Guest Instructor: Nina Zanetti, For Mountain Dulcimer Players

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Introduction & Demonstration Nina demonstrates a traditional English Ballad as the final tune to work on work on playing expressively.
2. Simpler Version, Phrases 1 and 2 Beginning with the simpler version of the tune Nina focuses on phrasing and exploring the use of vibrato and a slide for smooth transition between phrases. She also notes different ways to play a repeating phrase like an echo.
3. Finger Strategies Using Pinkie and Thumb Interpreting the lyrics, Nina makes use of the pinkie and thumb for smooth playing and transitions.
4. Final Phrase With the goal of smooth playing, Nina plans the fingering to use based on where she wants to go.
5. More Complicated Version,
Phrases 1 and 2
Now we turn our attention to the version of the tune that includes arpeggiated chords and slight rhythm changes.
6. Phrase 3 In this section, sliding a solid chord shape from one set of frets to another and “gluing fingers” to their position helps makes the connections between melodic lines.
7. Final Phrase Nina uses “whisper” notes on the bass string to keep the rhythm and makes a quick change between some chords, but then slows down for a dramatic finish.

PDFTablature
  • Simple Version

  • Fancier Version
AnimationAnimations
  • Simple Version
  • Fancier Version: Phrases 1 & 2
  • Fancier Version: Phrases 3 & 4

  • Simple Version
  • Fancier Version: Phrases 1 & 2
  • Fancier Version: Phrases 3 & 4
Music GlobeExtras
  • 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 Loch Lomond.

  • Find out a bit more about Celtic tradition as this sad English ballad is sung by Giordano Dall'Armellina. Now I'm wondering if Lord Randall's wife really poisoned him.

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