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dulcimer music New Releases Spotify

New Release Today!!

This one started life as “Skip’s Round” in 2015, and the ambient and ethereal takes became “Skip’s Heavenly Round” and now we have the new “Lullaby for a Starry Night” – which is quite similar to those more ambient versions.

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TAB

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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dulcimer music New Releases

New EP Release Coming in September!

My last album, The Singing Messenger, was released November 15th, 2016. Since then I’ve been busy with a Winter-themed album (which is still in process), and this brand-new EP entitled Starlight Variations. This new EP will be available in all the major streaming platforms and at Bandcamp on September 15, 2018. Until then, you can […]

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Album

Tapping at the Edge of Paradise

Meditative and relaxing instrumentals on electric and acoustic mountain dulcimers, by Jerry Rockwell

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Events

Annual SouthEast Ohio Dulcimer Family Reunion

more info at jcrmusic.com

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random thoughts and things I like

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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improvising

Two Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

This time we’ll have a go at some variations on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. I’ve been improvising over this one for decades, and it’s always fun. When you’re doing variations on a well-known folk melody like this, the process is a little “tighter” than improvisation: you are working with some of the main pitches that […]

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random thoughts and things I like

On the way to Cranberry!

Mary and I are about to sample the splendor of at least two of the Finger Lakes near Penn Yan in upstate New York. Tomorrow we will arrive in Latham, NY for the 39th Cranberry Dulcimer and Autoharp Gathering. I will be teaching three workshops and also doing a featured concert set on Saturday night. […]

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music theory random thoughts and things I like

The Dulcimer Capo and How It Works

  Dulcimer capos are interesting devices, because they work very closely with the modal nature of the mountain dulcimer’s mostly diatonic fretboard. I had an GREAT question from one of my email newsletter subscribers recently: “I am intrigued by the notion of using a capo on my dulcimer as you mention in your recent post. […]

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Jerry Rockwell Mountain Dulcimer Newsletter

Jerry Rockwell Mountain Dulcimer Newsletter 4/1/15

One Life 4/4 Study Here is a great chord progression I’ve been working with for almost a decade: Bm / / / | / / / / |D / / / | / / / / |G / / / |D / / / |A / / / | / / / / :|| I […]

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TAB

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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play-under diatonic instruments

Other Instruments with Diatonic Fretboards

I’m curious about what other dulcimer players and builders think about the whole range of dulcimer-like diatonic instruments that you basically strap on and play underneath like a guitar. There are some interesting new instruments that have gotten on my radar recently: http://seagullguitars.com/seagull_merlin.html http://www.folkcraft.com/druid-moon-dulcileles.html …and of course the well-known McNally Strumsticks, which have been around […]