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Enjoy mountain dulcimer lessons and hammered dulcimer lessons at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home. With our online dulcimer lessons, you will soon play dulcimer music well enough to join in at jam sessions with confidence.

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NewSOLDIER'S JOY by Erin Mae Lewis
For Chromatic and Standard Mountain Dulcimer

Our newest lesson, Soldier's Joy, is offered by Erin Mae Lewis for both standard mountain dulcimer and chromatic mountain dulcimer players. Soldier's Joy is frequently played at jam sessions and is quite popular with American fiddler players.

According to documentation at the United States Library of Congress, it is one of the oldest and most widely distributed tunes and is rated in the top ten most-played old-time fiddle tunes in the U.S. However, Soldier's Joy was heard on both sides of the Atlantic in the late eighteenth-century. The tune actually traces its origin to Scottish fiddling traditions, and has been played in Scotland for over 200 years.

Enjoy seeing Erin play through the entire song on her chromatic dulcimer.



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NewCHICKEN REEL by Larry Conger for Mountain Dulcimer

"Chicken Reel" is a dance tune, composed and published in 1910 by Joseph M. (Michael) Daly (1883–1968). Joseph Mittenthal added lyrics three months later.

Along with "Turkey in the Straw," "Chicken Reel" is probably one of the best-known poultry-related folk tunes. It is frequently found in early animated cartoons, including the Looney Tunes, as a catchy tune used to represent farmyard activity, or a gathering of fowl. Originally composed as a novelty song, it has since passed into modern folk tradition.

Today, the tune is usually played without the words, and Larry's arrangement has a lot of hammer-ons and pull-offs. Enjoy Larry's rendition of the tune below.


NewDULCIMER EVENTS PAGE

We have added a Dulcimer Events Page to our website (see the 6th tab from the left at the top). Our vision is to provide as complete a list of dulcimer events as possible - including not just festivals, but also workshops and concerts by dulcimer artists. You can sort this database and look over upcoming events according to the start date, type of event, name of event, location, city, and state. Just click on the column title to reorganize the information.

Please feel free to let us know about your upcoming event by using the Dulcimer Event Information Form. And always keep an eye on our Live Events Calendar, for upcoming concerts sponsored by Dulcimer Crossing.

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