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  1. This is as easy to play. To add some color to your playing, you might play the song on the melody string the first time through, the bass string the second time through and back to the melody string the third time through. Little Liza Jane - Bass.pdf Little Liza Jane - Bass.mid
  2. Many of the songs written in the 1600's and 1700's had unusual timing. This song was written in 6/4 timing (6 - ¼ notes per measure). Rock Of Ages.pdf Rock Of Ages.mid
  3. Ainsley's Waltz.pdf Ainsley's Waltz.mid
  4. "Yankee Doodle" is a well-known American song and a nursery rhyme, the early versions of which predate the Seven Years War and The American Revolution. It is often sung patriotically in the United States today and is the state anthem of Connecticut The melody is thought to be much older than both the lyrics and the subject, going back to folk songs of Medieval Europe. Yankee Doodle.pdf Yankee Doodle.mid
  5. Lucy Long.pdf Lucy Long.mid
  6. This song was written by St. Francis of Assisi as a poem, circa 1225. It was not put to music until, circa 1899 by William Draper. Like most of the older songs, the timing is unusual. The song is in 3/2 timing (3 half notes per measure or 6 quarter notes per measure). As in all songs, the timing is everything, i.e. look at the second measure. The 2-3-4 is a whole note (four counts) followed by 2-0-0 (two counts) for a total of six counts. The song is easy to play with only D, G, and A chords. Listen to the audio file for the timing. All Creatures Of Our God And King.pdf All Creatures Of Our God And King.mid
  7. 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 start playing, right? Well, maybe not. In this type of situation, you have the great latitude in playing. Different arrangements of the song can be played together as long as the chord changes are the same and at the same position in the music. Yes, you can deviate somewhat from the written chord changes by substituting a minor chord where there is a major chord. For example: Instead of play a D-chord, you may substitute a Bm-chord (as long as it sounds good). In all group settings it is important that everyone be on the same page. It is up to the group leader or whoever calls the song to set the tempo and give a lead-in so that everyone knows when to start playing and at what speed. Playing a recognizable phrase from the song is always a good way to lead everyone into the song. For example: In the song, “Amazing Grace”, a good place to play your lead-in phrase is: “Was blind, but now I see”. You are playing enough measures so that everyone can follow along and know when to start playing. Whoever calls the song should also state the number of times that it will be played. Another way to play a lead-in is to play a series of chords from the key that the song is in. For example: Play D-G-A for songs in the key of D. Play G-C-D for songs in the key of G. Group play gives us great latitude for embellishments and creativity. For example: If a song has four quarter notes in a measure, you may want to play any combination of quarter and eighth notes. Try going up or down one note. Decades ago when I took a course from Stephen Seifert, he referred to these notes as Up-neighbors and Down-neighbors. They will add spice and color to your music. If your song has a series of tied measures, there will be a lot of “open space” in the music. Sometimes this sounds good and at other times, the silence can be improved. For example: Your song has two measures of a D-chord tied together. That is eight counts. You may want to arpeggiate the first D-chord (D-A-F#-A) and play the second D-chord once. Let us move onto group playing at a performance. Someone should be designated as the group leader. He or she will introduce the song and play the lead-in for each song being played. It is important here for consistency, that everyone use the same arrangement of the song. Recognizable phrases are important because it helps the audience recognize the song, sort of a teaser. Prior to playing the song, if there is some information about the song that you know, share it with the audience and that will help the them to better understand who wrote the song and why it was written. For example, the background of “Amazing Grace” is amazing. Share this type of information with your audience. If, during your group performance, you will be playing some songs that require the use of a Capo, save those songs for last. That way you will only have to retune one time. This brings us to the third approach of playing a song. Whether we are playing a solo at our respective clubs, in jam, or at a performance, we have the most latitude for playing a song and making it “our own”. Many of the techniques and suggestions of the first two approaches will be applicable to our solo play. One of the things that can be used effectively in solo play is dynamics. Here you can play a phrase softer or louder, increase or decrease your tempo, change the key of the song, etc. Chord-Melody strumming will give you the most volume. Flat picking a song will give you the most volume for solo play.. Finger picking adds a softness and fluidity to your song. Economy of motion is best achieved through finger picking. Hopefully these suggestions will help you to Become A Better Dulcimer Player.
  8. 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
  9. William Tell Overture.pdf William Tell Overture.mid
  10. Russian folk song. Kalinka.pdf Kalinka.mid
  11. Botany Bay.pdf Botany Bay.MID
  12. Rest are put into a song to create momentary silence. In practical application what needs to happen is the dampening or silencing of the note/chord right before the rest. Using a finger or the edge of your hand as a barr to silence the sound works well. The attached song, Kazachok is both a song and a dance from the Ukraine, written in the 16th century. Pay attention to measure 12-13 and 20-21. After playing the 3rd note of measure 12, you silence that string, count your rest and then play the 4-4-6 chord. When played, it sounds like a hesitation. Do the same for measures 20-21. Listen to the MIDI file to hear how it should sound. Kazachok.pdf Kazachok.mid
  13. Dave, The translation of the song that is on your learn list is translated from French as: Pavane(processional dance) for orchestra with choir. You can do an Internet search with the words: Pavane songs, Pavane music, Pavane MIDI, etc. for other Pavane music.
  14. This arrangement is a good finger exercise in practicing "not looking" at your fret board. The melody does not go above the 3rd fret. Yankee Doodle.pdf Yankee Doodle.mid
  15. Four parts of this lovely song. The melody can be played by itself. The Counter Melody can be played by itself. Harmony and Bass require the Melody. This is a nice way to add some variety to your club or group playing. You can play from 1 to 4 parts. The MIDI files contains all four parts. Pavanne d'anleterre - 4 parts.pdf Pavane d'Angleterre - Melody,Harmony, Bass, Counter Melodytef.mid
  16. There are many songs with the word, "Pavane" in them. A Pavane was a 16th Century processional dance. Pavane d'Angleterre.pdf Pavane d'Angleterre.mid
  17. A song by Turlough O'Carolan written in 1691. A good finger exercise. Lord Inchiquin.pdf Lord Inchiquin.mid
  18. One of Stephen Foster's songs. Only two chords, D&A. Easy to play. Listen to MIDI file for timing. Nelly Bly2.pdf Nelly Bly2.mid
  19. The words to the attached song, "Commin' Through The Rye" was written by Robert Burns from one of his poems. The melody is similar to the older versions of "Auld Lang Syne", whose author is unknown. Commin' Through The Rye - Melody and Harmony.pdf Comming Through The Rye - Melody and Harmony.mid
  20. 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
  21. Precious Lord Take My Hand - D.pdf Precious Lord Take My Hand - D.mid
  22. 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
  23. 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 praised! O Lord, make us free! "We Gather Together" is a Christian hymn of Dutch origin written in 1597 by Adrianus Valerius as "Wilt heden nu treden" to celebrate the Dutch victory over Spanish forces in the Battle of Turnhout. It was originally set to a Dutch folk tune. In the United States, it is popularly associated with Thanksgiving Day and is often sung at family meals and at religious services on that day. We Gather Together2.pdf We Gather Together - Bass.pdf We Gather Together - Melody and Bass.mid
  24. A new take on an old tune. Jingle Bells Waltz.pdf Jingle Bells Waltz.mid
  25. The First Noel.pdf The First Noel.mid
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