Swingin' the Blues
For Mountain Dulcimer Players
By Larry and Elaine Conger in D-A-d Tuning

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Demo First Larry and Elaine play all the way through Larry's original tune called "Swingin' the Blues." Larry wrote the tune in 1998.
2. 2 Complementing
Parts
Elaine demonstrates that she is playing a boogie-woogie, walking bass part. Larry uses a hammer-on and pull-off technique. They both need a 1-1/2 fret to make the tune sound bluesy, and the two parts complement each other.
3. 2nd Part The second part has an interesting rhythm with a riff, and the riff can be anything you want it to be. Each time you play the tune, the riff should be different.
4. Turn-Around Elaine claims Larry is the Liberace of the dulcimer as he moves into the turn-around.
5. Separate In this video, Larry and Elaine each take turns playing their part, so you can hear what each one is doing. Which is your favorite part and instrument?
6. Outro An outro is the ending, the part that finishes the song.
7. Conclusion For the conclusion, they play the tune through three times with the outro at the end. Note how many variations they each demonstrated for the riff. Great job, Larry and Elaine!

PDFSheet Music

  • Standard Dulcimer

  • Bass Dulcimer

Note:

  • H = Hammer-On
  • P = Pull-Off
  • S = Slide

We offer a lesson on the hammer-on and pull-off technique as well.

AnimationAnimations

  • Standard, Part 1

  • Standard, Part 2

  • Bass Dulcimer, Part 1

  • Bass Dulcimer, Part 2

Music GlobeExtras

  • Watch Larry and Elaine play the tune again, this time hooked up to their amplifier, at a concert in Cary, North Carolina in January of 2015.

  • We offer a series of lessons on how to play the blues on your dulcimer. Check your songlist page for the links.
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