About jcrmusic

I'm a mountain dulcimer player and teacher living in Athens County, Ohio and sometimes in Wooster, Ohio, which is in Wayne County. I also build custom mountain dulcimers and develop instruction books and audio for learning how to improve your playing.

Kentucky Music Week 2018!!!

June 24 – 29, 2018

Bardstown, KY

I’m really feeling blessed and excited for KMW this year!! I’ll be teaching four classes:

Play Modal Tunes and Songs While Tuned DAD – No retuning, no capo, just learning some E Dorian, A Mixolydian, and B Aeolian repertoire!

Easy Rounds and Jam-A-Rounds For Ensembles – Really, this is THE MOST fun you can have playing with a group of dulcimers!

Making Up Your Own Jams – Tired of Whiskey Before Breakfast, Old Joe Clarke, Soldier’s Joy??? – This class is your chance to get away from the fiddle tune repertoire and start to discover your very own dulcimer style, working off of very simple chord progressions and short melodic seeds.

Slow Airs From Ireland – Some of the more ethereal music from the Celtic lands – slower pieces that really take you on an inner journey. This is music that goes incredibly well on the dulcimer!!

Classes fill up pretty fast and this is coming right up, so if you want to get in any of these classes, don’t hesitate! For more information, here is a link to the Classes page on the KMW web site:

Classes for 2018 at Kentucky Music Week

Star of the County Down – Chords in B minor Part 2

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Star of the County Down – Chords in B minor

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Light Into Darkness – February 11, 2018

I had the extreme pleasure of playing with the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble on February 11 at the Hudson Public Library (near Cleveland, Ohio). Here is my solo on “Light Into Darkness” — a tune I’ve been tweaking for over a decade now. It’s got sort of a Minimalist – Baroque vibe if you can imagine that: VERY simple, very repetitive, yet always changing and evolving.

Light Into Darkness (solo on electric dulcimer)

Dulcimer History!

Patricia and Wayne have done an incredible job on this podcast! Howie Mitchell is really the first of the more modern builders as well as players of the mountain dulcimer. Howie’s son David Mitchell, who has been archiving Howie’s music and writings for about 8 years now, did a series of interviews with Howie and Patricia Delich & Wayne Jiang of Hearts of the Dulcimer. The result is this very entertaining and informative podcast episode!!

The Legendary Howie Mitchell