Steve EulbergSteve Eulberg

Steve earned a Master of Music Education degree from Boston University.  Steve teaches dulcimers in his studio in San Mateo, CA, and is in demand at festivals, weekend and week-long dulcimer workshops across the USA.

For the past 30 years Steve has been weaving old-timey music with blues and contemporary tunes adding original songs into a tapestry of “smile-inducing, toe-tapping folkgrass” that captivates and energizes audiences of all ages.  His music has been featured on United Airlines’ Inflight Audio, PBS’s Roadtrip Nation and National Public Radio. An active touring musician, film and theater composer, he has had several songs in the Top 10 Independent Country Chart reported by The Music Review.

Steve has prepared a video for you, telling a bit more about himself.

Theory

Introduction to the Dulci-Bro
In the introduction, Steve points out the different parts of this unique hybrid instrument and see how it relates to mountain dulcimers. Steve also covers several techniques that are needed when playing slide style on an instrument and a few tips to keep in mind that are different from regular mountain dulcimer playing.
Blues Lick
Slides and intervals are combined to execute a very cool blues lick.
Intervals
Choosing two of the four strings in a chord creates an "interval. These can be played in both major and minor keys.
Left Hand Techniques
The familiar "style" with slide playing comes from a left hand technique that produces vibrato. In this lesson, we will use the frets as markers to find the usual chords we expect to see on a dulcimer.
Right Hand Techniques
In this lesson, we turn our attention to the right hand, the home position, and our first two picking patterns.
Using a Strap
Playing with a strap allows the player to play standing up! Here we look at how to use the strap and why.

Tunes

Mississippi Sawyer
A "Mississippi sawyer" was a term used by riverboat pilots and crew to refer to a partially submerged log bobbing up and down in a sawing motion, which could wreak havoc on the hull of a paddleboat. Some have said this tune was named after a man who built a sawmill near the place where the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers join.
Old Yellow Dog
This is an old-time fiddle tune with the same melody line as the well-known tune, The Old Grey Mare. This song was possibly written back in the Civil War Days, before there were screens on the windows or doors on the church. The inspiration for it may have come when an old yellow dog was seen walking through the church on a Sunday morning.
Polly Wolly Doodle
This familiar American song dates back to the Civil War where it was a favorite in minstrel shows. With this song, Steve demonstrates that it is not only possible to play chords on the dulci-bro, but also the melody using a slide!
Swing Low: Chords
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" is a historic American Negro spiritual. Putting together our basic skills for both hands, we'll learn to play the spiritual, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" in the key of G, using the 1st Pinch/Pluck pattern.
Swing Low: Melody
One of the most famous performances of this song was sung by Joan Baez during the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival. In this lesson, we look at playing horizontally, across the strings to find the melody notes we need.
You Name It Blues
Steve begins by teaching the chords for a typical 12 bar blues pattern, and then adds the melody.



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