Taught by Erin Mae Lewis, for Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer Players


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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Where to Put Marker Dots Erin came to the chromatic dulcimer from the diatonic mountain dulcimer, and she thinks of it very much as an instrument in the key of D with a few extra notes. Watch the video to see why she decided to put her marker dots at the 5th, 9th and 12th frets chromatically.
2. How Do You Think About It? Here Erin discusses the various reasons that people choose to purchase and learn to play the chromatic dulcimer, instead of a diatonic dulcimer.
3. Playing Chord Shapes In this video, Erin touches briefly on chords and why she thinks of them in terms of chord shapes.
4. Moving the Chord Shapes Next Erin shows how to use these chord shapes to play chords in another key. VIsit Erin's in-depth lesson on chromatic chords to learn more about playing chords on the chromatic dulcimer.

Music GlobeExtras

  • Erin refers to chord shapes frequently in her lesson called "Scales on the Chromatic Dulcimer."

  • To see the variety of styles possible with a chromatic dulcimer, watch Steve Siefert demonstrate his new David Beede chromatic mountain dulcimer. At the time of this taping, he hadn't owned it very long, but he wanted to show a bit of what can be done with it. It has an amazing range of tone that fits in with all kinds of music from the last few hundred years. To learn more about David Beede and his dulcimers, visit http://www.davidbeede.com.
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