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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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Classic Rock Licks! New Lesson Series

Classic Rock Licks! New Lesson Series

Coming June 1, we are excited to announce a new mountain dulcimer series:

Classic Rock Licks on the Classic Mountain Dulcimer, taught by Steve Eulberg.

Using a standard mountain dulcimer, exploring famous licks and riffs from Classic Rock music, Steve finds and demonstrates the ones that need no extra frets, the ones that require a 6+ or a 1+ fret, and those that sound terrific with some string bending.

Subscribe and you’ll have access to all of these lessons.  There are 15 to begin with, with more in the filming queue.

If you are already a subscriber, tune in on June 1st when they go live!

 

 

 

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Live Event Highlight!

Live Event Highlight!

by Steve Eulberg

In January, dulcimercrossing instructors, Steve Eulberg and Erin Mae Lewis, teamed up for a Live Event for dulcimercrossing.com at the home of Abby Knaub and family in Lakewood, Colorado.

Here is a highlight from the end of the concert:

Basic Members have access to these live events every quarter, Premium Members have access to them on a monthly basis.

Subscribe to DulcimerCrossing.com and you’ll have access, too!

 

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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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I Wonder as I Wander (DAC) by Steve Eulberg

I Wonder as I Wander (DAC) by Steve Eulberg

Steve Eulberg has long been taken by this traditional American tune from Appalachia, collected and added to by John Jacob Niles.

Here Steve introduces the tune and tells the story and describes how to tune for the Aeolian mode, in which this tune resides.

Here is the lesson set.

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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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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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