For Hammered Dulcimer Players

Playing blues on the hammered dulcimer? Not only is it possible, it is FUN!
With these exercises, become comfortable finding all the notes in three Blues Scales.

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Pattern 1: 3 Bridges,
Right Hand Start
In this video, Steve demonstrates the A Blues Scale, starting one string above the mark on the bass bridge and playing across both sides of the treble bridge to find the notes A - C - D - Eb - E - G - A. Using the same pattern but moving it up one box, you can now also play the D Blues Scale.
2. Pattern 2: 2 Bridges
Left Hand Start
To play the Blues Scale in E, Steve again begins on the bass bridge - but with the left hand this time to find the notes E - G - A - Bb - B - D - E. This scale toggles back and forth between the bass bridge to the right side of the treble bridge.
3. Put the Patterns Together Now Steve combines these 3 scales to play a tune he calls "The Hammered Dulcimer Blues Scale Blues in A." The scales played to create this tune are as follows: A scale, A scale, D scale, A scale, E scale, D scale, A scale.

Music GlobeExtras

  • The Blues scale¬†consists of 6 different notes. They are the 5 notes of the minor pentatonic scale, plus one additional note. The note added is the diminished 5th. From the image below, you can see the difference between the D and G major scales, and the corresponding blues scales in those keys.
     
    • D Blues Scale = D - F - G - G# - A - C - D
    • G Blues Scale = G - Bb - C - C# - D - F - G
The Blues Scale


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