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music theory

D – A7 – Bm – G chord charts

I’ve been doing this kind of chord reference chart for the mountain dulcimer since about 1975, and I’m still trying to figure out the best way to render them on the web: Light_Into_Darkness_Charts_3 These charts go along with a little composition project we’re doing currently. I asked my newsletter subscribers if anyone wanted to do […]

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diatonic improvising music theory

Axis of Awesome!

Four Chords for a mess of pop songs! This Aussie comedy act is really amazing. Butch Ross told me about them in 2007 or 2008, when I was obsessed with my little four chord circular progression D – A – Bm – G… that I used for Light Into Darkness, Tapping at the Edge of […]

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hexatonic

E minor Hexatonic Jam-A-Round

I think this 6-tone or hexatonic Em – D Jam-A-Round is the most fun of all so far!! The Jam-A-Round idea is very simple: over a repeating chord progression, often using a descending scale, we just plug in parts where the 8-bar progressions begin. You never know how parts interact until you try, so if […]

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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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random thoughts and things I like

Interview with BT Fasmer

This was a real joy for me – being able to tell my story easily and freely, with just the right questions. The interviewer here is BT Fasmer, who has a GREAT New Age Music portal he runs in Bergen, Norway: Interview with Jerry Rockwell Enjoy! Jerry

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diatonic

Modal Chord Progressions!

I have always been a fan of Gary Ewer’s online resources for learning basic music theory and improving your songwriting skills, but when the subject is very close to my heart, like Modal Chord Progressions, all of my lights and buzzers start to go off simultaneously!! Gary Ewer has a post about how to get […]