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Enjoy mountain dulcimer lessons and hammered dulcimer lessons at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home. With our online dulcimer lessons, you will soon play dulcimer music well enough to join in at jam sessions with confidence.

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Aubrey Atwater

October 16, 2018
8:00 EDT | 7:00 CDT | 6:00 MDT | 5:00 PDT

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NewCHICKEN REEL by Larry Conger for Mountain Dulcimer

"Chicken Reel" is a dance tune, composed and published in 1910 by Joseph M. (Michael) Daly (1883–1968). Joseph Mittenthal added lyrics three months later.

Along with "Turkey in the Straw," "Chicken Reel" is probably one of the best-known poultry-related folk tunes. It is frequently found in early animated cartoons, including the Looney Tunes, as a catchy tune used to represent farmyard activity, or a gathering of fowl. Originally composed as a novelty song, it has since passed into modern folk tradition.

Today, the tune is usually played without the words, and Larry's arrangement has a lot of hammer-ons and pull-offs. Enjoy Larry's rendition of the tune below.

NewBOIL THEM CABBAGE DOWN by Vi Wickam on fiddle

This is a new lesson for fiddle players by Vi Wickam. But the PDFs include tablature for mountain and hammered dulcimer players as well. "Boil Them Cabbage Down" (also known as "Bile 'Em Cabbage Down") is an American folk song. Some historians say that the origins of this song can be traced back to Africans who were brought from Niger to the southern states as slaves. To maximize profits, slave owners would typically feed their slaves in the cheapest manner possible, so the slaves often ate a simple meal of cabbage soup and hoecakes. Hoecakes were small cornmeal cakes that were baked over a fire on the blade of a hoe.

However, according to others, this tune can be traced to an English country dance called Smiling Polly, first printed in 1765.  Although the exact origins of this song will probably always remain a mystery, it is deeply rooted in American folk history. This simple tune is often used in old-time music circles to introduce the fiddle and dulcimer to beginners.

This lesson is presented in two parts. Part 1 is for beginning students, and Part 2 is for the more advanced students with riffs, slides, and double shuffle bowing. Vi says that you shouldn't try to play the tune exactly the way he does, note for note. Just have fun with it, and make the arrangement your own. Below is Vi's arrangement.

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