Sarah Armstrong
By Steve Eulberg
For Hammered Dulcimer Dulcimer Players in the Key of G

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About the Lessons

1. Demonstration Steve gives us a little background about the tune, and then plays through the it for us.
2. The Story Steve tells us a little background of how he came to play the tune, and then talks about its structure.
3. A Part The first and third phrases seem to ask a question, and the second and fourth phrases seem to answer. The whole thing can be played on only three courses when you play horizontally and cross the bridge.
4. B Part Steve starts the B section by rolling a root-position G chord for the first note, and ends by playing the final G in octaves at the end.
5. Together First Steve plays both parts together at a nice slow, relaxed tempo. Then he picks up the tempo and plays through both parts again.
6. Ornaments Steve shows us how to add ornamentation by playing some "ruffs," multiple stroke bounces. He identifies places where you can add this on the PDF for the "Fancier" version with strokes across the stem of the note.
7. Lower Octave Steve demonstrates how to play the tune an octave lower by moving everything down a box.
8. Higher Octave We can also play this tune an octave higher, if you have enough strings. It is always good to play a tune in different octaves when possible, especially at a jam session when the tune may be repeated several times.
9. Chords This tune only has 3 chords - the I, IV, and V chords, i.e. G, C, and D.
10. Conclusion Finally, Steve plays through the tune one more time, up to the proper tempo with his ornamentations.

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  • Sarah Armstrong's story

  • Enjoy Steve and Vi Wickam playing the tune together at the Oak Street Plaza.

  • The bluegrass group, Modal Tease, had fun with the tune at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, CA.

  • Here's the Bedlam Brother's String Band from Fairfield County, CT, with the hammered dulcimer taking the lead.

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