Celtic Music for Mountain Dulcimers

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1. Reels - A In this lesson we explore the rhythmic foundation of REELS, which are written in 4/4 time. 
2. Reels - B, Accenting the Downbeat Using "vocables", we learn how to strum with accents on the downbeats, that support the Reel-style tune. Strategies for obtaining dynamics are also demonstrated for both out and in-strumming. 
3. Reels - C In this lesson we explore and try playing reels with a backbeat feel. 
4. Jig Strum 1 Now we turn our attention from the simple (duple) meter that powers Reels to the compound meter that is the core of Jigs. After we develop our understanding we learn the first of two strum patterns to play Jigs. 
5. Jig Strum 2 Here is the 2nd way to strum the jig strum, using your strong hand to produce both accents in every measure. 
6. Slip Jigs Slip Jigs are an interesting and fun variation on the jig rhythm and present a challenge for accenting and keeping the timing going, when the non-dominant hand is also providing accents on the alternating strong beats. 
7. Hornpipes Another traditional Celtic rhythm that is lots of fun to play is the Hornpipe. This 4/4 rhythm has the same meter as Reels, but is played with a l-o-n-g, short, l-o-n-g, short, bouncy rhythm rather than straight and even like the Reels. Have fun! 
8. Strathspeys Strathspeys are some of Steve's favorite tune types because they use the unique Scottish "snap" and combine it with the triplets and long-short rhythms of hornpipes to produce a very regal tune type. 

Another Jig Will DoPDFSupplemental Materials

Playing Celtic Rhythms

You can continue lessons on Celtic music with Steve's CD called "Another Jig Will Do". This is a 74 page. Book and Demo CD with songs and tunes from Ireland, England and Scotland arranged for Mountain and Hammered Dulcimers by Steve Eulberg. DAA, DAd tunings, use of Capo. Airs, Ballads, Jigs, Slip Jigs, Hornpipes, Slides, Strathspeys, Reels and Waltzes.


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