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Barlow Knife (New Lesson)

Barlow Knife (New Lesson)

By Linda Ratcliff

The Barlow knife design dates back 400 years, and is a type of folding pocket knife that features double or single blades that open at one end only. The knife-style bears the name of a man named Barlow of Sheffield, England, one of the earliest and most famous makers. This knife has been in the back pocket of Americans since the beginning, and its dependable design and minimalistic features make it a classic to own. Fifty years ago, you could buy one for $2.00, but they cost quite a bit more today.

The song about the Barlow knife is an old-time southern Appalachian tune that is credited to the music of Henry Reed (Glen Lyn, VA), who called the tune “Cabin Creek,” and Franklin George (Bluefield, WV), who knew it as Barlow Knife. The tune is usually played as an instrumental, with perhaps one verse only sung.

Steve & Vi playing Barlow Knife on the streets of Fort Collins

 

In this lesson, Steve Eulberg teaches hammered dulcimer players how to play the melody, backup, and harmony for Barlow Knife. Enjoy this video with Vi “The Fiddler” Wickam and Steve Eulberg playing Barlow Knife together. You can clearly hear the twin harmony in the arrangement. Barlow Knife is included on their Fiddle Whamdiddle CD.
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As always, if you have any questions, always feel free to ask Steve or myself.
Happy dulcimering,
Linda
 
 

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Dampers on Hammered Dulcimer

Dampers on Hammered Dulcimer

Steve Eulberg introduces the tool of dampers, how they work and how they can be used on the hammered dulcimer in this new lesson set.

Changing the timbre of the tone is the thing he likes because it broadens the sonic palette for playing the sweet music!

Here is the lesson set.

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Stir Up Your Power for Hammered Dulcimer

Stir Up Your Power for Hammered Dulcimer

A new seasonal lesson for Hammered Dulcimer features an original tune by Steve Eulberg.HarkCover

Steve wrote this tune as a song for his congregation to sing in the season of Advent when he was an inner city pastor in Kansas City.  Guy George later covered it and the two of them have played it on stage a few times at festival appearances.  The tune is part of Steve’s Hark, the Glad Sound recording and is found in his book Dulcimer-Friendly Worship, Vol 1: the season of Advent.

Take a look at a preview below:

 

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Dulci-Tune Hammered Dulcimer Accessory

Dulci-Tune Hammered Dulcimer Accessory

by Steve Eulberg

After using a pitch pipe, a tuning fork, a note from another instrument, then a Korg tuner with a tuning clip (which helps to isolate the pitches that are being tuned in the midst of a noisy room), I am so glad to see this new tool for helping hammered dulcimer players!
Dusty Strings has partnered with Snark to create the perfect accessory for those of us who would rather play than spend all day tuning our instruments!  I have filmed an introductory review for you here:

It is available from Owl Mountain Music, Inc. and several other dulcimer stores.  This might be the perfect gift for a loved one…including yourself!

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2015 in hammered dulcimer, subscriber news

 

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Another Jig Will Do for Hammered Dulcimer

Another Jig Will Do for Hammered Dulcimer

An Irish Slip Jig in 9/8 time for Hammered Dulcimer!

Lesson by Steve Eulberg.  Here is the demonstration of the tune:

 

Take a look at a preview below:

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AnotherJigCover.inddThis tune is featured in (and is the title for) Steve’s 2009 Book/CD which just had its 4th printing this year:  Another Jig Will Do:  Songs & Tunes of the Angles and the Celts

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2015 in hammered dulcimer, lessons

 

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The Dulcimer Orchestra Library Project…

…and the Berkeley Dulcimer Orchestra (California)

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…and the Colorado Dulcimer Orchestra (Colorado)

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Colorado Dulcimer Orchestra

…and the Northeast Dulcimer Orchestra  (Connecticut)

 

…Are all part of a growing movement of dulcimer players who gather to play multi-part music from a classical repertoire.

The Dulcimer Orchestra Library Project gathers, commissions and provides accessible arrangements of classical tunes from around the world for dulcimer ensembles.

The Goal of the project is to provide resources for dulcimer players who wish to improve their performing skills and experience the joy of shared creative musical experiences in ensembles large and small.

To be in the loop, signup for the Dulcimer Orchestra Library Newsletter here.

To help support the creation of new arrangements for the Orchestra, consider supporting Steve Eulberg’s Patreon Campaign here.

 

 

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Playing Blues on Dulcimer

Playing Blues on Dulcimer

Someone once told me that I couldn’t play blues on the dulcimer.  “The dulcimer is too pretty for the blues.”  I disagree.

If you can have the blues, you can play the blues on whatever you want!

Look at these introductions to playing blues on hammered and mountain dulcimer and dulci-bro.

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