribe to this podcast?

1. Click the photo of Erin playing, or follow this link to the Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast page.

2.  Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes

3.  Listen to the Podcast on Stitcher.com

Subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com to explore Erin Mae’s lessons!

 

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Chromatic Scale Patterns

Chromatic Scale Patterns

Erin Mae Lewis teaches a new lesson on the skill of playing what she calls “forward” and “backward” scale patterns.

This is what she uses to move her scales all over her chromatic mountain dulcimer, enabling her to playing the “string-band” keys, as well as the “singing” keys and helps her be not only a welcomed player, but a sought-after player for bluegrass jams sessions!

Her tips will definitely help you, even if you are playing standard mountain dulcimer only.

Subscribe today to have access to ALL of Erin’s lessons!

 

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Erin Mae Lewis’ 30 Minute Practice Session Strategy

Erin Mae Lewis’ 30 Minute Practice Session Strategy

Here is a question that all of our instructors hear often:  How should I practice?

Erin Mae Lewis (formerly Erin Rogers) gives us insights and her suggestions in this lesson in the Mountain Dulcimer Skills section of our website

Take a look at a preview below:

Subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com to see the rest of the lesson!

 
 

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Orphan Girl: New Chromatic Dulcimer Lesson!

Orphan Girl
by Linda Ratcliff

For Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer Players
“Orphan Girl” was written by Gillian Welch, whose musical style combines elements of bluegrass, neotraditional country, Americana, old time string band music and folk into a rustic style that she dubs “American Primitive.” Gillian and David Rawlings included “Orphan Girl” in their debut album, “Revival,” in 1996. This song is somewhat autobiographical, as Gillian was adopted on the day she was born, and spiritual as none of us will be orphans when we finally sit at the Father’s table in heaven.

This lesson is taught by Erin Rogers on the chromatic mountain dulcimer. You can see the lesson descriptions here with a video of Orphan Girl performed by Scenic Roots (our own Erinwith her sister Amber).

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Any New Year’s Resolutions?
Every year, my New Year’s Resolution is to practice my hammered dulcimer more often. How about you?

As always, if you have any questions, you can always ask Steve or myself.

Happy dulcimering,
Linda

 

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What to Do….when you’re snowed in.

by Linda Ratcliff

snowedinMost of you know I live full time in an RV. At the campground where we stay, they don’t believe in plowing. And we live at the low end of the park. Early January, there was ice – on top of snow – on top of ice, with NO hope it would be cleared and we didn’t even try to get out. Now most of you would have used that gift of time to practice your dulcimers. But I began going through our lessons one by one, and found some ways to make improvements.

•Right now, videos are loaded in a jukebox style – such as you see in this screen shot of Orphan Girl.  In addition, I will be linking each video to its own webpage, to facilitate access for mobile device users.

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•I found a better system for converting flash animations to videos for our mobile device users. One by one, I’m reformatting those animations.

•We have been building the Dulcimer Crossing website for 5 years now and, through trial and error, continue to learn better ways of presenting the lessons. We will be re-taping some of the early videos so all the lessons will have the same look and feel. This is a long-term project that may take a year. If there is a particular lesson you would like to see us revise sooner than later – give us a shout. If you want to see which lessons have already been revised, click here.

Angeline the Baker

•This week we added the tablature and animations for our D-A-A lesson on Angeline the Baker, taught by Steve Eulberg for mountain dulcimer players.

As always, if you have any questions, you can always ask Steve or myself.

Happy dulcimering, Linda

 

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Comparing the Chromatic and Diatonic Fretboards

In this FREE SAMPLE LESSON from www.dulcimercrossing.com, Guest Instructor, Erin Rogers, compares the Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer Fretboard with the (close to standard) Diatonic Freboard.

This is the first in Erin’s Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer Lesson Series on our site.

And I just found this treasure:  David Beede, the maker of Erin’s Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer filmed some video on its actual “Birthday”!  Take a look:


Erin will be teaching in Winfield at the Warm-Up Picnic on Saturday, Sept 14, 2013 and Master Class Workshops for the Walnut Valley Festival next Wednesday, Sept 18th, in Winfield.  Then she and her sister, Amber, together known as Scenic Roots, will be featured Performers at the Festival!

 
 

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Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer–The Dark Side?

Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer–The Dark Side?

The debate rages between:

“traditionalists” who argue for a standard diatonic dulcimer (“I don’t want no extra frets bygummit!”);

“neo-traditionalists” who argue for a modified diatonic dulcimer with a 6+ fret (“well it is pretty standard these days”);

“practical-neo-traditionalists” who are supporters of multi-modified diatonic dulcimer with 6+ AND 1+ frets; (“but I NEED that extra fret to play C and F chords!”)

“people on the DARK side” who are supporters of entirely chromatic mountain dulcimers. (“hee, hee, hee…I can play EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE!”)

Names are called, epithets are thrown, opinions are solidified and offered loquaciously…

OK, the final description may be exaggerated in the dulcimer world, BUT, we are human and do have our opinions, dearly treasured, and not-infrequently shared.

Some will say:  “If you want to play a chromatic instrument, get a guitar!”  Others answer, “I already play dulcimer and piano, I don’t want to learn a guitar, too.”

National Champion, Erin Rogers, is one of these latter people.  (Disclosure:  I like to tease her about “going over to the dark side” with her chromatic dulcimer.  She retorts:  “Well, I don’t play a solid body electric, like you do!”—It’s all good.)

We at www.DulcimerCrossing.com are fortunate to have her share her experience of learning to play the Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer, comparing it to her extensive experience and facility with playing the diatonic mountain dulcimer.

Erin has begun a Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer series that we are now offering on our website.  She begins by describing her experience in learning, then reveals the benefits and limitations she’s experience, and moves forward by playing both familiar and unfamiliar tunes in familiar and unfamiliar keys—all without retuning!

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2013 in lessons, mountain dulcimer, music theory

 

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