Funeral March of a Marionette
By Steve Eulberg
For Mountain Dulcimer Players in D-A-C Tuning

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About the Lessons

1. Introduction & Demo Steve plays this well-known tune in the D-A-C tuning. You may think you won't know the melody of this classical tune from the 1800s, but you will immediately recognize it as the theme song for the Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
2. Home Position First Steve shows us how he prefers to hold his hand for fingerpicking - using the pinkie to anchor his hand. Other players use the thumb as their brace. Check out our fingerpicking lesson by Nina Zanetti, or the flatpicking lesson by Erin Mae, to see other ways it can be done. Then the choice is yours.
3. Mapping the Scale In this video, Steve shows us the notes we will be using on the C string.
4. A Part, Phrase 1 Steve finds it easier to play the melody using only the D and A strings. However, it is possible to choose to also play a few of the melody notes on the C string. Again, the choice is yours - whatever feels most comfortable for you.
5. A Part, Phrase 2 The 2nd phrase of Part A starts out with the same familiar melody, but has a different ending.
6. B Part The B section is more like a bridge. At the end of the B part, you will go back to Part A, but start with the 2nd phrase at the D.S. al Coda sign that looks like a crooked S with a line through it.
7. D.S. al Coda Steve now plays the A part starting at the D.S. al Coda sign, finishing with the 2nd ending. However, Steve usually goes through the tune several times before he ends with the Coda.
8. Chord by Chord The tune uses several chords (D minor, A7, A7aug, Am7, C, F, Esus4, Dmb6, G minor, E7, and Eb), and Steve demonstrates them one by one.
9. Articulations Steve is using pull-offs for the grace-note articulations. We have an additional lesson on "pull-offs", if you would like to review that.
10. With NO Articulations It is possible to play the tune without the grace-note articulations, and here Steve show us how it would sound.
11. Finale Finally Steve shows us how to add the vibrato sound on the 4th fret, to make the piece sound a little spookier.

PDFSheet Music

  • Solo

AnimationAnimations

  • A Part - with 1st Ending
  • A Part - with Coda

  • B Part

Music GlobeExtras

  • The story behind the tune

  • Here is Richard Smith, fingerpicking the tune on his guitar.

  • I know you want to hear the complete orchestral arrangement, so here it is performed by the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, based in Taipei, Taiwan.

  • This is a lesson for our more advanced students. But don't be afraid to try. Just take it slow and enjoy yourself, like this young man (GangQinAlan) does on the piano.
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