For Mountain Dulcimer Players in D-A-d Tuning

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Demonstration of the Tune Steve composed this tune to demonstrate how accessible and fun it is to play blues on the dulcimer! And you can name it for whatever blues you are having at the moment.
2. You Name It Blues Chords We review a typical 12-bar blues format, which is the backbone of this tune, and the use of dominant 7th chords in the key of A.
3. Melody and Woodshedding 1 Here Steve lays out the melody, which remains the same even when the chords change. Following that we break the melody down into phrases and take them to the woodshed for repetition.
4. Melody and Woodshedding 2 Now we work on the bend that is required on the middle string to play the b5 (diminished 5th) note of the Blues scale.
5. Review the Blues Scale It is time to review the Blues scale so we can understand what we are doing as well as how to do it.
6. Together Slowly Now that we have worked on all the pieces, we put them together and play the melody more slowly.
7. Vibrato When playing this tune as a duet (see supplemental) the melody has one long-held note each time. Here we woodshed the technique of playing a very broad vibrato for tone and style.
8. The Works With the chords and melody, we play the whole tune, up to speed, as a solo. You play, you name it!

PDFTablature

  • You Name It Blues: Melody
  • You Name It Blues: Backup
  • You Name It Blues: Duet

  • A Typical 12-Bar Blues Form
  • Blues Chord Shapes & Voicings
  • Dominant 7th Chords

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  • You Name It Blues: Melody
  • You Name It Blues: Backup

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  • You Name It Blues: Melody
  • You Name It Blues: Backup

Music GlobeExtras

  • History of the Blues

  • Here is Stephen Seifert playing the "Carrol County Blues" on mountain dulcimer.

  • The blues translate to any language as seen in this video with Balu der Barde playing the "Dulcimer Blues" on an Electric Mountain Dulcimer.

  • Lesson: Playing the Blues Chords on mountain dulcimer

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