Erin Mae Lewis

Erin Mae Lewis

Erin is the youngest person to win the Mountain Dulcimer Contest - being only 17 in 2004 when she won. She is part of Scenic Roots, a duo with her sister, Amber, and has been a favorite teacher at the Colorado Dulcimer Festival for 3 different years.

Erin teaches an excellent lesson on the technique of flatpicking for mountain dulcimer players, Angeline the Baker, and St. Anne's Reel. In addition, she has contributed several lessons on the chromatic mountain dulcimer. You can contact her by email here.

Level 2 Angeline the Baker
Angeline the Baker is a song written by Stephen Foster for the Christy Minstrels, and published in 1850. The original lyrics lamented the loss of a woman slave, sent away by her owner. This lesson is available for both the standard mountain dulcimer and the chromatic dulcimer.
Level 3 Baritone Mountain Dulcimer
The baritone mountain dulcimer is a beautiful instrument with rich tones in the lower register. It is normally tuned to A-E-a, although A-D-a is also a common tuning. This introductory lesson is taught by Steve Eulberg and Erin Mae Lewis.
Level 4 Flatpicking
Erin teaches the technique of plucking individual strings with a pick. Erin discusses the thickness of the pick and whether or not to brace your hand, or post a finger for effective flatpicking.
Level 1 How to Practice
Erin explains that when she was a music student, no one ever really told her HOW to practice. In this series, she gives us a few suggestions for a successful 30-minute practice session.
Level 2 Liberty
Liberty is a very popular old-time and bluegrass fiddle tune, great for contra dances, and it's tons of fun to play at jam sessions.
Level 2 Liberty for MD & HD
In this lesson, Erin Mae and Steve show us how to play Liberty when playing with a mountain dulcimer and a hammered dulcimer together (or actually, any two instruments). They give us plenty of ideas for variations to add to the arrangement. And then they show us how to listen for cues and be sensitive to what the other person is trying to do, and how to give the other person room to do it.
Level 3 Soldier's Joy - for standard & chromatic dulcimer
Soldier's Joy is quite popular with American fiddler players. According to documentation at the United States Library of Congress, it is one of the oldest and most widely distributed tunes and is rated in the top ten most-played old-time fiddle tunes in the U.S. However, Soldier's Joy was heard on both sides of the Atlantic in the late eighteenth-century. The tune actually traces its origin to Scottish fiddling traditions, and has been played in Scotland for over 200 years.
Level 2 Spotted Pony
Spotted Pony is a traditional Missouri tune from R.P. Christeson's book, The Old-Time Fiddler's Repertory. First Erin Mae teaches both standard and chromatic mountain dulcimer players how to play this tune in the D-A-d tuning.
Level 3 St. Anne's Reel
St. Anne's Reel is played in sessions in Scotland, Ireland, New England, Canada, America and other spots around the world, and it has been claimed as a Shetland tune, an Irish reel, a contra-dance tune, a French-Canadian and an old-time American tune. Whatever its origins, one thing is for sure - this song is a lot of fun to play and guaranteed to get everyone's toe a-tappin'.
Level 3 St. Anne's Reel Back-Up
Erin and Amber Rogers together form the energizing acoustic sister duo, Scenic Roots. A hallmark of their sound is how they closely listen to and back each other up, trading solos, harmonies and melodies. In this lesson, Erin demonstrates her style of backup while Amber plays the melody of the tune on fiddle.

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