Over the Waterfall
Arranged for Mountain Dulcimer Players in D-A-d Tuning


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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Demonstration in DAd Tuning Steve demonstrates how this tune is played on the mountain dulcimer in DAd tuning.
2. Mapping the Chords in DAd Tuning Because of the fun surprise chord in the A part of the tune, Steve maps where that chord shows up in the tune.
3. Learning the Chords for the A Part of the Tune In this segment, we learn what the chord progression is for the first part of the tune and and where to find them on the instrument.
4. Reviewing the A Part Chords Now that we know the progression, we review the chords in context.
5. Learning the Chords for the B Part of the Tune The chords in the B part of the tune are more predictable for a song in the key of D and we learn them in this episode.
6. Chords Together Now that we know them, let’s play all the chords in order for both parts of the tune.
7. Melody for the A Part Often the chord structure of the tune provides us with an easy segue into learning the melody, so now we turn our attention to the melody for the first part of this tune.
8. Melody for the A Part using Fret Numbers and Finger Numbers Steve uses a different method of teaching in this episode, calling out the fret numbers for the melody as the notes are played, then calling out the finger numbers for the melody as the notes are played.
9. Melody for the B Part using Fret Numbers and Finger Numbers

In the second part of the tune, Steve uses the same tactic that he used for teaching the A part of the tune.

10. Putting the Whole Melody Together in the Lower Octave Once we’ve learned all the pieces, it is time to put them all together!
11. Finding the Melody in the Higher Octave We can play this tune on the melody string(s) and it will sound an octave higher than before. This segment shows us where to play.
12. Putting the Melody in the Higher Octave Together Now we know where, we know when and we know how … so Steve shows us how to put it all together in the Higher Octave.

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I selected this example of Over the Waterfall played at a jam session of the Homestead Pickers at Silver Dollar City because I know three of the four musicians playing the hammered dulcimer. How many do you know?


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