Oh, Mary and the Baby, Sweet Lamb

Arranged for Mountain Dulcimer Players - D-A-C Tuning, Aeolian Mode

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Tuning to DAC and the Aeolian Mode Steve begins by encouraging all players to take the Dulcimer Pledge and then shows how to retune from DAd to DAC and which notes are now available in this tuning.
2. Learning the Tune Now that we are all tuned up, Steve charts out the common parts of this tune and then leads us through it in a drone style.
3. Adding Verses As a “zipper” song, this is one to which verses can be added to tell the story, as is demonstrated in this segment.
4. Playing in an Ensemble Like Leader and Chorus One creative way to play this is to have an ensemble play the “sweet lamb” answering phrase after the leader playing the verses. Something like this is the way Steve recorded this tune on his “'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime” CD.
5. Adding Chords Finally, we add some chord changes as a palate cleanser from this drone-based tune.

PDFTablature
  • Text & Tune
AnimationAnimations
  • D-A-C Tuning

  • D-A-C Tuning
Music GlobeExtras
  • Oh, Mary and the Baby, Sweet Lamb was transcribed by Elizabeth Poston (The Second Penguin Book of Christmas Carols, 1970) from a field recording of the singing of Ella Mitchell and Velma Wright in Texas, January 1937.

  • Lyrics for this Christmas spiritual

  • MP3 rhythm back-up tracks

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