Thanks, Sheryl. I play the first and third verses pretty straight but mess around with some scales and arpeggios a little in the middle verse. I would offer to share the tab I put together to teach this song to my local dulcimer group, but I just listened to your fine version of the tune and I think our arrangements are very similar. There is an expressiveness in your playing that is quite moving.
Love your version of The Four Mary's. You make it sound easy...
Thanks so much, Jan. You are too kind.
Lovely, Dusty--it sounds like it just flows out of your fingertips!
Thanks for listening, Robin. I'm sure you could learn this tune in no time. Listen to the Ritchie sisters sing it a few times and then it will just pop out of your dulcimer!
I listened on SC when I was home yesterday and on a real computer. :) Nicely played, Dusty! I've never tried to play this but now I'm thinking I ought to.
Thanks so much, Lexie.
Very nicely played Dusty, really enjoy listening to you play.
Thanks for listening, Paul, and for taking the time to comment.
Really good. Thanks for posting.
Sounds great, Dusty!
Thanks, David. I play the tune three times, the second of which involves some noodling on scales that come out of the chord positions. Whenever you have a melody note that lasts two, three, or more beats, you can add some stuff and as long as you get back to the melody on time, the song will still be easily recognizable.
Another trick is to always have your hand in the position of a chord even if you are not strumming across all the strings. Then you can hit any string and it will sound OK. So I add mini arpeggios in that manner. It might sound like I am adding extras but all I'm doing is hitting the other strings of the dulcimer one-at-a-time before getting back to the melody.
And don't try to practice speed. Practice playing accurately and speed will come on its own.
Good one Dusty. Really like the extra you put in there. Guess I'll start working on this also. Got the tune down just need to learn extras.
Working on the strumming part of John Henry, other wise got that down, except for speed.
Thanks, Mike. I learned the tune in response to James's November challenge in the Call the Tune Group. There are a few different versions of the tune there that are worth checking out.
This was great! Thanks for sharing.