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Tuning Hack for Scroll-Headed Dulcimer

Tuning Hack for Scroll-Headed Dulcimer

by Steve Eulberg

The Snark™ tuner is very popular with mountain dulcimer players, for good reason.  It is quick, accessible, accurate and it’s display is very readable.

(This is not an insignificant feature as those of us who continue gathering service stripes in the playing of our dulcimers experience with eyesight that gets weary over time!)

IMG_2445And the handy clip-on feature works very well with flathead mountain dulcimers.

However, players of instruments with the traditional scroll have sometimes struggled with how to attach the tuning clip to the dulcimer so that it can “read” the vibrations and convert them into electricity which then displays how close our vibrating strings are to the desired pitch.

Therefore, when one of my students whose dulcimer has a beautiful, traditional scrollhead showed up for her lesson displaying the tuning hack here, I was delighted and decided I needed to share it right away!

IMG_2444By using her capo on the scroll, she had a location on which to clip her tuner that picked up the vibrations directly and accurately!

She clipped on tuned up and was ready for her lesson in no time!

(This is all the more important, because dulcimers players have taken and adhere to the dulcimer pledge which commits them to the joys of playing their instruments in many different tunings!)

 

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Wendy Songe Premium Concert Highlight

Wendy Songe Premium Concert Highlight

We are so excited to Wendy Songe was able to play a Concert Window show for our Premium DulcimerCrossing Members in February!

Erin Mae Lewis, one of our instructors, is in the process of scheduling the Live Events Calendar for the remainder of the year.

Basic Members have access to Live Events once a quarter and Premium Members have access once a month!

 
 

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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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Neal Hellman Featured in Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast

Neal Hellman Featured in Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast

Episode #014 The Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast features DulcimerCrossing teacher Neal Hellman

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Wayne Jiang and Patricia Delich host this informative conversation with players of the mountain dulcimer across the country and across genres.  This edition features samples of music from several of Steve’s recordings:

Neal Hellman has played the mountain dulcimer for more than 40 years and is the founder, director, and one of the primary artists on the Gourd Music record label. Gourd Music recordings are known for lush arrangements often pairing the dulcimer with folk and classical instruments. With music by Gourd Music artists.

Guest:
Neal Hellman

Music:
• Durango from the CD Oktober County Neal Hellman, dulcimer; Kim Robertson, celtic harp; Bruce Abrams, guitar; Joe Weed, mandocello

• Slumber My Darling from the CD Dulcimer in the Mix (available as download only in iTunes) Neal Hellman, dulcimer; Kim Robertson, celtic harp; Barry Phillips, cello

• Ninety Pound Catfish from the CD Autumn in the Valley Neal Hellman, dulcimer; Paul Hostetter, banjo; Carl Rey, harmonica; Shira Kammen, violin; Todd Phillips, bass

• Come Life, Shaker Life from the CD Dulcimer in the Mix (available as download only in iTunes) Neal Hellman, dulcimer; Shelley Phillips, oboe; Robin Petrie, hammered dulcimer; William Coulter, guitar; Barry Phillips, cello and shaker

• La Mort De Coucy from the CD Oktober County Neal Hellman, dulcimer; Kim Robertson, celtic harp; Shelley Mathewson Phillips, English horn; Marti Kendall, cello

• Canarios from the CD Autumn in the Valley Neal Hellman, dulcimer; William Coulter, guitar; Shelley Phillips, recorders; Barry Phillips, percussion

• Pleasant Hill from the CD Emma’s Waltz Neal Hellman, dulcimer; William Coulter, guitar; Barry Phillips, cello; Shelley Phillips, English horn; Robin Petrie, hammer dulcimer; Susan French, violin

• Mountain Medley (June Apple) from the CD Autumn in the Valley Neal Hellman, dulcimer; Paul Hostetter, banjo; Robin Petrie, hammered dulcimer; Todd Phillips, bass; Joe Weed, violin

• Robertson’s Unreel from the CD Oktober County Neal Hellman, dulcimer; Robin Petrie, hammered dulcimer; Danny Carnahan, fiddle, mandola, and guitar

• Mountain Medley (The Last of Smith) from the CD Autumn in the Valley Paul Hostetter, banjo; Robin Petrie, hammered dulcimer; Todd Phillips, bass; Joe Weed, violin

 

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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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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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Chords on Chromatic by Erin Mae Lewis

Chords on Chromatic by Erin Mae Lewis

Erin Mae Lewis Finding and Building chords on a Chromatic Dulcimer.

In her chromatic lessons series, Erin, shows how she maps out and builds chords, both the I-IV-V chords for playing progressions, but also the rich chord additions (minors, 7ths, major 7ths, minor 7ths and 6ths, diminished, suspended and augmented)

 

[Note: this lesson uses both Diatonic and Chromatic Fret Numbers]

Here Erin introduces the lessons:

Here is the lesson set.

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