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Cross Key Scales

Cross Key Scales

The past year or so I have been arranging and playing a lot of tunes in keys other than the open tuning my dulcimer is in. With the addition of the 1.5 fret on a standard dulcimer, and a cross string flatpicking style, there are a wealth of scales, both major and minor, and thus [...]

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Pick Direction – Rules of Engagement

Pick Direction – Rules of Engagement

Everyone has heard great guitar flatpickers. This is a very developed art among guitar players, and the folks that teach it I’m sure have more complete rules on how pick direction is determined than what I know. These rules would apply to flatpicking the dulcimer as well. I would love to talk to an expert [...]

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Just What Is an Udu?

Just What Is an Udu?

Udu The udu is a vessel drum originally from the Igbo people of Nigeria. Traditionally it was a water jug with another hole in the side, played by women for ceremonial music. The udu has become a very popular instrument in the West, and can be heard at least once a week on a television [...]

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Chord Arpeggios

Chord Arpeggios

Article 1 I wrote this article for Mel Bay’s Dulcimer Sessions on the technique of using chord arpeggios for accessing melody

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Creative Composition

Creative Composition

Instructions – Article 2 Since I compose about 95% of the music that I play, it is common for me to hear comments like, “How do you just pull notes out of the air?” or “You have a rare and special gift.” The fact is we all have a special gift, a bit of genius, [...]

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