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Baaaaaad Habits

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Here are some true facts about baaaaad habits.

  • You can play your dulcimer alone or along with others … in spite of bad habits.

  • You can get compliments from people about your dulcimer playing … in spite of bad habits.

  • You can reach some of your goals … in spite of bad habits.

However, when you play your dulcimer with bad habits, you are moving toward an invisible brick wall. Eventually, you’re going to be stopped in your tracks. I’m not making this up. You’re not going to be able to continue advancin…

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Jam Tracks added to the Backing Tracks Library

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by Steve Eulberg

Jam Tracks added to the Backing Tracks Library

There have been several updates that we've been making to the Backing Tracks Library in DulcimerCrossing this past year.  In addition to NEW TRACKS, we've added the description of the track so players know whether there is an introduction or not, and how many times the track is repeated.

As I have spent more time in this library, it is clear that several of our tracks are aimed toward LEARNING and others are aimed at JAMMIN…

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Music is Life

Louis Armstrong once said, “Music is life itself. What would this world be without good music, no matter what kind it is?” Can you imagine a world without music? It would be a world stripped of color and emotions. Music transcends cultural barriers, communicating with the human spirit through a language that is universally understood.

In our day-to-day living, music possesses the remarkable ability to uplift our spirits and transport us to different emotional places. Whether it's the tranquil…

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Reflections

Reflections


Christmas was over in the blink of an eye! And then the New Year’s fireworks in our area announced the beginning of 2024. I imagine some of us made some New Year’s resolutions that night or the next morning. And many of us have also taken time to reflect on how things went over the past year.

Let’s just take a moment to consider our musical achievements in 2023.

  • New Skills: Was this your first year to play the dulcimer? Did you learn some new chords, new licks, or new techniques this year?…

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Practice with PURPOSE

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I made a lot of progress in sharpening up my dulcimer skills during December. I noticed my arpeggios got more accurate, some of the tunes I was dragging made it up to tempo, and my muscle memory improved (I didn’t have to keep my nose down on the strings!).  In addition, my memorized repertoire of Christmas tunes became extended way beyond what I could play at a moment’s notice in October and early November.

What made the difference? Well, to be honest, peer pressure. I knew there would be Ch…

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Looking for a Gift? Give Your Child/Grandchild a Dulcimer!

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I read about a study about the brain and aging … since I have a brain and I am aging (78 last birthday!). The study was conducted by Brenda Hanna-P)lady, Ph.D., who is a neuropsychologist in Emory's Department of Neurology, and cognitive psychologist Alicia MacKay, PhD. The study was to determine if people who spent time throughout their lives playing a musical instrument would score better on cognitive tests than folks who never picked up an instrument.

The study tested 70 individuals age 60-8…

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My Christmas Tree is Leaning

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We got our Christmas tree up early, because we are expecting company. Well, actually, the company is a surprise for my husband but I’m in on the secret so … I had to get everything up and ready early. My son brought the tree over, and offered to help hang the decorations since he doesn’t want me climbing ladders any more. But I’m a bit OCD so I sad, “No, but thank you. I want to take my time and place every ball and decoration in just the right place.”

So I started with the lower branches, but …

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Christmas/Holiday-Themed Content

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by Steve Eulberg

Christmas/Holiday-themed content

We have compiled a list of our holiday-themed Lessons, Backing Tracks, Workshops, Livestreams and Blogposts

This list can also be found in the top menu on our homepage at Our Offerings.
Let us know which are YOUR favorites in the DulcimerTent Forum

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An Encyclopedia of Live Workshops & Concerts Archive

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by Steve Eulberg

Linda Ratcliff and I built DulcimerCrossing to be a resource for people like us, who lived beyond the boundaries of the dulcimer world (or sometimes at its edges) in order to support and equip people long to play and enjoy making music for themselves on the instruments they love.

So we have over 200 courses of lessons for mountain and hammered dulcimers, chromatic mountain dulcimers, dulci-bro and fiddle!

And, It just struck me how much MORE rich and full this resource is, ri…

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Are You a December Musician?

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I was listening to a sermon by Max Lucado, and he was talking about December Christians. These are the people who will tell you that the reason for the season is Jesus, not the gifts or the decorations. And these are the folks who go to church on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. But the rest of the year (well, except for Easter), you don’t hear or see much from them about their faith.

And as I was listening, my conscience was pricked. No, not about being a December Christian, but about being…

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