Lessons for Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer Players by Erin Rogers


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1. Reasons Why People Play the Chromatic Dulcimer Erin begins by talking about the different approaches to playing the chromatic dulcimer and several reasons why people pick up this amazing instrument.
2. Erin's Strategy: Playing Diatonically Instead of "thinking" chromatically in 12 steps, Erin still plans her arrangements diatonically - i.e., playing the 7 steps to create a scale, and seeing the extra frets between as "accidentals".
3. Erin's Strategy: Using Familiar Chord Shapes First Erin demonstrates a few open string chords that were the first chords most mountain dulcimer players learned.
4. Erin's Strategy: Moving Familiar Chord Shapes Now Erin encourages you to visualize the chords in terms of their shapes, rather than the string and fret numbers, to facilitate moving from one chord to the next.
5. Erin's Strategy: Moving the Shapes to G Here Erin demonstrates how to us the same chord shapes in the key of G, by finding where the G note is and establishing that fret as your new "0."
6. Moving the Shapes Around in the Circle of 4ths and 5ths Finally Erin explains how you can use these same chord shapes in any key on a chromatic dulcimer, and demonstrates this in technique in several keys.

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