This one was the first successful original tune in the major pentatonic, using only the notes D, E, F#, A, and B. I am currently up to four of these tunes……I wonder if that means I’m on a roll???
I’ve been curating this playlist on Spotify for a few years now, and it really is one of my favorites. It started out as a very dreamy and sleepy set of tunes, and has evolved into more of a sunrise cycle — a “greet the new day” kind of vibe…..
Waking Up On Cloud Nine:
Skip’s Round was first included in my first book of Patreon lessons and it was originally in the key of D. This version has one electric dulcimer in High GDGG and another in DADD playing in the key of G (without a capo).
Enjoy listening and playing along!!
The first eight months of my Patreon lessons are contained in the Ebook entitled “Irish Airs, English Folksongs, and Originals Arranged for Mountain Dulcimer” — which is basically Book One of these lessons.
Here is a free excerpt from this ebook (in pdf format), consisting of the tune called “First Birds of the Morning” FirstBirdsExcerpt
This is a brand-new version of an original tune from about 1993. It is in the spirit of an Irish slow air, and it has strong modal flavoring throughout. The original recording was just solo acoustic mountain dulcimer….fingerpicking style and just some open string drone in spots. This new recording uses a few tracks of electric dulcimer, along with some ambient wash in the background. I have also added more chords: making it a bit less of a dronal texture.
Here is the link for doing a pre-save on the major streaming platforms:
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.