For Hammered Dulcimer Players in the Key of D

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About the Lessons

1. Introduction This is a tune Steve played with Vi Wickam on their Fiddle Whamdiddle CD. Enjoy as Steve plays through the tune.
2. Mapping the A Part - 1 This section has a repeating pattern that makes the sequence easy to remember.
3. Mapping the A Part - 2 Steve points out that the F# is the dominant note in the 1st phrase, and G is the dominant note in the 2nd phrase of the sequence, and back to F# in the 3rd phrase, ending with a long scale in the 4th phrase.
4. A Part Together Steve prefers to lead off with his left hand, and alternate hammers. But he demonstrates how it is also possible to lead off with the right hand and still alternate hammers.
5. Mapping the B Part The A Part starts on the high D, but the B Part starts on the low D.
6. B Part Together The 1st and 3rd phrase are the same in the Part B, and the final phrase is the same as the ending phrase for the A Part.
7. The Whole Tune Always play the A part twice followed by the B part twice. If you take a shortcut, you'll have problems staying on track at a jam session. As Steve says, "Practice makes permanent."
8. Chords for the A Part This tune has 3 chords - the I, IV, and V chords - which are the D, G, and A chords. To play chords, think "triangles." Steve likes to play the chords in the low register, since the melody is high.
9. Chords for the B Part The B part uses the same 3 chords - the D, G, and A chords. The D chord is played for the majority of this part.
10. Chords in a Higher Octave If the person you're play with decides to play the melody in a lower octave, Steve demonstrates how to move the chords up to a higher octave to provide a nice contrast.

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  • The story behind the song

  • Here is one of my dulcimering heroes, Mark Wade, playing Liberty on the hammered dulcimer with some interesting variations.

  • Enjoy the old-time fidldle tune played at Scott and Nellie Coffman's home. It's being played at the tempo you will hear at most jam sessions so, when you think you've "got it," you could practice playing along with the video to be sure you can keep up at the next jam session in your town.

  • Here is a bluegrass backing track to enhance your practice. You will play through the A Part twice, then the B Part twice, and repeat the entire sequence three times.

  • Our own Vi Wickam and Steve Eulberg rock this tune at the Winter Farmer's Market in Fort Collins, CO.

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