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What Do I Want to Accomplish Today?

What Do I Want to Accomplish Today?

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Sometimes I practice from a list.  For example, right now every chance I get, I am playing through all the patriotic tunes I know – since the 4th of July is right around the corner.

However, just playing through my list isn’t the same thing as practicing.

Before I begin to practice, I need to think more about what I want to accomplish with my limited practice time.

Maybe I should focus more on the patriotic tune I find the hardest, breaking it down line by line.

Maybe I should start and end with that tune.

Or maybe I should focus on the one I play the best, polishing it so I can play with more confidence.

Maybe I should shorten my list to only the best arrangements,

or maybe I should add some new tunes to my list to expand my repertoire.

Whatever the answers are to these questions, it is certain that your practice time will yield more results if you spend time planning what you really want to accomplish before you begin.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2016 in lessons, subscriber news

 

New Video Explains DulcimerCrossing

New Video Explains DulcimerCrossing

We are excited to unveil a new 30 second explanation of what DulcimerCrossing is all about!  Watch below:


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Introducing a New Instructor!

Introducing a New Instructor!

DulcimerCrossing is excited to welcome Aubrey Atwater AubreyPoster_sm(of Atwater-Donnelly) to the instructional team.

Aubrey teaches mountain dulcimer, from the Jean Ritchie family tradition.

Visit the Teacher Page and watch her introduction video.

Or, visit the Live Events page and watch the highlight video of her recent Premium Concert Window Show.

Subscribe here, to have access to all of her lessons!

 

 

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Playing with a Backing Track

Playing with a Backing Track

Steve Eulberg demonstrates the beginning of a new Lesson Series at DulcimerCrossing.com:  Playing Mountain Dulcimer with a Blues Backing Track from the Premium Membership part of the website.

He will demonstrate the Pentatonic Minor Box and how to move it around the fretboard to find the notes that will work for playing Blues in the key of E on an instrument tuned to DAd.

(He also describes this process in his book, Playing Blues on the Mountain Dulcimer, which is available for sale on his website here:  OR, Free to his Patrons on Patreon here.)

 

Backing Tracks Library

Backing Tracks Library

Here is a view of the new Backing Tracks Library which is a resource at DulcimerCrossing.com for Premium Members.

Backing tracks are a way to play along with a “band” while not having to worry about any egos (yours or theirs!) or other people who are going to get knocked off track when you make an error.  (You’ll notice I didn’t say “if”!)

Steve uses these to get comfortable making and recovering from the errors and slips that inevitably come when playing music.  And sometimes, these “happy accidents” provide new inspiration and ideas!

Each track has an .mp3 file that you can play and hear, in addition, there is a pdf tablature with chord charts, an occasional melody line, sometimes some suggested scales to use.  They are in several keys, tunings, genres and tempo styles.

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Habits From The Muse

Habits From The Muse
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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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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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