Traditional Scottish Tune
Taught by Guest Instructor: Nina Zanetti, For Mountain Dulcimer Players


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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Demonstration of the Tune Nina Zanetti demonstrates the Scottish tune, Loch Lomond, as an example of applying expressively.
2. Phrasing of the Tune By examining the phrasing of the tune, using the idea of breathing across several measures and sometimes within measures, to emphasize the boundary of the musical thought. She emphasizes avoiding “the hiccup after the pickups.”
3. How to Avoid the Hiccup After the Pickup Nina shows how to smooth the playing of pickup notes, using techniques like “hover/cover” and slides.
4. Using Dynamics Dynamics (playing louder and softer) can be powerful tools for playing expressively. One guideline is to play repeated notes differently each time. Connecting notes to each other by “never lifting a note until is absolutely has to be moved” makes a profound difference.
5. Using Different Chords Adding moving chords to the note that stays the same and using “musical sighs” all create a beautiful space in which this tune can live. Making use of suspended chords can help set up powerful resolution.
6. Filler Notes & Vibrato When filler notes are added, playing them more softly keeps them from overpowering the melody. Nina also demonstrates some different techniques for playing vibrato to add some color to our playing.

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  • Story behind the tune

  • Lyrics for the tune

  • Join Nina as she teaches a 12-lesson series on Playing Expressively, a technique that should be applied to this tune. Another lesson by Nina that emphasizes playing expressively is Lord Randall.

  • Finally, note the expressive arrangement of this compelling Scottish air, played on hammered dulcimer by Timothy Seaman.

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