It is time for the Opening of Summer Sale.
Just in time for the Festival Season!
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by Steve Eulberg
The Summer Festival season is fast approaching (can you feel the buzz of excitement in the air?) Many of us set aside our winter rhythms and venture out to play music with others in new settings: out of doors, at picnics and cookouts, at public parks, at the beach, at festivals, at week-long learning opportunities.
Some of us are also a little anxious about these meetings because we’re not quite certain how we will survive when jamming with other people whom we don’t know!
Do you have little things you do that help you enjoy a jam? Learn as much as you can about a new tune? What are the best tools and tricks that you know of?
You can write me here in the comments or send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or you can make an audio recording and upload it to soundcloud and send us the link.
While teaching at the Mountain Dulcimer Week at the Ozark Folk Center in the summer of 2009, Steve Eulberg performed this tune, Kitty Puss, which he learned from Don Pedi, in the midday concert. He is playing noter style on his Mike Clemmer dulcimer (with a doubled bass string). Video by Barry Bianchi.
This tune is an example of a traditional tune played on mountain dulcimer in the old-time style. Check out our Traditional Noter Series on dulcimercrossing.com to learn tips on playing this way.
Steve will be teaching a week-long workshop (Session 2 every day) at the Kentucky Music Week in Bardstown, KY this summer if you are interested in digging deeper into the traditional style in an intensive face-to-face way. (June 21-26, 2015)
As part of our Blues Series, we have uploaded Steve’s original tune, The You Name It Blues for Dulci-bro (resonator dulcimer).
Steve will be teaching a week-long class on Dulci-bro or resonator dulcimers at Kentucky Music Week June 21-26, 2015.
(This is one of several learning opportunities which DulcimerCrossing supports with scholarships. Contact the camp directly to inquire about the scholarship.)
Someone once told me that I couldn’t play blues on the dulcimer. “The dulcimer is too pretty for the blues.” I disagree.
If you can have the blues, you can play the blues on whatever you want!
Look at these introductions to playing blues on hammered and mountain dulcimer and dulci-bro.