I have mastered Lesson #1

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I have mastered Lesson #1

Postby PhilC » Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:04 pm

I have mastered Lesson #1, I can confidently recognize on which side the strings are mounted and that these should be facing up :D
I suspect that this is an old joke but, hay, I'm a newbie and I found it funny.

I have actually been able to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and have my wife recognize it which is a great leap forward from, "That's nice dear but I'm trying to watch the TV". From this you may gather that my musical ability is somewhat sparse.

I have no pride, I will be asking dumb questions, it's the only way I'm going to be able to learn. So with that in mind, I see that the song "You Are My Sunshine" ( http://www.oldtimeozarks.com/uploads/You_Are_My_Sunshine_D_-_dulcimer_with_words.pdf ) is in 4/4 time, what strum pattern would work with this?

"dum did dee", is "did dee" two beats or two half beats?

Thanks :)

ps. I am also attending the University of YouTube which is an outstanding resource. My thanks for all of you who take the trouble to post there, it is much appreciated.
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Re: I have mastered Lesson #1

Postby Skip » Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:32 pm

Just play it as shown, one strum per note. You can add embellishments later. These are the fancy strum patterns usually replacing 1/2 notes or larger. Quarter and half notes are usually one strum. Two eighth notes usually an out/in or in/out.The 4/4 does't necessarily point to a strum pattern, it is indicating the value [beat] of the notes in a measure, in this case 4 quarter notes [or equivalent]/measure 1-2-3-4 or 1-2-3-4 [for half notes] for example [pluck the underlined only]. If it were 3/4, 3 quarter notes/measure, it would be 1-2-3 [waltz].
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