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Learning Chords in DAD Tuning (Part 2)

In the first installment of our D Major chord exercises, we took a look at some of the most basic ways to play the D-G-D-A-D sequence of chords. This time we’ll try some ascending chord forms to give a little variety and movement to the progression. Now you might be wondering what else you can […]

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Learning Chords on Your Dulcimer

There are many approaches to learning chords on your dulcimer. I like to group the main chords in the key of D together in the lower frets, then the middle frets, and then finally in the higher frets up towards the 7th fret. By playing the D, G, and A chords in this sequence: D […]

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QuaranTUNE 3.0 Workshops I’ll Be Teaching In February

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 […]

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May 2020 Dulcimer!

NEW RELEASE On Bandcamp!!! Bandcamp is forgoing their share of revenue today, May 1st, so if you decide to download some of my new music, I will get 100%. This is a very helpful and generous gesture from a GREAT company! Many of us musicians and music teachers have been hit pretty hard by this […]

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Descending Harmonized Scales (and Modes)

In the beginning of 2014, I was just starting my relationship with Mailchimp, one of the best email marketing companies on the planet, and I was really excited at that time with building chords off of each degree of a descending scale or mode. Here is an example of one of the pieces I recorded […]

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And Another Pentatonic Tune……

Here is the third tune in a series of D Major Pentatonic Tunes I’ve been messing with the last couple of weeks. Easy to play, for sure, but NOT as easy to write!! But I am getting better……

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Sleepy-time Twinkle

If you want to try playing along, here is a 5-page TAB and music pdf excerpt from my recent ebook:

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Salisbury Frost Music and Tablature (from Nov 2017)

Here is some instruction on how to play along with my tunes Salisbury Frost, Canterbury Dreams, and Somerset Dreams (the last two are newer tunes which evolved from the original). At Patreon, we’re doing a lot of stuff like this month after month.

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A Country Waltz Project

Here are a few 32-bar arrangements of a little country waltz I wrote in the last week. The first one is in D out of DAD tuning, and the second one is in G, while still in DAD (with no capo). These are both bare-bones arrangements, though the one in D has more fills added […]

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Dulcimer TAB: Ideas for Hey, Ho, Nobody Home

There are many possibilities for melodies to go over the Em – D chords that accompany the round Hey, Ho, Nobody Home. Here are some of my ideas on this with your DAD-tuned dulcimer with a capo on the first fret. The basic idea is that you go right up the basic 6-tone (or hexatonic) […]