For Mountain Dulcimer Players in D-A-d Tuning

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Demonstration Here Steve plays his original blues tune, You Name It Blues, for us on the mountain dulcimer.
2. Introduction to 12-Bar Blues As a way of getting into the blues, Steve outlines a typical (but definitely not the only) blues chord progression: the 12-bar blues
3. Seventh Chords The power of the dominant 7th chord to set up tension that wants to be resolved by going back home, to “Do” is very easily felt. The dominant 7th chord is a 4-note chord, and we need to omit one of those to play the chord on a 3-string diatonic dulcimer. We learn a simple pattern to play these chords.
4. One Shape to Play Them All Using just this one, triangle shape, we are able to play all the chords we need for a 12-bar blues in A
5. Blues Chords Slower In order to help us develop smoothness, accuracy and confidence, Steve slows the pattern down.
6. Reverse Shape We are in DAd tuning, which means the chord shape can be reversed and still work in the same locations. Even though this shape is a little trickier, the root-position voicing sounds very stable and strong, which make this shape a desirable one to know and play.
7. Playing an Octave Higher We can take the same shapes….and play them an octave higher to broaden the range of our playing and finding our voice to play in a blues jam!

PDFTablature

  • A Typical 12-Bar Blues Form
  • Blues Chord Shapes & Voicings
  • Dominant 7th Chords

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  • Blues Chord Shapes

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  • Blues Chord Shapes

Music GlobeExtras

  • History of the Blues

  • Here is Stephen Seifert playing the "Carrol County Blues" on mountain dulcimer.

  • The blues translate to any language as seen in this video with Balu der Barde playing the "Dulcimer Blues" on an Electric Mountain Dulcimer.


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