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Map Out Your Practice like a Workout

Map Out Your Practice like a Workout

by Linda Ratcliff

Map out your practice session out like a workout.
When athletes are getting ready to go for a run, they usually warm up first with some stretches to loosen their muscles. Then they walk for 3-5 minutes, gradually working up to a brisk walk, then jogging, and finally breaking out into a full-steam-ahead run. As they end their run and the workout, most athletes cool down by walking briskly at first and then slower, and finally ending with a few more stretches.

For musicians, a pretty common scenario is to start with scales as a warm-up. I like to start with arpeggios up and down my hammered dulcimer. These exercises serve to loosen up your muscles and get your brain thinking about technique. Next you should move on to the “working” part of your practice time, where you plug away at new tunes. Finally it’s fun to cool down by revisiting some old favorite tunes that you already know well.

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

 

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Are You a Teacher?

Are You a Teacher?

by Linda Ratcliff

A good teacher is like a candle.  It consumes itself to light the way for others.
– Unknown

Are You a Teacher?

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up soon on May 8, 2018. If you are a dulcimer student with an awesome teacher, you might want to start thinking of a way you could surprise your teacher on this occasion. Maybe you could learn a new tune – all on your own. Or maybe you could give your teacher a handmade gift certificate for a dinner out with you; the gift of time is always the best gift.
The Great Teacher
Steve and I also want to support dulcimer teachers around the world, and show our appreciation for their dedication. These are some of the benefits we offer to teachers who join as members of Dulcimer Crossing.

  1. A list of National Musical Education Standards and how our lessons address them.
  2. Scholarships for TEACHERS at these festivals: Colorado Dulcimer FestivalKentucky Music Week, and Western Carolina University (which has a Mountain Dulcimer Teacher Program).
  3. Scholarships for young STUDENTS at these festivals: Colorado Dulcimer FestivalKentucky Music Week, and Western Carolina University.
  4. Scholarships at festivals for all students: Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering.
  5. A special subscription rate for you.
  6. A special subscription page with a reduced rate for your students.
  7. Access for teachers to the weekly video from mentors: Habits for Your Healthy Musical Habitat.
  8. An invitation to share your tips in 30-60 sec videos. We may include them in the weekly video: Habits for Your Healthy Musical Habitat.
  9. In addition, you may wish to consult with Steve Eulberg for our Teacher Mentoring Program via Skype – a service of Owl Mountain Music, Inc.

Steve Eulberg
All of these benefits are also listed on our website here. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask Steve or myself.

 

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Rhythm by Robert Force

Rhythm by Robert Force

DulcimerCrossing is pleased to have Robert Force introduce his Lesson series on Rhythm here:

Read the most recent newsletter about Robert and his lessons here.

Subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com to get the benefit of Robert’s Lessons!

 

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New Teacher: Robert Force

New Teacher: Robert Force

DulcimerCrossing is pleased to welcome Robert Force to the faculty.

Robert brings years of experience and a delight in the sounds and ways the diatonic dulcimer works.

Watch his introductory video here:

His first lesson set is about Rhythm (check it out here)

Read the most recent newsletter about Robert and his lessons here.

Subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com to get the benefit of Robert’s Lessons!

 

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Got a New Mountain Dulcimer for Christmas?

Got a New Mountain Dulcimer for Christmas?

We have just the thing to help you play it!

The String-Side Up Lesson Series is for Absolute Beginning mountain dulcimer players and assumes you have no prior experience with dulcimers.  This 31-episode series starts with the parts of the dulcimer, takes you through what is happening with your right and left hands, including strumming, picking (right hand), fingering or using a noter (left hand), playing chords, noodling for harmonies, learning tunes, playing in a linear fashion (up and down the fretboard) and across the string (flatpicking) and making practical use of portable chord shapes to be effective and flexible in your playing.

Our Goal:  When this series is completed, you are no longer a Beginner!

Subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com and have access to all of these lessons!

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2014 in lessons, mountain dulcimer, subscriber news

 

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Introducing our newest Guest Instructor: Butch Ross

DulcimerCrossing is excited to have Butch Ross teaching on our site.

He introduces himself and his lessons in this video:

Check out some of his lessons here:

Right Hand Technique

Internal Metronome

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in uncategorized

 

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