Allemande
Taught by Neal Hellman for Mountain Dulcimer Players in D-A-d tuning

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Demo First, Neal plays through the entire tune at a medium speed.
2. Part A Neal uses an interesting combination of hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, strumming and picking to demonstrate the A Part of this beautiful tune.
3. Part B The B Part has a "tricky" part, and this section is played through quickly three times in a row. You can either play through it by picking each note, or play with a combination of strums, pull-offs, hammer-ons, and picks.
4. New Dulcimer In the final video, Neal uses a different dulcimer tuned up to G, and plays through the tune at the proper tempo.

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We tend to think of the mountain dulcimer as an instrument that is only useful for those lively fiddle tunes we like to play at jam sessions. However, this instrument also lends itself very nicely to classical tunes as well, as we see in this lesson shared by Neal Hellman.

The word "allemande" refers to a musical composition or movement (as in a baroque suite), played at a moderate tempo with either two or four beats to the measure. The composer of our lesson is a classical composer, Johannes de Gruyetters (1709-1772). Below are videos of other "Allemande" compositions, both written by another classical composer, J.S. Bach (1685-1750).

  • Allemande, written for solo cello, played on chromatic mountain dulcimer by Brighter Lights

  • Allemande, played on hammered dulcimer by Ekaterina Yukhnova

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