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Children’s Song of the Nativity

Children’s Song of the Nativity

Our guest instructor, Linda Thomas, shares one of the beautiful tunes from her collection An Old English Christmas, published by Mel Bay in this 16-episode lesson series. Here is a demonstration of the tune.

Subscribe at dulcimercrossing.com and let Linda teach you how to play this wonderful tune in time for the holidays!

 
 

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Mission: Take the Dulcimer Pledge

Mission:  Take the Dulcimer Pledge

by Steve Eulberg

I have a mission: I am seeking to equip, support, challenge and encourage musicians who play dulcimer.

As I teach across the US in clubs, festivals and workshops, I ask my mountain dulcimer students to raise their right hands and take this pledge.

So, stop whatever you are doing right now, raise your right hand and take this pledge with me. I will make a difference in your life!

 

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Playing Expressively

Playing Expressively

Nina Zanetti’s 12 episode lesson set on playing expressively has all kinds of nuggets in it for musicians of every kind.

Her specific instructions and suggestions apply to the mountain dulcimer, but are applicable if one is a singer, or hammered dulcimer or harmonica player.

Check out the introduction to the series:

The rest of the series is available at http://dulcimercrossing.com/md_ex/exprs/dc_exprs_pre.html. Just sign up and you can see them all!

 
 

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June Apple

June Apple

Linda Thomas, from Kansas City, teaches this fun modal tune for Hammered Dulcimer Players!

She is accompanied by her favorite guitarist, Dan Delancey.  Together they give a fine demonstration of the fun that a mixolydian tune can be on the dulcimer.  Then Linda teaches the tune and how to play back-up chords in an 11-episode lesson set.

Sign up and you can view the whole series here: http://dulcimercrossing.com/ja/dc_ja_hd_pre.html

 
 

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Harmonics Lesson by Nina Zanetti

Harmonics Lesson by Nina Zanetti

You know those beautiful chiming sounds that you hear on recordings or watch people play on the mountain dulcimer?  Those are called harmonics and, when you know where and how to play them, they can be part of your toolkit for playing the mountain dulcimer, too.

Nina Zanetti, 2008 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion and DulcimerCrossing Instructor, is known for her lyrical instrumental finger-style arrangements of classical and celtic tunes.

In this 20-episode lesson set, Nina explains natural and artificial harmonics, teaching how to play them and giving suggestions about when to play them and giving you some exercises to use to become more proficient and confident in using them. Sign up and you can learn all Nina’s secrets here: http://dulcimercrossing.com/harmonics/dc_nz_harmonics_pre.html

 

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Using the Capo

Using the Capo

EwingCaposThe Capo is a tool used by players of many fretted instruments and it is also useful for playing the Mountain Dulcimer!

In this new lesson series, Steve Eulberg demonstrates how to make the best use of the capo on your dulcimer in different tunings.  (DAA, DAd) Sign up and you can see how to make better use of this important tool!

 

 
 

Standard Definition Now an Option!

We have sought to provide the highest quality video in the lessons that we prepare for the dulcimercrossing.com site.

While traveling across the country and talking with several subscribers, however, Steve has heard stories from patient (as well as frustrated) subscribers whose internet connections will not permit the videos to load in a timely manner.

With the project of re-rending all of the videos on our site and moving them to a new host, we have uncovered a solution that is helping these subscribers:

StandardDefinitionImageVimeo automatically creates a “standard definition” version of the video lessons that we upload, which means if you are having difficulty watching because of excessive buffering and long wait times, choosing the standard definition option (just below the video on the lesson page) may help alleviate this issue.

Vimeo also offers an automatic rendering of the same lesson video for viewing on portable devices.  This has helped to solve other issues experienced by other of our subscribers.

We are constantly working on improving the site so that the resources we provide can support your goal of “bridging the gap between what you know and where you want your music to go.”

 
 
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