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Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
06/27/19 02:39:20PM
15 posts

Capo positions, tunings, chords and other wonderful things


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

All of this is very helpful. I am understanding better now. And I’m excited to try it out at practice on Monday. 😁

Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
06/27/19 11:57:27AM
15 posts

Capo positions, tunings, chords and other wonderful things


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@skip

If I play the chords as G  C  G  C  G  D  Em  D  C  Em  D  G  C  G  C  G  D  Em  D  C,    Wouldn’t I need to retune to G?

The tunes in D and the tunes in G are all mixed up in the lineup. I am trying to prevent retuning for each song. There will not be time to do that, so I want to remain tuned to D except for the one song that is in key of C, and I am used to retuning fast to C. I was thinking that is the reason to use the capo is to adjust to a new tuning faster????? 

Now I am really confused!

Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
06/27/19 09:02:18AM
15 posts

Capo positions, tunings, chords and other wonderful things


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thank you so much @dusty-turtle and @skip

So if I am tuned in DAd and put the capo at 3

and the key of G music guitar chords are:

G  C  G  C  G  D  Em  D  C  Em  D  G  C  G  C  G  D  Em  D  C  Em  D

Then Would I play:

D  G  D  G  D  A  Bm  A  G  Bm  A  D  G  D  G  D  A  Bm  A  G  Bm  A

 

And do I try to play versions of those chords that do not include pressing the melody string, or does it matter?

(for instance playing the D Chord with 200 instead of 002, and playing the G chord with 310 instead of 013) 

The really difficult thing about this is that the songs they are playing are obscure tunes from their Episcopal song book, and I AM Presbyterian and have never heard any of these songs before nor can I find them on YouTube to listen to.

I could just sit out the songs that are not in the key of D, but this is a good chance for me to try out playing in the other keys using the capo, since they are a really friendly group and will tolerate my mistakes.

Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
06/26/19 07:42:55PM
15 posts

Capo positions, tunings, chords and other wonderful things


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I need help with something. I am to play my Dulcimer with a group of other instruments for a church gathering (sing-along). They are doing a few of the songs in key of D so I can play with them. But I think I can also play the ones that are in G if someone can answer the questions I have. I know how to use the capo to change the key and how to renumber the frets to the right of the capo and play the chords that I would normally play for key of D. The problem here is that literally all of the songs except for two are songs I have never heard and there are no arrangement in D for them. For those songs I want to just strum backup using the guitar chords shown on the arrangements that they have given me. 

 

So here is the question.... since the guitar chords shown in their key of G arrangements are chords for the key of G, then I am assuming that I cannot play them as I would if the arrangement was in the key of D. So assuming I use the capo at the 3rd fret, Is there a chart somewhere that will show me what to transpose them to?

 

Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
07/31/18 07:22:38PM
15 posts

Intermediates


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

You are absolutely right Dusty. I need to work on keeping a happy face when I make a mistake. It seems that the difficulty of doing so is in direct coralation with who the audience is.... old folks, kids and family, no problem because they don't even know when I make a mistake, but on a stage, different story. I loose concentration and bingo, ooops!

 

Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
07/31/18 03:13:15PM
15 posts

Intermediates


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I just returned from the Dulcimer U workshop in Cullowhee, NC where my main morning class was Tull Glazener's upper intermediate. He taught us how to take any music score, transpose it to key of D (or what ever key you want), then write the full chord tab for it. He also taught us how to then write other parts to do it as ensemble. No previous knowledge of music theory was necessary, nor did we have to be able to play by ear.

it was an intense week, but I came out of there with a whole new world opened to me. And I am so excited now to know that if I can't find tab for a song I like, it won't be a problem.

Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
07/31/18 02:53:57PM
15 posts

Choose just ONE song for all eternity...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I would have to say "Come By the Hills". It's an Irish traditional tune that I first heard played by Celtic Thunder on one of their CDs. I think because I live in the mountains that it really speaks to me.

 

But I also LOVE "River" too that several of you mentioned. Put the two together and you would need a whole box of tissues to handle the tears.


updated by @marsha-elliott: 07/31/18 02:56:46PM
Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
01/25/18 03:14:48PM
15 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Marg, I hear ya. Jamming is supposed to be fun not show-off time. Some of the best jams I have ever been to were at dulcimer workshops at "Dulcimer U" at Western Carolina Univ, "Dulcimerville" held in Black Mountain, NC, and at Black Mountain Dulcimer Festival. All three of them hired Jim Miller to conduct the jams. If you have never had the amazing experience of meeting Jim, take a peek at the page on his website that talks about jams:  http://www.jimmillerdulcimer.com/Jammeister.html

 

Jim brings along a contraption called Blinky the Chord Clown (see photo of it on above mentioned page). Jim plays the guitar and operates Blinky with his feet on the foot petals. Blinky lights up the appropriate chord as everyone plays...... only the main chords like D, G, A, Em F (what we know as the guitar chords that are above the lines on our dulcimer tab. So the beginner can just strum those main chords instead of chording each note, and the advanced players can chord all the notes if they know the song. Even 1st time beginners get right into it and have a blast. Then on the last time for the tune, Blinky's nose lights up. Also he will go kind of slow for the first couple of rounds of a tune and then speed up when he thinks we all have it.

 

 

Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
01/25/18 02:24:52PM
15 posts

So You're That Kind of Gal?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Nigel, I looked up those two songs you recommended on YouTube. They are both beautiful.

in the dulcimer club I played with a couple of years ago, before moving up here to the mountains, there was a sweet lady from Wales who played with us. She taught us to play the Welch song, Calan Lan. And it became one of the club's favorites. 

Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
01/23/18 03:19:31PM
15 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I have been working all day on a new tune. John (Sean) Ryan's Polka. It's the tune that they are playing in the Titanic movie at the Irish Immegrants party down in the steerage area.

I'm not near fast enough on it yet, but I'm going to post it here today so I can look back in a couple of months and see how much better I can do it winker

Update.... I deleted the old attached file and converted it to a MP3 and reuploaded.

 


John_Ryans_Polka.mp3 - 1.1MB

updated by @marsha-elliott: 01/23/18 04:21:54PM
Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
01/23/18 03:03:09PM
15 posts

So You're That Kind of Gal?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Oh YES, I, too, am that kind of gal. Some of my favorites are:

Carrickfergus

Ned of the Hill

Foggy Dew

Will Ye Go Lassy Go

Skye Boat Song

Danny Boy

Cill Cais

Come By the Hills

Come Fare Away

Parting Glass

Star of the County Down

Ye Banks and Braes of old Bonnie Doone

and of course.... Will Ye No Come Back Again

 

Joe Collins has 2 good books, Simply Celtic, and Irish Charms which you can order online and you can sign up for his monthly free tab, which are often Celtic tunes.

Tull Glazener has some good ones too which you can order online.

 

Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
01/10/18 08:35:18AM
15 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Thanks Robin. I will try to do that tomorrow. Today I am off to an all day Tull Glazener workshop that my club is hosting.

Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
01/08/18 03:48:57PM
15 posts

Tuning question...


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi @kb9jlo

i just now saw your question today so I'm a bit late for the Christmas songs. However I wanted to tell you something that may help in playing for your grand darlings to sing along. You already know that you will find most songs tabbed for the DAD tuning. If you need to sing in a bit lower key, which is often needed, then you can tune to CGC and play the exact same tab as you do for DAD.

That would mean you lower each string by one.

Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
01/08/18 03:24:43PM
15 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

"My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic

I took a class by Bing Futch at the Black Mountain Music Festival back in the fall. Bing taught us to play "My Heart Will Go On" and I have been working on perfecting it.

'I would love to post an audio file so y'all could give some feedback, but I am guessing that's a no-no because of copyright???? 

Marsha Elliott
@marsha-elliott
11/27/10 09:15:53PM
15 posts

What did you do on 'Black Friday' (day after thanksgiving)


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This is the day after Black Friday.... but I am still going to answer.......Most of my Thanksgiving visitors had dispersed to other activities today. The Alabama relatives had all gone home to attend the Auburn/Ala Game. The younger crowd all slept late after their all night music jam last night. Hubby Mike was down in his workshop (working on some Christmas surprise, I guess).It was blessedly quiet. I spent the day playing my Dulcimer. I'm working on "Be Thou My Vision".