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Paul Furnas
02/01/17 05:10:48PM @paul-furnas:

Hi, Eileen.  Although the melody of Si Bheag, Si Mohr is quite easy, the accompanying part is one of the most challenging things I have ever written, so I definitely do not recommend it.  HOWEVER, considering your interest in renaissance music, I strongly recommend my Renaissance 16-Bar Blues, which is based on a renaissance bass line that was frequently used as a foundation for improvisation, and which I use as my beginning teaching piece. which I present it in four progressive versions:

      The !st version is the simple, original 16 note bass line,

      the 2nd version adds a simple basic chord shape to each note of the bass line,

      the 3rd version occasionally plays an alternate note on the treble string,

      the 4th and final version adds right-hand picking patterns that pluck the individual strings one-at-a-time.

This 4th version suddenly makes the piece sound very sophisticated and makes the tablature look very busy and complicated, but it is still the same simple bass line with just one more trick added to it.

I am in the process of creating a free digital booklet that teaches this piece to a beginner.  (The booklet is exerpted from a more extensive finger-picking book for beginners which I am currently working on).  It will be awhile before I have the free digital exerpt available. 

In the meantime I will be happy to mail you hard copy sheels if you can supply me a suitable mailing address.

With Best Regards,

Paul Furnas

Davis, California

Jessica Comeau
08/05/14 12:23:02PM @jessica-comeau:

Hello Eileen! It's interesting you should mention the rebec... I was just remembering recently how the first time I heard a rebec was also the first time that I heard the "Saltarello" which I have since recorded in my videos. :-) What kinds of songs do you plan to explore with your rebec? I'm sure you've ventured into some beautiful musical territory with your recorder ensemble! As far as other instruments go, I have played piano by ear for years, but that's mostlya private thing; the other instrument I am usingmore seriously is my voice right now. :-)

Jessica Comeau
07/15/14 04:32:48PM @jessica-comeau:

I just found your comment from May 17! I don't presently have tabs for those songs, but I'm so glad you enjoyed my songs, Eileen. Thank you! My interest in medieval music has been especially reinvigorated and refreshed lately... We should keep in touch! :-)

05/16/14 12:59:33PM @strumelia:

Thanks for the "friend" request as a fellow rebec queen. I'm more at the scullery maid level for now!

-Me too! ;D

04/26/14 12:02:53PM @strumelia:

Eileen- see my new notice in the Rebec thread.

Karen Keane
09/20/13 06:03:33PM @karen-keane:
Hello and welcome to the site. This is a great place to share ideas and listen to music. I hope you enjoy!
Jim Fawcett
09/20/13 07:40:21AM @jim-fawcett:

Hey Eileen, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.

Rob N Lackey
09/20/13 05:19:00AM @rob-n-lackey:

Welcome, Eileen, to this little corner of dulcimer heaven. Hope you enjoy it here.


John Keane
09/19/13 10:12:39PM @john-keane:

Howdy and welcome to the FOTMD family!

Ben Barr Jr
09/19/13 06:04:37PM @benjamin-w-barr-jr:

Hi Eileen, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.