LESSON 2
For Hammered Dulcimer Players

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Chord Voicing Steve continues the lesson on moveable or Portable Chord Shapes, shapes to build a chord that can be moved all over the instrument with predictable results. In this video he introduces the shape that looks like Mississippi, but does not start on the letter name of the chord.
2. The Mississippi Chord Shape & Playing Major Chords Steve demonstrates how, using the Mississippi shape and starting on the marked spot, the second string played gives you the name of that major chord.
3. The Pattern & Playing the Mississippi Chord Shape in Unmarked Boxes Here Steve teaches us what happens if we begin the Mississippi shape one string or two strings above the mark. Then he plays the shape, starting as low as he can, moving all the way up the dulcimer, and names each chord.
4. The Bowtie Chord Shape This interesting chord shape makes some interesting sounding chords.
5. The Kite Chord Shape The kite shape is a 3 bridge shape, starting on the bass bridge.
6. The Principles Behind the Portable Shapes In this video, Steve reviews all the chord shapes we have studied so far, and gives us tips for keeping them straight in our heads.
7. T-Shaped Chords The T-shape chord is like a modified ladder, sitting on its side.
8. Grown Up Chords:
Suspended 4th (Sus4)
Steve defines "grown up" chords as chords with 4 notes - but the last note does not double one of the other three. Steve's first example is what he calls the "Big Box."
9. Grown Up Chords:
Suspended 2nd (Sus2)
This shape is similar to the Utah shape, with one change - replacing the 3rd step of the scale with the 2nd, making it look more like the shape of an "L."
10. Grown Up Chords: Adding a 4th note: Major 7th, 7 and 6 To create the Major 7th chord, you will learn to play what Steve calls the "Small Box." If you bring the last note down 1 string, you will hear the "Mr. Sandman" chord!
11. Grown Up Chords: Adding a 4th note: minor 7th, m7 and m7 (b5) Using the "Small Box" again, we see what happens if you begin the chord 1 string above the mark.
12. Concluding Suggestions Steve suggests that you take one chord shape a week and practice - play it everywhere you can and say the name of each chord as you play it. Then take the songs you're playing, and incorporate these shapes into your arrangements.

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