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Monthly Archives: October 2007

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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Neal Walters: reviews Craft of Kin

Neal Walters: reviews Craft of Kin

From the Fall 2001 issue of Dulcimer Players News Craft of Kin . The Gallier Brothers, Dancing Thumb Music, PO Box 4922, G. S., Springfield, MO 65808, 417-865-4170, www.dulcimercentral.com http://www.dulcimercentral.com/ (CD) Les and Gary Gallier are the “kin” implied in the title and the twobrothers make some wonderful music together as those of you who [...]

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Walnut Valley Occasional: review

Walnut Valley Occasional: review

The Gallier Brothers – Craft of Kin Winfield review reprinted from the Walnut Valley Occasional, September, 2002By Wanyne Steadham II This collection of instrumental acoustic music is a cerebral trip to Appalachia. These guys include dulcimer, mandolin, fiddle and hand drums to evoke music like an acoustic Moody Blues recording sans the synthesizer. The Gallier [...]

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