Julia Delaney
By Karen Mueller, for Mountain Dulcimer Players
A Celtic Tune in D Minor

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About the Lessons

1. Demo Karen shows us how to play the D minor scale using the 1+ fret, and then plays through the tune.
2. A Part The A Part of this Irish reel is played completely on the middle string and the bass string. The first and second half of the A part are exactly the same so, with the repeat, you will play the same phrase 4 times.
3. B Part Now the melody shifts to the first string, and includes flatpicking and triplets.
4. Whole Tune Karen picks up the tempo as she plays through the entire tune with repeats.
5. Flatpicking Tips Because the melody for the A Part is played on the middle and bass strings, we want to articulate the melody so that it is clear even while playing drones along with it.
6. Chords Karen demonstrates how to play the D chord, the C chord, and the A chord.
7. Irish Accompaniment An Irish approach to accompaniment often uses open fifths and drones.
8. Using the 0+ Fret Karen uses the 0+ fret to play the Bb chord.
9. Conclusion Irish reels go at a pretty fast tempo, so work on speeding this up!

PDFTablature

  • In D Minor

 

Music GlobeExtras

  • Enjoy this lively arrangement by Dante Bucci with a wide range of instruments including the hammered dulcimer, a fiddle, a didgeridoo, a whistle, and a hang drum.
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  • This rendition of the Irish reel comes from Belgium and features a hammered dulcimer accompanied by a hurdy gurdy.

  • Here is the tune played on a mountain dulcimer in a higher octave by Mark Gilston.

  • The story behind the tune ...
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