Unhurried Hammering

Erik Satie’s “Gymnopedia Number One” This article presents the classical melody “Gymnopedia Number One” by Erik Satie. The name gymnopedia is that of an ancient Greek festival. Since Satie was French, the French pronunciation is zheem-no-ped-ee(with no real stress on any syllable). The Gymnopedia Suite was published in Paris in...
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  • November 30, 2016
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Middle Eastern Music for the Hammered Dulcimer

By Deborah Justice Middle Eastern music can offer stimulating melodic and rhythmic spice to the usual dulcimer diet of reels, jigs, and waltzes.  I got into it myself back in the late 1990s when my dulcimer and I were recruited by a band of gypsies. Literally. (Okay, to clarify, this...
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  • November 30, 2016
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Getting into Hammered Dulcimer: “Amazing Grace”

Getting Into Hammered Dulcimer by Linda G. Thomas is a new Mel Bay book & teaching CD designed as a “crash course” for hammered dulcimer enthusiasts of ALL experience levels. The fourteen song titles, in standard notation, offer a variety of styles and are presented in the following format: Basic...
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  • November 30, 2016
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