I have just released a dulcimer instrumental track on Spotify!! It is a great Irish traditional waltz that is very mesmerizing and circular. I learned it many years ago from a recording by the English guitarist John Martyn. He played his guitar through a Leslie tone cabinet to get the swirling, almost psychedelic effect. My… Continue reading New Release on Spotify!
I’ll be teaching 4 workshops at this June’s virtual dulcimer festival: Ideas, Tips, and Musical Devices You Can Use Right Away (Level 4) In this session, you’ll make some interesting and unique music using only 5 tones. You’ll try some easy chord substitutions, and learn some of my favorite 4-chord loops to jam around. You’ll… Continue reading QuaranTUNE 4.0 Registration!!
Most of the playlists I curate on Spotify contain tracks of guitar and plucked string instruments (including mountain and hammered dulcimers). However, since I’m connected to an outstanding international network of musicians who also curate their own playlists, I have made a special playlist of my favorite meditative pianists. Have a listen!! These instrumentals will… Continue reading Piano Meditations
Quarantune 3.0 is right around the corner! In this post I want to give you a little sample of some of the tablature I’ll be using for each of my workshops. There will probably be much more tablature when we do the workshop, but this will give you an idea. Here is the QuaranTUNE web… Continue reading QuaranTUNE 3.0 Workshops I’ll Be Teaching In February
I continue to update this autobiographical listening fest — not even up to the late 1970s yet, and I’m totally exhausted!!! I DID find a splendid cover of the Green Leaves of Summer by the incredible Wes Montgomery!!! Through Many Years and Many Influences (on Spotify)
When I was about 10 or 11 years of age, my mom took me to see the movie The Alamo. The soundtrack included a really powerful song called The Green Leaves of Summer This is my first experience (that I can remember, anyway) of being overwhelmed by the emotion of a piece of music. Goosebumps… Continue reading The Green Leaves of Summer
This is my first collaboration with the amazing Canadian acoustic guitarist Denis Turbide. It has a gentle, pulsating vibe as well as a kind of wistful yearning…..Thanks for listening!!!
I’m psyched to have my ambient electric dulcimer track Restful Mind included on this wonderful, peaceful playlist by the amazing Suzanne Doucet. I’ve been part of this anthology in a few previous years, and it is always such a joy to hear all the others!! This time around we really NEED this peace and anchoring…..
Golly, this quarantine has led to a whole bunch of creative work from so many artists all over the planet! I have been incredibly busy too: working on formatting block chord TAB in a table format on this blog (A LOT harder than you might think!!!), learning Finale (for the 3rd or 4th time!), and… Continue reading Some New Tunes!