Leap Forward Week 3

Performance Tasks/Learning Objectives from this lesson:

1. Find an E Aeolian Scale (Natural/Pure Minor) on your instrument 

2. Use that knowledge to Play God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen or Wayfaring Stranger

3. Name the notes that the student used to play this scale

4. Define the Aeolian scale 

5. For Mountain Dulcimer: What do I have and what Drones do I need?

A. If I use a Capo how do I tune and where do I start?

B. How can I re-tune and play Aeolian in some different Keycenters?

Aeolian Scales Melody String

Aeolian Scales Across Strings

6. For Hammered Dulcimer: Name all the Aeolian Scales I have on my instrument.

7. Understand the usual chords in Aeolian of E Diatonic Chords with G Key Signature 

8. Clues for figuring out if a song is in the Aeolian Mode

9.  Gapped Scales (Pentatonic, Hexatonic)

Other tunes that are in Aeolian Mode: (in Premium Backing Tracks on DulcimerCrossing.com) 

Lake Ozark Blues (Aeolian of D)

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Aeolian of D, E, F#, G and A)

Portage River (Aeolian of D)

` Reluctant Busboy (Aeolian of E)


1. Compare what we did in Aeolian of E to Aeolian of B

2. Look through your music and see if you can identify what key the songs and whether or not it is in the Aeolian (Natural or Pure Minor Mode.) (Eye)

3. Play Along with the Backing Tracks Library on DulcimerCrossing (listed above).

4.  Look at the Dulcimercrossing lessons that are in the Aeolian Mode: We Three Kings , I Wonder As I Wander

5. Report back with questions, insights, “aha” experiences in the comment section of the Homework Week 3 post on the Blog The password is: leapforward

Resources Needed:

Visualization of the Aeolian scale on Hammered Dulcimer (box)

Aeolian Scales on Mountain Dulcimer E & B

Aeolian Scales on Mountain Dulcimer D

God Rest Ye Merry Hammered Dulcimer, Mountain DAC = Dm

God Rest Ye Merry Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer DAd Capo 1 = Em

Star of the County Down Em

Star of the County Down Bm

Star of the County Down Am

Wayfaring Stranger Em

Self-Assessment based on Student Performance Tasks 


1 comment

Erin Mae

I thought it might be helpful to post the "Chat" from this live video here: 18:12:47 From Erin Mae Lewis : https://dulcimercrossing.blog/2020/01/31/leap-forward-week-3/ 18:21:07 From Steve Eulberg : Aeolian of E: E F# G A B C D e 18:23:07 From Steve Eulberg : Aeolian Intervals: w h w w h w w 18:25:22 From Steve Eulberg : Aeolian Scale degrees: 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 8 18:26:06 From Steve Eulberg : Compare: Ionian: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 18:26:14 From Steve Eulberg : Compare Dorian: 1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7 8 18:28:57 From Steve Eulberg : DAd with Capo 1: Em 18:29:08 From Steve Eulberg : DAC= Dm 18:30:12 From Steve Eulberg : DGd Capo 2: Bm 18:31:45 From Steve Eulberg : (Start 5th fret) 18:38:27 From Steve Eulberg : Diatonic Chords in Aeolian: I ii° bIII iv v bVI bVII 18:39:01 From Steve Eulberg : i ii° bIII iv v bVI bVII 18:43:56 From Steve Eulberg : Harmonic Minor: 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 7 8 18:48:09 From Steve Eulberg : Pentatonic Tunes (use 5) 18:48:20 From Steve Eulberg : Hexatonic Tunes (use 6 notes) 19:01:53 From Steve Eulberg : Leap Forward Week 3 Homework: password: leapforward
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