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3-D Playing Lesson by Deborah J Hamouris

3-D Playing Lesson by Deborah J Hamouris

by Steve Eulberg

We are excited to announce a new Mountain Dulcimer Lesson Series by Bay area teacher Deborah DJ Hamouris.  Deborah teaches at the famed Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley and is the Director of the annual Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering which takes place in May.

In this lesson, Deborah takes us beyond playing melody only with a drone. You will be playing melody, harmony, and ornaments – and she calls this the 3D Method.

Amazing Grace, 3D Method is demonstrated here by DJ.  She plays the final version through for us.

When you become a subscriber at DulcimerCrossing.com, you have access to all of DJ’s lessons all of the time!

 
 

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Dulcimer Lesson Deal from Erin Mae

Dulcimer Lesson Deal from Erin Mae

by Steve Eulberg

DulcimerCrossing is pleased to have Erin Mae as one of our instructors.

NEW! 6-Week Online Mountain Dulcimer Classes

Sign up for six weeks of intensive learning from the comfort of your own home.   

You get:

  • A weekly live 45-minute class taught by Erin Mae
  • Practice assignments each week
  • Handouts provided as .pdf files
  • Video archives of each lesson

Register TODAY:

  • Registration for 6-Week Online Classes is $120 [just $20/week!]
  • Pay in full at the time of registration or choose weekly payments
  • Payments are collected via Paypal
  • A minimum of 4 participants is required for the class to commence
  • The first TEN registrants will receive 10% off their full class registration (select Early Bird discount during registration)Classes start next week!


 CHRISTMAS SALES!!


1-Purchase a hard-copy CD or instructional book and receive a FREE digital copy.
 This way, you can give the physical copy away as a Christmas present, while still enjoying the digital version for yourself. 

Visit My Store to purchase books and CDs. After you have completed your purchase, email your receipt to erin@erinmaemusic.com and I will email back your FREE digital download of the same title(s). 

2- Prepay for 6 private lessons and receive the 7th lesson free. Gift cards available upon request. The lesson recipient will have one year to use the lessons.

Private lessons are $40/hour and are offered both online and in-person in Wichita, KS. Learn more about lessons by visiting My Website. To prepay for six lessons and get the seventh FREE, use this link: Paypal.me. I will email you with details, send gift cards, and set up the first lesson as soon as your payment processes.

 **These sales are good through December 31st, 2018… for the early   shoppers and the procrastinators too! 🙂 **

~Enjoy Life~
Erin Mae

 

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Tam Kearney Dulcimers

Tam Kearney Dulcimers

by Steve Eulberg

I was picking through my photo archives and was so delighted to uncover these photos!

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Tam Kearney, co-founder of Toronto’s Fiddler’s Green and dulcimer-builder

Tam Kearney was a mainstay in the Toronto folk music scene after growing up in Glasgow and then moving to Canada in the 1960s.  Unfortunately for us, he passed in 2013.  (Read Ian Robb‘s eulogy in SingOut! Magazine here.)

I was on tour in Toronto in March of 2017 and was able to play a house concert for Lynn Westerhout, Tam’s spouse, and she allowed me to borrow and play on (2) of his hand-crafter instruments for the concert and the day of workshops the following day.

(You can read my blogpost about the concert here)

The first dulcimer I am calling Shamrock because of the soundhole shapes.

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The second dulcimer I am calling Heart because of the soundhole shapes.  (For some reason the shamrock inlay adorns the heart dulcimer!)

I wonder how many more treasures like these are spread across North America?

Let us know when you spot one, see if you can play it, take pictures and we’ll share it here!

 

 

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Chicken Reel New Lesson

Chicken Reel New Lesson

Larry Conger teaches a new mountain dulcimer lesson series on DulcimerCrossing.com

(I can’t hear this tune without also hearing the memory of the cartoon character, Foghorn Leghorn’s voice saying, “boy, I say boy, ya BOTHer me!”)

Here is a demo of Larry playing the tune.

This fun tune makes use of hammer-ons and pull-offs and is a delight for both performers and listeners!

Subscribe and have access to the whole lesson series and learn Larry’s tricks and tips!

 

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Historic Dulcimers in England

Historic Dulcimers in England

by Steve Eulberg

I was honored to be the American mountain dulcimer tutor for the Nonsuch Dulcimer Club’s Fall Festival in Malvern, England last month.

Thanks to Geoff Reeve-Black, I was also able to see some historic mountain dulcimers from his collection that I am pleased to show to you here:

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This one was built by Edd Presnell from North Carolina.  Some people find the traditional wooden tuning pegs to be a challenge (and a chore!) but these operated smoothly, AND accurately, even though I was coaxing the instrument into a couple of different tunings.

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The second instrument was built by Sam Carrell of Tennessee.   Like the Presnell dulcimer, this one also had friction pegs, but has the classic “fiddle” shape that Mike Clemmer also builds with in Townsend, Tennessee.  Like Mike’s, this one is also built to be strung as a 5-string instrument, but Geoff had it set up as a 4 equi-distant string instrument.

As I took the photo of Geoff, holding the Presnell dulcimer above, he quipped:  “Ah, a photo of two fossils.”

That makes me one grateful dulcimer paleontologist for sure!

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And here is a view of our multi-instrument jam in the Lawnside Room on the first night!  (This was just a harbinger of all the good music shared throughout the weekend.)

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And this photo is the clear evidence that this dulcimer festival was taking place in England.  Where tea (and coffee) were served twice a day, and after tea-time, the bar opened for the rest of the evening, throughout dinner and the evening jam session.

 

 

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Theatricum Botanicum

Theatricum Botanicum

by Steve Eulberg

While on tour in southern California in August, DulcimerCrossing instructors, Erin Mae Lewis and Steve Eulberg arrived early for their gig, Peter Alsop’s Kids Koncerts (Dulcimer-Wellcimer) at the “magical treehouse” of Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum.

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Erin took these photos as we prepared for the pre-school kids concert on Sunday morning.

As Erin relates in this highlight video from their recent Concert Window show, Steve was playing this new composition, inspired by the setting, during the sound check for his guitar.

She came to the stage from the second floor green room and joined in to complete the tune, which they named for the location that inspired it.

This Highlight Video will also be available on the Live Events page at DulcimerCrossing.com.

Enjoy!

 

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Mountain Dulcimer Sighting!

Mountain Dulcimer Sighting!

by Steve Eulberg

It is always exciting to uncover or bump into another dulcimer sighting, in the course of one’s daily life (and/or internet searching!)

In this video there is a visual and audio sighting of Frank Profitt playing and singing the ballad Barbara Allen from 8:46-11:09.

His part of the video footage is from the Alan Lomax Collection

The Theme:  The Cultures of the Scots-Irish in the New world, the role that music plays on both sides of the Atlantic, during the passage across the sea and  today.

For further bio about Frank Profitt and his music see Folk-Legacy Records.

 

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Slipping Dulcimer?

Slipping Dulcimer?

by Linda Ratcliff

Either you let your life slip away without doing the things you want to do, 
(like learning to play the dulcimer) or you just get up and do them.
– Roger von Oech 

Slipping Dulcimer?

Do you feel like you’re constantly chasing your dulcimer? I’ve heard and read comments from several people who can’t seem to get the dulcimer to stay put on their laps when playing. As a matter of fact, I am sure most of us experienced this problem when we first began to learn to play.

I have several suggestions for you that might help, if you’re having this issue.

  • The solution that I’ve seen most often is to attach a strap to the dulcimer and wrap the strap around your back.
  • Another trick that many folks do is to put a piece of non-slip shelf paper on their lap, and then set the dulcimer on top of that.
  • Some people raise their knees by resting their feet on a footstool. There are several varieties of footstools availabile online. But with a footstool or not, sitting in a chair that is at the right height is also a must.
  • I saw a performance by one dulcimer player who put his dulcimer case on his lap, and then put the dulcimer right back in his case and played that way. That looked awkward to me, but he did an excellent job.
  • On YouTube, you will see professional dulcimer performers standing up, with their dulcimer set on a dulcimer stand.
  • I’ve also seen people sitting on the floor cross-legged while playing. Now I can already feel my back aching, thinking about that idea – but look at Steve enjoying nature on the beach, and how his knee keeps the dulcimer in place.

If you’re having this problem … choose a solution. But whatever you do, don’t give up and put your dulcimer back in the case … just because it won’t stay put.

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

 

Happy dulcimering,
Linda
 

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Frank Proffitt

Frank Proffitt

by Steve Eulberg

In Pete Seeger‘s television series, Rainbow Quest, Episode 26, he hosted folklorist Frank Warner.  At about 26:27 they begin discussing Frank Proffitt, including some film of him playing his banjo at the Newport Folk Festival (begins at 40:09)

Frank is most well-known for preserving the song Tom Dooley,

Earlier in their conversation, Pete relates an exchange of letters between Howie Mitchell and Frank Proffitt about dulcimer building.  (38:27-38)

(Note:  Howie Mitchell’s Hammered Dulcimers:  How I Build them, was one of the references that I consulted before and during the building of my first two hammered dulcimers.)

 
 

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Live Event with Wendy Songe!

Live Event with Wendy Songe!

UPCOMING LIVE CONCERT by WENDY SONGE
WEDNESDAY
May 23rd
8:30 p.m. EDT | 7:30 CDT | 6:30 MDT | 5:30 PDT


Enjoy Wendy playing “King of the Fairies” on her mountain dulcimer.

 

Wendy Songe is an award winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet, performer, teacher, and Nationally touring musician. Her music weaves an eclectic tapestry of diverse instruments, cultures, and songs from across the globe. Wendy promotes music education, teaching private, group and online lessons to students of every age and experience level. She also volunteers her time and talent, giving hundreds of hours of hands-on music enrichment to disabled adults, through her Pay-it-Forward initiative with community non-profit outreach agencies.

Wendy’s Concert Window show on Wednesday, May 23rd will feature the mountain dulcimer. The event is for ALL members. It’s a concert you don’t want to miss! Click here to attend.

Support Wendy on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/WendySonge/posts

 

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