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It's time to review your Christmas tunes, and we recommend that you consider Silent Night. This is a trio arrangement in D-A-A tuning, with an added descant. This arrangement will work with an ensemble of both kinds of dulcimers or both mountain (in both tunings!) and hammered dulcimers. Get together with your friends to try it!
The hymn was first performed on December 24, 1818, at the Christmas Eve service in the Nikolaus-Kirche (Church of St. Nicholas) in Oberndorf, Austria. Joseph Mohr and Franz Grüber sang their hymn to the accompaniment of Grüber’s guitar. The hymn made a deep impact upon the congregation, and has continued to touch the hearts of each succeeding generation. The passing of time has only made the carol more and more popular.
Steve is introducing a new series of lessons at Dulcimer Crossing - How to Play Bluegrass on the Dulcimer. I've gone camping to attend bluegrass festivals, and in the evening - all the musicians like to gather around the campfire and jam. But, I have to be honest, my hammered dulcimer has been less than welcome at jams. People look at me with suspicion until they've heard my backup style. In this series of lessons, Steve demonstrates how dulcimer players can fit right in with bluegrass jammers - by learning to play chop chords like a mandolin player.
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My favorite part of this lesson comes when Steve teaches the bluegrass lick. A lick is usually played when there's not much else going on in the music, and Steve demonstrates one that is commonly used. He puts it all together in a bluegrass style rendition of I'll Fly Away with chop back-up chords and the lick. This new lesson comes with a back-up track recorded by Steve.
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