Miss McLeod's Reel
By Steve Eulberg, for Mountain Dulcimer Players in D-d-dd Tuning

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Demonstration This tune comes from Scotland, and is one of Steve's favorites to play along with others. First he plays through the entire tune for us.
2. Introduction to Galax The Galax-style dulcimer is a form of lap dulcimer which was developed in the vicinity of Galax, Virginia.  Galaxes are lozenge-shaped, with deeper sides than most other dulcimers, usually 2 1/2 to 3 inches. The instrument is strung with four strings, all tuned to the same note.  The first two strings are usually played with a noter (a small smooth dowel or stick of wood); the remaining two act as drones.  

In the D-d-dd tuning, the scale goes from frets 3 to 10. Steve is using a noter and a feather quill for his pick. Note that most of the strumming comes from his elbow.
3. Noter In this video, Steve demonstrates that when he moves from the 3rd fret straight to the 10th fret in the B section, he does NOT lift up the noter. He simply slides the noter up and down the fretboard, in effect playing every note along the way both directions.
4. Melody, A Part This tune starts with pick-up notes. Keep in mind you will never use the 6-1/2 fret in this tune.
5.

Woodshed

"Woodshed" is a slang musical term meaning to practice a phrase or section of a tune over and over, and then over and over again - to perfect your execution of the notes. The origin of the term is unknown ... but some have wondered if it came from the notion that an isolated woodshed is the only place fit for practicing when you're working on a challenging part of the tune.
6. Melody, B Part In this section, Steve shows how these old time, traditional tunes were built to be remembered. Also, he explains that if you like to use a feather for your pick, it will wear out and need to be replaced.
7. A & B Part Together Steve plays the A & B Parts, with repeats, at a moderate speed. He also shows a variation you might hear from time to time.
8. Twinning Harmony,
A Part
To play the harmony part, you just start two frets higher and play the same pattern as for the melody for the first 3 phrases. But watch the last phrase for the change.
9. Twinning Harmony,
B Part
This time, Steve starts at the 5th fret, but then harmonizes below the melody line.
10. All Together In this video, Steve plays through the tune, with repeats, up to the proper tempo.
11. D-G-d Tuning Demo Steve taught the tune in the D-d-dd tuning. You can also play it in the D-G-dd tuning.

PDFPDFs

  • Tablature

  • Lyrics:
    Hop High Ladies

AnimationAnimations

  • Drone Style: Part A

  • Drone Style: Part B

  • Twinning Harmony: Part A

  • Twinning Harmony: Part B

 

Music GlobeExtras

  • The story behind the tune ...

  • Here we see Steve playing the tune on hammered dulcimer, with Vi Wickam on the fiddle ... under the title "Have You Ever Gone to Meetin' Uncle Joe Uncle Joe?"

  • Next we see the tune performed by Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Paul Woodiel, Mike Merenda, and featuring Appalachian dancer, Ira Bernstein.

  • Enjoy the tune played on two mountain dulcimers and a fiddle - by Steve Eulberg, Vi Wickam, and Don Pedi.

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