Comfort, Comfort, Now My People
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For Mountain Dulcimer Players by Steve Eulberg in D-D-A-d tuning

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1. Introduction Here Steve explains the special tuning on his dulcimer for this Advent song from Isaiah 40:1-5. The text of this hymn is meant to show the promise of better days to come when the Messiah arrives.  "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God." (Isaiah 40:1 KJV)
2. Melody & Drone Even though this is a fingerpicking arrangement, it is played in the style of single melody notes on the high dd strings with drone accompaniment.
3. Melody and Drone on A This time the tune is played with a a higher drone option while the melody is played on the A string. A few embellishments are added as well as the technique of vibrato.
4. Learning Harmony A Lower While playing the melody Steve adds a lower harmony for the A part of this tune.
5. Learning Harmony Lower B The lower harmony is added to the B part of this tune.
6. Whole Harmonized Version Now Steve puts the parts together.
7. Melody on the Low D Playing the melody on the regular low D string Steve also uses a harmony with the extra bass string.
8. High Harmony Using the typical DAd noodling position we have a higher harmony that moves in relation to the melody line.
9. Conclusion Using harmonics at the 7th, 4th and 3rd frets is how Steve concludes this arrangement, and then plays it in a drone strumming style.

PDFTablature

  • Melody, Drone Style

AnimationAnimations

  • Melody, measures 1-8
  • Melody, measures 9-18

Mobile Devices

  • Melody, measures 1-8
  • Melody, measures 9-18

Music GlobeExtras

  • Lyrics to Comfort, Comfort, Now My People

  • This song is also known as Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People, as well as Comfort, Comfort, O My People. The text of this hymn is based on Isaiah 40:1-8, and is meant to show the promise of better days to come when the Messiah arrives.  "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God." (Isaiah 40:1 KJV)

  • Enjoy this version of Comfort, Comfort performed by the Choir and Congregation of First Plymouth Church on December 6, 2015, the second Sunday of Advent.
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