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Ideas, Tips, and Devices You Can Use Right Now – Dulcimer Workshop by Jerry Rockwell

This post is designed to be a listening resource for my new workshop on how you can make your dulcimer playing more interesting and varied by using some common musical devices and tips. These tracks are all on Spotify, though you can find them on Apple Music and other streaming platforms if you wish. This […]

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Gradual Change of Season

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New Release on Spotify!

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 […]

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Because It Is Snowing, And We Are Supposed To Get A LOT More……

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Re-release of Shapeshifter by Scott Cole

via Re-release of Shapeshifter by Scott Cole

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Shapeshifter by Scott Cole

Source: Shapeshifter by Scott Cole

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Natural Talent vs. Hard Work

This article by Linda Ratcliff in Dulcimer Crossing is a very encouraging read for those who feel they have been left out of the talent thing. It certainly applies to many beginners on the mountain dulcimer, but it also applies to beginners on any instrument. Music did NOT come naturally to me! I had to […]

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Sarah Louise’s Cosmic Guitar

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Kikagaku Moyo’s Journey to the Center of the Mind

This is some extremely interesting music…. talk about mesmerizing!!

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Building Some Dulcimers Again

Due to some extreme family pressures, it has been next to impossible to get any of my handmade dulcimers built. Now that seems so be changing some, in that I have a few instruments on hand, and I’m hoping I can continue in this rhythm for at least the next two or three months. Let […]

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Some Noter Stuff on Electric Dulcimer

I was messing with one of my descending aeolian scale studies last night, and found a section that I thought might go well with some noter sliding or portamento effects. I think this one worked out pretty well (the noter stuff starts about halfway through): https://soundcloud.com/jerry-rockwell/the-singing-messenger

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How to Create Chord Progressions That Grab an Audience’s Attention

this is one GREAT article! I got a killer 8-chord progression from tweaking one of the chorus progressions….