6 Things You Need To Be Ready With Before Launching New PPC Campaign

Do you have all of your PPC ducks in a row? The world of pay-per-click advertising is extremely competitive, and if you don't know the right keywords to bid on or the right extensions to add, you could be wasting your money. In some competitive markets, you may have to...
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  • October 10, 2018
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“Flop Eared Mule” an Easy and Popular Old-Time Tune for Hammered Dulcimer

arranged by Sally Hawley This popular jamming and contra dance piece is also called the “Blue Bell Polka.” It is actually what’s called a “cotillion.” Usually with cotillions, the parts are played in A-B-A sequence. “Flop Eared Mule” is also fun because it changes key. The A part is in...
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  • November 30, 2016
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“Kevin Keegan’s Waltz” an Irish Waltz for Hammered Dulcimer

This is one of hammered dulcimer artist Ken Kolodner’s “signature” pieces. Ken says of this it, “Kevin Keegan’s Waltz is one of the many great tunes which I have learned from button accordion virtuoso Billy McComiskey. Billy is widely regarded in traditional music circles for his playing in the Irish...
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  • November 30, 2016
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Hammered Dulcimer: “Be Thou My Vision”

This collection of music conveys author Madeline MacNeil’s love of hymns. Many of these arrangements provide a harmony part that may be performed on another instrument such as the flute, guitar, bowed psaltery, or mountain dulcimer. The majority of these tunes can be played on a 12/11-course hammered dulcimer (with...
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  • November 30, 2016
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Christmas Carol for Hammered Dulcimer

The melody of “Ding Dong, Merrily on High” was first a secular dance tune titled “le branle de l’Official” and appeared in a sixteenth century dance book written by Jehan Tabourot. The lyrics, in somewhat antiquated language, were written much later by an English composer named George Ratcliff Woodward and was...
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  • November 30, 2016
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“Spanish Lady” for Mountain Dulcimer

This traditional Irish song captured my attention on folk radio. What struck me was the beautiful melody and rhythm in conjunction with the quirky counting chorus, and the story: a young man is smitten by a woman of questionable reputation washing her feet by candlelight on a late-night street in...
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  • November 30, 2016
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“Down by the Salley Gardens” for Hammered Dulcimer

The words to this song (in Irish ‘Gort na Saileán) are from a poem composed by Irish poet William Butler Yeats and published in 1889: Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet; She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet. She bid me take love...
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  • November 30, 2016
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“Children of the Heavenly Father” – A Swedish-American Hymn

During Swedish opera star Jenny Lind’s America tour in the 1850s, the pastor of a church out on the Illinois prairie hit her up for a donation. Known as the “Swedish nightingale,” she had a reputation for supporting good causes, and Pastor Lars Esbjorn definitely had a good one. His...
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  • November 30, 2016
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“Off to California” An Irish Hornpipe

The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) began when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. It was the inspiration for many Irishmen to immigrate to seek a fortune. This tune is from that era. “Off to California” is arranged here in mountain dulcimer tablature from...
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  • November 30, 2016
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“Flop Eared Mule”

“Flop Eared Mule” is a popular old-time and bluegrass acoustic jam session tune. Some fiddlers call it the “Blue Bell Polka.” The form of this tune is called a “cotillion,” which means you always end the tune with the “A” part. There is an interesting key change in this tune,...
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  • November 30, 2016
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“Joy to the World”

The composer of “Joy to the World” was Isaac Watts (1674-1748). He was one of the great hymn writers, and the first to produce a modern-style hymnbook. A prolific and popular hymn writer, he was recognized as the “Father of English Hymnody,” credited with some 750 hymns. Many of his...
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  • November 30, 2016
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Scottish Christmas Tunes for Hammered Dulcimer

This tune book/CD combination published by Mel Bay has many lovely tunes. The CD presents the hammered dulcimer in an ensemble setting with fiddle, pipes and guitar. Mel Bay author Maggie Sansone plays hammered dulcimer the “A Scottish Christmas” recording. The CBS “Sunday Morning” show said of the CD, “One...
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  • November 30, 2016
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God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen Arranged for Mountain Dulcimer

The lyrics of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” author unknown, are reputed to date back to the 15thCentury, making it one of the oldest carols. It was first published in 1833, when it appeared in Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern, a collection of seasonal carols gathered by William B. Sandys....
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  • November 30, 2016
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“Pipe on the Hob” an Irish Jig in A minor for Mountain Dulcimer

I “cut my dulcimer-playing teeth” playing in traditional Irish music sessiúns in New York City. The jigs were some of my favorite tunes, and the sound of the strummed mountain dulcimer reminded me of the ever-more-popular bouzoukis being played in well-known traditional Irish bands. There are a couple of other...
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  • November 30, 2016
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Composing on the Hammered Dulcimer

So, you have been playing your instrument for a while now and you feel the urge to compose something original. But where do you start, and how do you finish? Truthfully, all you really need is your instrument and the desire to make music. But here is a list of...
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  • November 30, 2016
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