By Robert Force for Mountain Dulcimer Players

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Introduction In this video, Robert explains the difference between an arpeggio, a strum, and a roll - but also introduces us to the beautiful deck of his beautiful home in Port Townsend, WA, overlooking Puget Sound. Then he demonstrates mixing arpeggios and rolls with strums to extend the possibilities of internal harmony.
2. The Pattern The pattern that Robert uses is pretty "doggone" simple - the first string picking downward, and coming back up picking first the 3rd string and finally the 2nd string. Again, Robert demonstrates combining the techniques to show how it ads interest to your playing.
3. Adding Elements Here Robert shows how, at various times, he is not playing a 3 string chord. He will lift the fingers of his left hand, show these elements of the chord will work against the drone. He calls this "finger yoga."
4. Putting It Together Finally Robert reviews the dulcimer roll with the 3 basic chords, and explains how and why sometimes you will mix up the pattern.

Music GlobeExtras

  • To get to know Robert and his style better - enjoy "Wellyn", written by Robert in Cornwall Bridge, CT, in the spring of 1972. Here he demonstrates the full-chord barre technique that is an influential characteristic of his personal playing style.

  • After tuning up with his "Roadie", Robert and Hassane Slaibi play one of Force's original songs "Sing Sailor". Next, Force switches to an alternate tuning profile and they take off on an epic jam.
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