New to the mountain dulcimer or just want a review? Before you check out any of the other material on Dulcimer School, make sure you go through this first.
If you're new to chords, try this first. Is probably better for intermediates and up but is PERFECT for hungry beginners.
As you get better at reading hands, there's a world of really cool stuff you can learn from me and others. Don't doubt yourself. Trust me and give it a try. If you're having trouble with left and right, you're not alone. When you watch someone, instead of thinking of their left and right side, start thinking of their strumming side vs. their tuning side. This way, whether they're beside you or in front of you, the experience for you will more and more be the same.
Learn how reading hands leads to learning tunes.
While Mr. Moon is a great three-part round, it also stands on its own played straight through. We'll work on strumming, dotted rhythms, and fingerings as well.
In music theory, the circle of fifths (or circle of fourths) shows the relationships among the 12 tones of the chromatic scale, their corresponding key signatures, and the associated major and minor keys. More specifically, it is a geometrical representation of relationships among the 12 pitch classes of the chromatic scale in pitch class space. - Wikipedia
In Dulcimer School we're going to use the circle of fifths to learn many important and useful things about not just theory, but our hammered dulcimers, which are mechanical representations of this important musical construct.
Stephen Humphries and Dan Landrum take you deep into the philosophy of hammering, hammer motion, and demonstrate practical use of rudiments in developing your sticking skill.
Music Theory as it applies to hammered dulcimer
If you no longer like the sound of your instrument the problem may be the hammers. The leather surface wears out, or at least it should if you're playing enough. I'll walk you through changing the leather.
It's been written, 'don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing' and if you can master these techniques you will achieve just that! Enjoy learning patterns that will improve your playing no matter what level player you are.
Set your hammer heads free to do what you want them to by developing a relaxed grip. This class teaches you a series of exercises designed to get the motion into the hammer heads where it belongs.
It's hard to play it if you can't feel it. It's impossible to feel it if you're to busy thinking about it. These lessons will help you internalize rhythm, syncopation and timing.
In this class, Dan demonstrates the Percussive Arts Society 40 fundamental rudiments that, if practiced, will improve your ability to play any song. Other videos in Dulcimer School will refer to these videos for understanding how to execute each rudiment.
Dan and Steve collaborate on this one to create an arrangement of a familiar Christmas tune. This is a great lesson for learning about the process of arranging tunes and working with other instruments.
Dan Teaches this popular Christmas tune. It's a simple version, but has moderately difficult hand separation. Great for beginners and intermediate players, but can also serve as a good foundation for advanced players.
Steve teaches the popular Christmas tune. This tune is a little challenging, but certainly appropriate for intermediate players.
I've got two arrangements of this classic Christmas tune, one for beginners and one for intermediates and up. I also improvise a performance at the end.