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Tips for Jam Survival

Tips for Jam Survival

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!

So here is your opportunity to help!  Send us your best JAM SURVIVAL tips or stories and we’ll publish them on this blog, and/or use them in lessons on DulcimerCrossing.com

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:  steve@owlmountainmusic.com.

Or you can make a video of your tip and upload it to youtube or vimeo and send us the link.

Or you can make an audio recording and upload it to soundcloud and send us the link.

 

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Kitty Puss at the Ozark Folk Center

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)

 

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You Name It Blues on Dulci-Bro

You Name It Blues on Dulci-Bro

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.)

 

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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in dulci-bro, lessons, subscriber news

 

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The Blues Lessons are Live!

The Blues Lessons are Live!

PlayingtheBluesGraphicThe awaited blues lessons are now live at dulcimercrossing.com!

Hammered Dulcimer and the Blues

Mountain Dulcimer and the Blues

Dulci-Bro and the Blues

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Playing Blues on Dulcimer

Playing Blues on Dulcimer

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.

Mountain Dulcimer

Hammered Dulcimer

Dulci-Bro

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Dulcimercrossing.wordpress.com Blog Year 2014 in review

Dulcimercrossing.wordpress.com Blog Year 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks for reading and commenting and sharing this blog with others who love dulcimers!

Let us know  if there is something you’d enjoy reading about or find particularly helpful for your playing!

 

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Got a new Hammered Dulcimer for Christmas?

Got a new Hammered Dulcimer for Christmas?

We have just the thing to help you play it!

The String-Side Up Lesson Series is for Absolute Beginning hammered dulcimer players and assumes you have no prior experience with dulcimers.  This 30-episode series starts with the parts of the dulcimer, playing in the “box”, hammer grip and hammer control, getting the best tone, finding the notes and the patterns of octave and repeated notes on the instrument; exploring different kinds of hammers, tuning, learning a song, basic chords, noodling for harmonies and transposing by moving boxes.

Our Goal:  When this series is completed, you are no longer a Beginner!

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