Habits From The Muse

Habits From The Muse

The Music Lesson

by Steve Eulberg

This new promised resource is now available to you here!

Habits from the Muse is a short, weekly email sent to your in-box, with ideas, suggestions and tidbits we’ve collected to help support your daily practice of music.

We all know that habits come from repetition and that habits, once set, are hard to break.

Our intention is to help you set some good habits in place, habits to help you make progress toward your musical goals!

Sign up here (We don’t share your email!) and get supported today!

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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in lessons, subscriber news, uncategorized


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DulcimerCrossing Live Event Concert Window Highlight

DulcimerCrossing Live Event Concert Window Highlight

We are starting a NEW thing in 2016!

LIVE EVENTS from our Instructors and other Mentors.

Last night our co-founder, Steve Eulberg, offered the Inaugural DulcimerCrossing Live Event using the Platform.

Below is a Highlight Video from that show.

We will be offering these Live Events on a Quarterly Basis for our Basic Membership level.

Steve also announced last night that we are offering a PREMIUM LEVEL MEMBERSHIP which will include these kinds of LIVE EVENTS on a Monthly Basis, in addition to:

  1.  Access to Backing Tracks for practicing melody and improvisational playing
  2.  Habits from the Muse–Short, Weekly emails to help support your daily engagement and practice of your music
  3.  Habits for Your Healthy Music Habitat–Short, one-minute Videos from Teachers and Mentors with their tips, morsels and tidbits to help you develop the heatlhy habits for your daily music practice.

That is TEN (count’em) (10) MORE things a month for only $5 more dollars= $24.95 a month PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION.

We are working feverishly on the whole site to get it ready for this new overhaul, so keep your eyes peeled and check the payment page beginning Feb 1, 2016 to see the big changes.


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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

Subscribe to 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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Don Pedi featured in an article

Don Pedi featured in an article

DulcimerCrossing Instructor, Don Pedi is featured in this article on the facebook page:See Again Sunday:  (From Humans of Central Appalachia)

“When I moved back into the mountains, I moved back in with people who had lived there for generations. My neighbors to this day still plow with mules and horses.”

Don Pedi, Renowned Old Time Mountain Dulcimer Player; Born in Boston, rambled around until he found his home in the mountains; Marshall, North Carolina:

“I got interested in traditional music through the folk revival in the sixties, Bob Dylan and all that stuff. There was a big festival in Newport, Rhode Island. I went to see Bob Dylan and all these kind of folks and ended up seeing these tradition musicians from out of the mountains. (After that) I just rambled around for a while. Met some fellows in Colorado and moved back to Asheville (NC) with them to play.

I’ve lived most of my life in Appalachia. When we came in to North Carolina from Tennessee, across them mountains my whole energy shifted, like something settled in my soul. I felt like I was home for the first time in my life. That was 1973.

Learning to play the mountain dulcimer, I saw somebody do it, Richard Farina and his wife Mimi Farina, Joan Baez’s sister. They told me about Jean Ritchie. He had gotten his dulcimer from her. I went down to that Newport festival and saw her (Jean Ritchie) and these other traditional players and got real interested in that kind of music.

When I moved back into the mountains, I moved back in with people who had lived there for generations. My neighbors to this day still plow with mules and horses.

I just play the dulcimer. I don’t read a lick of music. I just play the dulcimer.

(Music in the mountains) is a source of pride, a source of self-betterment. It’s a history. These old songs talk of actual events. These songs are about real events that took place. That’s how they documented and kept the stories alive. A lot of the older music that came over from the British Isles, they kept that going and then it changed and developed into our music. (Mountain Folk) kinda shed the ornaments of that music and added the rhythms of African American music and Native American music. That’s how we got our version.

The importance of it is and the differences of it, after World War II is when I see that it really changed. I realize the Bristol Sessions were 1927 but people were still playing pretty much traditional stuff. Some of the old time traditional musicians are still around but most of them are dying off now. There are pockets of people preserving the music the way they learned it from earlier generations. By this time, once bluegrass started, after World War II and the beginning of the folk revival it began to change. Musicians started to get themselves out of the way of the piece. My innovation is that I play them on the dulcimer, these fiddle tunes and such, but I’m not changing the tunes. Jean Ritchie for example, her innovation was to play counter melody to her voice because that just suited her.

For the most part, the ballads and the old fiddle tunes people played them like they had learned from previous generations, often times family members. What changed with the folks revival and with bluegrass is that it now became ‘my performance of this piece, what can I do to change this and make it different?’. To me, the older way is what I cherish and preserve.

I’ve carpentered, cooked, whatever it took to support my art habits. I do visual art and things but music is pretty much my livelihood.

I think culture has to do a lot with your positioning, like class. I came up kinda poor, working people and when I moved down here I moved in with people who worked the land and got by. A lot of my neighbors were tenant farmers when they were younger. I have nothing against having money. I wouldn’t mind having more but it becomes a different way of looking at the world.

The word hillbilly? It depends on how you take it, how it’s presented. I’m proud that somebody calls me a hillbilly. It’s a lifestyle that I embrace.”

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Posted by on December 8, 2015 in history, subscriber news


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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.

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