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 was a group of white […]
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 Melody Embellished/Variation, and Back-up Chords/Accompaniment. […]
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 church had set aside enough […]
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 Lois Hornbostel’s Mel Bay book […]
“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, from the key of D […]
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 hymns remain in use today […]
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 of the best selling CDs […]
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. It is believed that this […]
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 Irish tunes with this name, […]
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 hints to get started for […]
Editor’s note: At the 2011 Fiddlers Grove fiddle convention I attended a jam in their “jamming barn.” It’s known for the expert senior players who jam swing, country and other vocally-driven music. This is the territory in which a musician who joins the jam needs to be able to play in many keys. As a […]
Often, parents are unable to decide whether to raise their kids at home with the help of a nanny or to take the to a local child care Burlington facility. While it is not easy to make such a decision, it is vital to understand that every method had its pros and cons. However, the benefits of taking a kid to a good daycare facility outweigh the advantages of raising a kid at home. The following are some of the reasons why parents take their kids to these facilities:
If you want to make your hardwood floors look new without refinishing them or buying new wood flooring Toronto, you can paint them. This is a project you could do yourself, but make sure to do it correctly the first time or you might have to hire someone to redo the paint job. Here are several essential tips to help you beautifully paint your hardwood floors:
If you’re expecting, you may be wondering whether or not a baby show will even be worth your time. You’re expecting designer displays with all sorts of equipment that you can’t afford. Maybe you’re bringing in plenty of hand-me-downs or relying on friends and family to share the latest parenting news with you. Attending a baby show, however, has a number of benefits for future parents.
Engaged couples who are planning their wedding will quickly learn just how many details there are to creating the perfect event. From the flowers to the favors, there are many items to pick out to create a special day that is remembered for a lifetime. To ensure that you can plan your wedding officiant successfully and allow it to be everything you’ve envisioned, there are a few important tips to follow.
I belong to one of the couple types that Hanna Rosin described in her recent piece on breadwinner wives in Slate magazine—the one where the “woman is a born workaholic and the man lives a slower pace”. Although it is more complex than those labels, I have nevertheless lived a version of that story for […]