Blacktail Weasel and the GroundSquirrel Clan
Arranged for Mountain Dulcimer Players in D-A-d


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1. Demo Steve demonstrates this original, modal tune before teaching us how to play it!
2. DAd "Modal" Explained Before launching into the tune, Steve explains its modal character and how it fits this tuning on a traditionally-fretted dulcimer.
3. Melody Part A, Phrases 1-3 In this segment we learn the rhythm and the melody for the first three phrases of the A Part of this tune.
4. Melody Part A, Phrase 4 The final phrase of the A part is introduced, with its syncopated rhytm and then placed in context.
5. Phrase 4 Woodshedding Here we'll use the "woodshedding" technique to work on the passage that is flatpicked across the strings.
6. A Part All Together In this segment we put the whole A Part together.
7. Melody Part B, Phrases 1-3 In this segment we learn the rhythm and the melody for the first three phrases of the B Part of this tune.
8. Melody Part B, Phrase 4 Here we learn the two different phrases that end the B Section of the tune.
9. All Put Together All the parts of the song are put together now.
10. Tips for Playing Steve offers tips on strumming and playing harmonics, two techniques he uses in this tune.
11. Adding Articulations Here we see the different articulations that can be used to play this tune (hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides.) If you need more practice of these techniques, visit the lesson "Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs" in the Mountain Dulcimer Skills of the website.
12. The Story Here's the story behind the song!

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