Playing Blues on the Mountain Dulcimer
Wednesdays 1 pm MDT Beginning Sept 29th, 2021.
Playing blues on the mountain dulcimer is accessible and fun. We'll learn the chord shapes, progressions and scales in order to play in DAd tuning. Our text will be Playing Blues on the Mountain Dulcimer. Armed with the understanding and tools of chords, scales, rhythms and techniques, we can play our blues into the corner for awhile!—This class equips us to do just that!
A step-by-step over 6-weeks progressive approach yields the "stickiest" learning.
Screen to Screen Zoom Class, a PDF copy of Steve's Playing Blues on the Mountain Dulcimer, .mp3 files for priming the pump and reinforcement, archive videos of classes each week.
1 pm MDT = 12 noon PDT = 2 pm CDT = 4 pm EDT = 7 pm UTC
Tuned to D-A-d, a Mountain Dulcimer is perfect for playing Pentatonic Minor and Blues Scales in keys OTHER than D!
Each week we'll have tunes which make use of the skills we are gaining and sharpening.
Using the Dulcimer Layout to play Blues Chords
We will get comfortable playing back-up chords for typical 12-bar blues progressions in several keys.
Swing Rhythms and other skills
like string bending, tremolos, and chunking are some of the special things we'll explore for playing this genre.
Steve Eulberg has over 37 years of experience
discovering, playing and teaching hammered dulcimer. He earned a Master of Music Education from Boston University with a goal of teaching traditional music on traditional instruments.
Participation in this class includes a downloadable copy of Interactive PDF of Steve's Text with a demonstration CD. This can be imported into tablet software like ForScore.
If you'd like to purchase the physical book CD, click this button below
The traditional way of learning is...
knee to knee or in our case, screen to screen.
Students will receive .mp3 sound files to listen before class to the tunes we'll be learning, together with the reinforcement of written tablature.
Finally, a video archive of each week's session is provided to students as well.
The Dulcimer Community is welcoming....
This course gives you the skills to enter into jam sessions of traditional music and hammer along with enthusiasm and joy!
“Steve's enthusiasm, professionalism, knowledge and effective teaching style make all of his classes very enjoyable and worthwhile.”
“Steve is a wonderful Instructor - welcomes questions and takes the time to answer in a manner that everyone can use to better their playing experience.”
“Steve is a master musician and a master teacher who teaches the basics but also challenges even advanced players. He is patient and encouraging and approaches music with a great sense of humor.”
“Truly inspiring, and face it, it's pretty hard to inspire someone to want to practice, lol.”