“Scotland the Brave” Using Different Mountain Dulcimer Drones

The bagpipe tune, “Scotland the Brave,” probably became known around the turn of the 20th Century.  It is considered the unofficial national anthem of Scotland. Many people in the U.S. first heard this traditional melody in the 1950s, when the Ames Brothers recorded contemporary lyrics to it bearing the name...
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  • November 30, 2016
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Mountain Dulcimer Blues 101

By Bing Futch Music is a language much like English, German, French or Kacipo-Balesi. If you think of 12 chromatic notes like our 26 letters of the alphabet in the western English language – those same 26 letters (sometimes with diacritical markings) can order coffee in Spanish, beer in German...
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  • November 30, 2016
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Traditional Ballad for Mountain Dulcimer: “Barbara Allen”

by Ralph Lee Smith with Madeline MacNeil This ballad has origins in the British Isles. The version here was collected by Cecil Sharp and published in his 19312 book, English Folk-Songs from the Southern Appalachians. The arrangement here is from the singing of Loraine Wyman. The music of Lorraine, and...
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  • November 30, 2016
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“Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair”

by Stephen Foster arranged for Mountain Dulcimer by Shelley Stevens The following arrangement is from MB96543BCD, Stephen Foster for Mountain Dulcimer, by Shelley Stevens. Often sung in the Key of F, Shelley has arranged it to the key of D and the familiar DAD mountain dulcimer tuning. Listen to Shelley...
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  • November 30, 2016
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Mountain Dulcimer: Those Sparkling Harmonics!

We all may have occasions where we want to put some “dazzle” into our playing. Harmonics can add sparkle to an arrangement and also can sometimes provide a handy way to negotiate a tricky passage. What’s a harmonic? The easy definition is: a “clear bell-like sound” produced by lightly stopping...
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“Haste to the Wedding” An Irish Jig for Mountain Dulcimer

“Haste to the Wedding” is a favorite traditional Irish dance and jamming tune. Here is Mark Nelson’s mountain dulcimer arrangement of it from the above-referenced book. You can purchase the book and its accompanying CD, or “e” version at MelBay.com   Listen to Mark Nelson play “Haste to the Wedding.”...
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