For Mountain Dulcimer Players by Guest Instructor, Nina Zanetti

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VideoAbout the Lessons

1. Introduction The beautiful “bell-like” sounds can add sparkle or pizzazz to our playing.
2. Nina Explains Harmonics Using the understanding of string physics, Nina describes the “nodes” on the string as places to find natural harmonics, which are the other tones that vibrate along with the fundamental when it is plucked.
3. Natural Harmonics 1 The easiest harmonic to play is where the string is divided in half: the 7th fret. This results in the octave harmonic.
4. Natural Harmonics 2 There are other places to find harmonics, like at where the string is divided into fourths or thirds give us a second octave (frets 3 and 14) or an octave and a fifth. (frets 4 and 11)
5. How Harmonics are Notated in Written Music Nina describes how harmonics are notated in music and tablature.
6. Techniques for Playing Natural Harmonics Nina demonstrates and describes the techniques for reliably playing beautiful harmonics.
7. Some Fine Points for Playing Natural Harmonics The other thing to consider where the right hand plays harmonics, and whether or not to keep the left hand in contact with the string or to lift it up.
8. Fancier Harmonics and Some Cautions Playing harmonics on all the strings at once is one fancier way to play. Nina offers some caution about using harmonics to end your tune.
9. Harmonics ReCap Nina reviews the learning from the previous episodes for reinforcement.
10. Artificial Harmonics (or Fretted Harmonics) Explained By changing the length of the string (by fretting it) we can add the pitches to give us harmonics of other pitches.
11. Where Do We Play Artificial Harmonics? After fretting the string with the left hand, Nina describes how to play the artificial harmonic with the right hand.
12. How Do We Play Artificial Harmonics? Nina goes through the three steps necessary to play artificial harmonics.
13. Exercise 1 for Playing Artificial Harmonics “Look, Ma, one hand!” Nina’s first exercise has us put the left hand behind our back to focus on our right hand technique with natural harmonics.
14. Exercise 2 for Playing Artificial Harmonics Using a barre with the left hand, the second exercise lets us also focus on our right hand technique, but with movement in the left hand.
15. Notation for Artificial Harmonics Nina describes how artificial harmonics are notated in music and tablature.
16. Some Pitfalls Nina notes the trial and error that may be involved in finding the best place for your right hand thumb to pluck the string, and the practice needed to coordinate the timing of the touching and plucking.
17. Using Artificial Harmonics to Play a song Using artificial harmonics, Nina demonstrates their versatility by playing the tune Amazing Grace.
18. Using Artificial Harmonics to Play Endings Nina demonstrates some ways to use harmonics at the ends of tunes.
19. Using Artificial Harmonics as Beginnings Beginning a tune with harmonics can also be a beautiful way to arrange your tune.
20. Using Artificial Harmonics in the Middle of Tunes Nina likes to “sneak” an harmonic in the middle of the tune sometimes and explains why.
  • Harmonics

  • Amazing Grace

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