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  1. The lyrics to this song were written by Robert Burns. The melody was taken from an older Scottish folk song, author unknown. Pay attention to all the dotted quarter notes followed by eighth notes. It is straight forward and easy to play with just three chords, D-G-A. Auld Lang Syne.pdf Auld Lang Syne.mid
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  2. Lyrics 1. We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing; He chastens and hastens his will to make known; the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing. Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own. 2. Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining, ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine; so from the beginning the fight we were winning; thou, Lord, wast at our side; all glory be thine! 3. We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant, and pray that thou still our defender wilt be. Let thy congregation escape tribulation; thy name be ever
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  3. Welcome; thank you for taking on this enormous task and saving the domain name. Best of luck from UK.
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  4. How To Become A Better Dulcimer Player - 21 Three Approaches To Playing The Same Song As in all my articles, nothing is written in stone. They are merely suggestions to make you a better dulcimer player. Why would you need three approaches to playing the same song? The answer is that it depends upon the type of play and the venue of where that song is played. We will discuss group playing at a jam or in a club; group playing at a performance; and solo playing in any situation. Let us begin in group play. Whether in a jam or in a club situation we just whip out our music and sta
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  5. Can one play Opera on the Dulcimer? Of course! Our instrument is very versatile. The attached aria from the Opera Rigoletto is in the Key of A. La Donna E Mobile.pdf La Donna E Mobile.mid
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  6. Russian folk song. Kalinka.pdf Kalinka.mid
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  7. How To Become A Better Dulcimer Player - 20 Embellishments and Other Tips Embellishments should be used sparingly. To many of them will spoil your song. The following thoughts are just that - my thoughts. If they work for you, great. The following suggested thoughts will be applicable to solo play and/or group play. They are not written in stone. 1. Hammer-ons and pull-offs. To be used sparingly throughout solo play. Yes, you can use them in group play; however, they will get lost by the sound of the other players. 2. Dynamics - These are very underused techniques th
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  8. I think my journey with the dulcimer is best summed up in a description I heard at a workshop: "The mountain dulcimer is the last best hope to play a musical instrument." 😂 I'd tried to learn a few instruments over the years including violin, ukulele, and guitar. With guitar and ukulele I felt like I was doing contortions to get chord shapes and never became comfortable with them. Violin was a little better in that it was only one note at a time, but I had a lot of trouble hearing if I was on pitch. My teacher was always having me move my finger a little bit and I couldn't hear the di
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  9. You're welcome. When you've been messing about with dulcimers as long as I have, paying forward to folks is just what I do.
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  10. As you can see in the picture below, ball-end strings (top) have a brass "ball" in the end. Loop-end strings have a twisted loop. Those of us who build instruments never use Gorilla glue -- it expands and has a tendency to open cracks. Likwise we seldom, if ever use epoxy. For hairline cracks which can be opened by pressing on one side or the other of a crack, we us a cyanoacrylate (Super) glue. For cracks which need filling, we use a mixture of fine sawdust and Titebond or Titebon II, I often run a bead of the glue into such a crack and then sprinkle sawdust on top,. Then press the m
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  11. So glad Everything Dulcimer is back. FB is good but loved going to E D. To read about dulcimer stuff. Thank you to whomever brought this back.
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  12. How To Become A Better Dulcimer Player - Part - 19 Finger Positions and Economy of Motion In my first article on “How to Become A Better Dulcimer Player - Part 1”, I briefly touched on the subject of finger positioning. A big impediment to smoother dulcimer playing is not using economy of motion and misplaced finger positioning. Are finger positions written in stone? Absolutely not; however, there are those combinations of finger positions that will result in economy of motion and smoother playing. As stated before, our instrument usually does not have much sustain or vo
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  13. For those players that would like to play contemporary music on their dulcimers, a chromatic dulcimer would solve that problem; however, there is an easier solution. If you have a 1½ fret added to your instrument, you will be able to play in additional keys. I have found that with the added 1½ fret and the bending (for half tones)of one or more strings in a song, you will be able to play almost any song. My experience is that most contemporary and classical songs usually require the bending of no more than 1-2 strings throughout the song.
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  14. Here's a video I made for playin' on the porch. Dave
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  15. I have a CD player that will allow me to load 6 CD's, so I load it with CD's while I'm working in the garage/work shop. One of the CD's I had loaded was the Classic Folk Music CD from Smithsonian Folkways. A song came on and as I listened to it I stopped working on whatever I was working. I went to the CD player and examined the CD insert and found the song to be "John Hardy" by Mike Seeger. I knew I had to learn the song. I found many versions had been recorded in a major key but Mike and Pete Seeger recorded versions in a minor key. I found I liked both versions and worked to learn bot
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  16. Boil Them Cabbage - Counter Mel.pdf Boil Them Cabbage - Counter Melody.mid
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  17. A person contacted me through my YouTube video "Muss I Denn" and a discussion started about constructing a scheitholt/zither/zitter type of instrument. To facilitate sharing the information, I moved a lot of my Zither construction pictures and notes to my OneDrive. While I was there, I reorganized my dulcimer files into PDF files and MP3 files. If I have a PDF file I might have an MP3 file to support it, and vice versa. If anyone sees a PDF without a matching MP3 and vice versa, I can create an appropriate file on request. The PDF files include multiple tunings and usually the file name i
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  18. How to Become A Better Dulcimer Player 15 Adding Variety To Your Playing There are a number of ways to add variety to your solo and/or group dulcimer playing. i.e. playing a harmony; playing backup chords; playing a counter melody; playing a bass part. For this article we will concentrate on playing our melody on a combination of the melody and bass strings. As you know, the notes are the same on both your melody and bass strings when you are tuned to DAD, CGC, GDG, etc. They are one octave apart. When playing songs that you already know, trying mixing up the song by play
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  19. Key of D version easier to play. Key of G version easier to sing. In the Good Old Summer Time - D.pdf In the Good Old Summer Time - D.mid In the Good Old Summer Time.pdf In the Good Old Summer Time mid.mid
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  20. Sheer memorization, Dave. I listen to a song 50, 100, 200, or more times, until I can sing/hum or whistle it; on demand. At that point I sit down and pick out the melody tab for it, and play it regularly for about a week in between other tunes. By that time it's imbedded in my long term memory along with a couple hundred other tunes. When I perform I have a Cheat Sheet which has the opening measures of either the tunes in the set I'm going to play, or a general page of maybe a hundred tunes with opening measures (thank Murphy for adjustable lettering in word processors!) printed two column
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  21. How To Become A Better Dulcimer Player - 9 The Pentatonic Scale The majority of dulcimer jams that I have attended are usually fast and furious. There are a lot of songs played that you may not be familiar with. Someone calls a song and they start playing immediately Either you know the song by heart or don’t. For the most part, written tab is usually not used at a jam. So what is a person to do? 1. If there is a guitar player at the jam and you can visually recognize the chord changes, you can play backup chords. 2. You can try playing the melody by ear (if the song is pl
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  22. I am so please to seen that Everything Dulicmer is back on the internet. Several years ago I spent a lot of time reading posts and downloading songs. Thank You for creating a gathering place for us. Jerry
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  23. How To Become A Better Dulcimer Player.pdf How To Become A Better Dulcimer Player – Part 1 This is the first of three articles that I have written on how to become a better dulcimer player. Please bear in mind that the opinions expressed are just that – my personal opinions based on 20 years of playing the mountain dulcimer. If you find the thoughts helpful and applicable to your playing, then I have achieved my goals. If you disagree, our dulcimer community would welcome your thoughts. It has been said that you can learn to play a song on the dulcimer in five min
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  24. During Table Hill's last performance of 2019, @Adrian and I were playing for tips at the Blueberry Cafe in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and someone tipped us with a fruitcake! Have you ever received anything weird in your "love bucket" (that's what the tip bucket is called in Clarksdale)? Luckily, it was a really tasty fruitcake!
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  25. Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Frere Jacques, and Hush Little Baby are good songs for beginners. If a beginner plays another instrument, then these might be too simple. But if a beginner has never played an instrument before, I don't think any simple song is too simple. Dave
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  26. I've had several different things happen at the home. Often, the staff tends to leave us with the residents and sometimes they do exhibit some unusual behavior. One time Stan was upset with Ernie for blocking the door with his wheel chair, so Stan got out of his wheel chair and started wailing on Ernie. I put my guitar down as we were finishing A Beautiful Life and went to stand between them to stop the violence. When I was early in my assisted living session experience, I was providing a short dissertation on our next song and one of the residents interrupted with "Are ya gonna play or ar
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  27. This is the waiter's table that I use. Set me back $23 at a local restaurant supply store -- same price as if I'd have ordered it on line and paid shipping...
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  28. N-I-C-E! Great job. You've got "the bug" now!
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  29. The attached song was written by Turlough O'Carolan, the blind Irish harper. It is said to be his first song. Most of the really old songs are easy to play, in as much as they usually have no more than three chords (D-G-A) for this one. Notice that the chords are on the second, rather than the first notes. Si Beag Si Mhor.pdf Si Beag Si Mhor.mid
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  30. Tabledit file for finger positions and economy of motion. Finger Placement.pdf
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  31. Ok the back is glued on. For my first attempt at building, I am pretty pleased. The waist is a little narrower than the original template as I had to squeeze sides a bit for the top to fit. I thought I left enough overhang of the back and top to account for this but apparently not for the top.
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  32. Precious Lord Take My Hand - D.pdf Precious Lord Take My Hand - D.mid
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  33. You can play the bass part on a standard dulcimer. Great Is Thy Faithfulness - Melody and Bass.pdf Great Is Thy Faithfulness - Melody and Bass.mid
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  34. In order to be a counter-melody, the music not only has to harmonize with the melody, but must also be able to stand on its own as a melody.
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  35. Hello, All, I'm always trying to maximize the sonic potentials of my dulcimers (or just of the dulcimer in general), and have been trying out and using various finger picks, since I can't keep my fingernails long. Furthermore, the picks produce a greater variety of sounds than I could make with my fingernails. I wanted to share that I've figured out a way to get a sharp point with nail clippers and a nail file on the Fred Kelly Delrin finger picks (which by themselves, worn the correct way, produce too dull a sound for me). Having the sharp point on the Fred Kelly allows for a sou
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  36. Yes! I wish you could have imported all of the content from the old one though. Thank you so much. I hadn't visited the site in several years, but it was a lot of fun.
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  37. I would like to express my gratitude to this site's administrator and all of the fellow dulcimer players who contribute to this site. Whenever I come with questions, there are always people willing to offer helpful suggestions and solutions. Also, the site is so neatly organized. It is very easy to navigate, follow previous threads, and has a wonderful TAB library. Thank you all for all of the help you have given me over the past few months.
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  38. How to Become A Better Dulcimer Player - 7 Guitar Chord Shapes Do you ever feel left out at some dulcimer jams when you didn’t know the song? You could play backup chords if you knew them and knew when to play them. If you are fortunate enough to have a guitar player at your jam, your problem is solved. You have probably heard at some point in your dulcimer career “to watch the guitar player for the chord changes”. That is all well and good; however, you first have to know what the guitar chord shapes look like. I have attached four PDF files showing the major chords
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  39. As I said above, the hourglass is the most difficult of the standard shapes to build. And the hardest part is the shaping of the sides. The easiest way to do that is to hot-water soak the sides for a couple hours to soften them. Then bend the side pieces into a jig which then holds them while they dry. I've attached a couple pix of simple peg jigs. Jig 1 is almost too simple but will work just fine. I prefer to use 1/2" dowels in a 3/4 plywood or chipboard base, similar to Jig 2 but without as many dowels. Make the dowels about 1/8" shorter than the height of the sides. That way,
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  40. That's pretty good on Rosin The Beau. It fits nicely in traditional playing style, too. Dave
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  41. If anyone is interested in obtaining Wilfried's book, The Story of the Hummel, I found one copy available here: The Story of the Hummel. The price seems reasonable. Ken "The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
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  42. How To Become A Better Dulcimer Player - 2.pdf
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  43. About four years ago, a friend of ours asked us to play with her at one of the senior assisted living communities. We had been doing a little bit of playing at wineries so we decided to join her mostly as a favor to her. It was wonderful. The people were so appreciative and it was so gratifying When she couldn't make another gig, we decided to play just ourselves. Again, wonderful and we decided to see if we could get performances at more places. We play one or two days a week now (weekdays when I can take vacation and weekends). We do an "eclectic' mix of old tunes they kn
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  44. I didn't know meade was the up and coming beverage in the USA. The meade we received at our session was good, but they went out of business some time after our time at the place. So here's a little extra information. At that time wine could not be sold in stores on Sundays in Tennessee but the meaderies and wineries were considered part of the tourist industry, so wine and meade were sold at wineries and meaderies on Sunday (not in stores). In the Robin Hood movie with Kevin Costner, he approaches the man that was a servant in his household early in the morning. The previ
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  45. I forgot to mention the two screw eyelets and the chain that hold the dulcimer stand at the desired width and somehow I wasn't able to edit the post, so I'll add it here. Dave
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  46. Thank you to all those who put the site back up. I was so glad to see it back up and running. I learned a lot from the old site and hope to continue. The dulcimer community is the best! BJ Jordan
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  47. I have a plan for an easy-to-build MD display stand that William Wright had shared a few years ago. Please e-mail me at: dulcimarc - at - gmail - dot - com and I'd be more than happy to share it. Marc M.
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