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Concert Window Highlight: Katie Moritz

Concert Window Highlight: Katie Moritz

by Steve Eulberg

At DulcimerCrossing.com, we love being able to present all kinds of dulcimer performances for our Members.

We finished last month with a concert by 2013 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion Katie Mortiz and her guitar side-kick Skip Siddick.

Here is the Highlight Video she chose and we are excited to share it with you.

Premium Members have access to Live Events like this every month.

Basic Members have access to these Live Events every quarter.

Want to join us, too?

As Katie demonstrates, this is a LOT of fun!

 

 

 

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Live Event Tomorrow Night!

Live Event Tomorrow Night!

by Steve Eulberg

Matthew Dickerson, our newest Hammered Dulcimer instructor at DulcimerCrossing.com, will be LIVE on Monday, June 4th on Concert Window for a free concert for Subscribers (Join Now!).

8 pm EDT; 7 pm CDT; 6 pm MDT; 5 pm PDT.

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You can tune in here.

Watch Matthew’s amazing performance of Vangelis’ Chariots of Fire at the Original Dulcimer Player’s annual Evart FunFest here:

 

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New Hammered Dulcimer Teacher

New Hammered Dulcimer Teacher

by Steve Eulberg

We are pleased to welcome 2012 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Matthew Dickerson, to our roster of instructors at DulcimerCrossing.

Matthew introduces himself here:

Matthew joins our faculty of 15 respected and gifted instructors of mountain and hammered dulcimer and fiddle.

We are filming and editing his lessons and they will be available for all subscribers on dulcimercrossing.com.

Subscribe and you’ll have unlimited access to all of his lessons, and those of all of our instructors!

 

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Time for a Tune-Up

Time for a Tune-Up

by Linda Ratcliff

When something seems unbalanced and out of rhythm, just a song can tune things up in a moment.  The power of music is therapy.
– Anthony Liccione

Time for a Tune-Up

Tuning a hammered dulcimer for the first time can be pretty intimidating. The first couple times you tune your dulcimer it may take quite a while, and you’ll think it was very difficult task. But, with practice, you will get the hang of it and soon you won’t even think twice about tuning.

I use a chromatic electronic tuner to make the job easier, and Steve and I recommend the Snark™ Dulci-Tuner. With these senior eyes, I find the display to be very readable, and it slips right over the hammered dulcimer tuning pin. You can read more about the tuner in Steve’s blog here.

You can order the Snark™ Dulci-Tuner from Steve by clicking on this link

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In the Absolute Beginners section at Dulcimer Crossing, our lesson called String-Side UP addresses many of the questions and issues you may have with tuning your hammered dulcimer. Video #17 covers the mechanics of tuning. Video #18 includes 4 tips to help with tuning, and addresses issues if you are experiencing difficulty trying to get both sides of your bridges in tune.

In addition, we offer The Tuning Game on our FREE page, to motivate you to practice your tuning more often. 

The Tuning Game

The thing to be careful of is when you are tuning a string is to make sure you are turning the the right tuning pin. If the needle on the electronic tuner is not moving, STOP! You are on the wrong string, and may turn too far and break it.

Some people ask if they need to tune their hammered dulcimer EVERY time they practice. I find when my dulcimer is in perfect tuning, I play better and practice longer. If I only have about 15 minutes to practice, I usually skip the tuning. But when I’m going to have a serious session of working out a new tune, I tune first and then warm up. Here’s some tuning guidelines you might want to keep in mind.

    1. Give your dulcimer a thorough tuning at least once a week – don’t ever let it get way out of tune.
    1. Always carry your tuning wrench and electronic tuner in your dulcimer case.
    1. Turn the tuning pin SLOWLY, while softly plucking continuously.
  1. Give your instrument a final checkup by matching the tones of your octaves at each bridge marker.

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As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask Steve or myself.

 

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Peekaboo Waltz for Hammered Dulcimer

Peekaboo Waltz for Hammered Dulcimer

Steve Eulberg has created a new lesson for this delightful old-time waltz, the Peekaboo Waltz to be played on the hammered dulcimer.

This lesson features two different ways to play chord back up (such as Steve plays in his duo Fiddle Whamdiddle with Vi Wickam) as well as a fancier solo version.

Subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com to have access to the whole lesson set!

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Caledonian Club for St. Patrick’s Day`

Caledonian Club for St. Patrick’s Day`

by Steve Eulberg

We have a new Strathspey to learn in time for St. Patrick’s Day for both Mountain and Hammered Dulcimers!

Steve introduces the Mountain Dulcimer series here:

He introduces the Hammered Dulcimer series here:

Subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com and you’ll have access to all of these lessons, and MORE!

 

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Rich Chords Part 1 & 2

Rich Chords Part 1 & 2

by Linda Ratcliff & Steve Eulberg

Your life will be richer when you use rich chords. – Steve Eulberg

Recently, we uploaded a new series of lessons about how to play Rich Chords on the hammered dulcimer.

Rich chords are chords that have other notes added to them, in addition to the 3 notes that go with either the major or the minor chords. To set the stage for building rich chords, in this video Steve begins the series by explaining the basis or construction of major and minor chords.

HD Video streaming too slowly? Try the standard definition.As you work your way through Rich Chords Part 1 and Rich Chords Part 2, you will learn to identify and play major 7th chords, dominant 7th chords, 6th chords, minor 7th chords and more.

Toward the end the series, Steve applies everything we’ve learned to the old familiar tune, “You Are My Sunshine.” The arrangement in his final video of the series was my favorite – where he used dominant 7th chords to create a “bluesified” rendition of this well-known song.

As always Members of DulcimerCrossing.com have access to all of the episode in this lesson series.  Join here

 
 

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