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Never Give Up

When we lived in Branson, MO, my husband and I went to see Mickey Gilley’s show several times at the Mickey Gilley Theatre, and we also saw him share his music in informal settings. We met Mickey personally and had a great admiration for him because we loved his songs. But we held him in high esteem even more because he had a “never give up” attitude. He loved to tell the story of how it took him 17 years to have a No. 1 hit. He learned to play that Louisiana rhythm and blues style on the pian…

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New Feature: Sample Lessons

NEW FEATURE: Sample Lessons

SampleLessons

We've added a new feature on our DulcimerCrossing.com website:  Sample Lessons by several of our instructors for each of the instruments for which we teach Courses.

Click here to Sample them!

Mountain Dulcimer:

These are sample mountain dulcimer lessons from DulcimerCrossing's curriculum, one from each level we teach:

Absolute Beginning-Level 1-Steve Eulberg

Beyond Beginning-Level 2-Butch Ross

Intermediate-Level 3-Neal Hellman

Advanced-Level 4-Nina Zanetti

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Musical Etiquette

Some of us play professionally with others in a band. But most of us only have an opportunity to play along with our friends occasionally … perhaps at a jam session, at the nursing home, or on a friend’s front porch. Whatever the scenario, it is important to follow proper musical etiquette in order to enjoy a satisfying experience with other musicians and your audience.

Musical etiquette is the practice of following the unwritten ground rules that help musicians get along and work effectively t…

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So Very Thankful

There is a question everyone is asking these days. We’re checking our cupboards and cabinets and asking ourselves, “Do we have enough ____ ?” We all have memories of going to the store in 2020 and seeing the toilet paper row empty. My daughter lived in Switzerland at that time, in an apartment that straddled two grocery stores. I would text her a photo of an empty row at Walmart, and she would text back a photo showing the same situation in the stores below where she lived.

And now it seems t…

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DulcimerCrossing Teachers at the QuaranTUNE Festival 5.0 in October

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DulcimerCrossing.com is proud, once again, to be a Gold Sponsor for the 5th QuaranTUNE Dulcimer Festival which happens online October 7-10th this year.

We have a long history of providing sponsorship and scholarship support to festivals across the country because we know that there is no substitute for in-person learning.

We are also excited that several of our teachers are providing workshops for this festival!

Erin Mae Lewis

Butch Ross

Don Pedi

Nina Zanetti

Karen Mueller

DJ Hamouris

L…

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Leap Forward with Matthew Dickerson today!



National Hammered Dulcimer Champion and DulcimerCrossing instructor, Matthew Dickerson, will share his knowledge and experience in our March Leap Forward in Your Musical Understanding Live Event for Premium Members today.



Log in with your Premium Membership to access this lesson today:



4 pm PDT | 5 pm MDT | 6 pm CDT | 7 pm EDT



That Membership also lets you view the Archive Videos of the previous lessons:



Circle of 5ths/Ionian Mode Week 1





Dorian Mode Week 2





Aeolian Mode Week 3





M…

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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?



Aeoli…

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Leap Forward Week 2 Homework

Here is the Handout for this week's Class.



Student Assessment Lesson 2 Leap Forward in Your Music Understanding



Homework



1. Compare what we did in Dorian of E to Dorian of D



2. Look through your music and see if you can identify what key the songs are and whether or not they are in the Dorian (Mountain Minor) Mode.



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



4. Report back with questions, insights, “aha” experiences in the comment section of the Ho…

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Leap Forward Week 2



In this week's lesson we'll look at the DORIAN (mountain minor) MODE.



Thursday, Jan 16th 4-5 pm PST = 5-6 MST = 6-7 CST = 7-8 EST



Premium Members of Dulcimercrossing.com can access this lesson by logging in and clicking on the link at the LIVE EVENTS SCHEDULE and clicking on the Zoom meeting link.



If you missed the first session which was available to both Premium and Basic Members, you can click on the WATCH the VIDEO ARCHIVE link on your respective LIVE EVENTS Pages when logged in to the…

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Leap Forward Music Theory Homework Session 1

Here is the Handout for today's lesson and the Homework.



Here is the SELF-ASSESSMENT for today's lesson and the Homework.



HOMEWORK (reminder)



1. Find another key, explore it, and explain to someone what you discover



2. Look through your music and see if you can identify what key the songs and whether or not it is in the Ionian (Major Scale) Mode. (Eye)



3. Listen to the Backing Tracks Library on DulcimerCrossing and see if you can identify what key the tunes are and whether or not they are …

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