I am working on new online project called: "Good Wish Song 2021"
In the relevant dulcimer facebook groups I have posted the following beginning of January:
A new idea for our NEXT ONLINE PROJECT:
tuning in DAD / key in D / four-four time
1. I would like to receive from you a notation of a 2 bar "composition" with the fret numbers of the melody string and the note value (whole, half, quarter, eighth note, pauses etc.) - so to say in melody/drone style.
2. Everybody who would like to can think of a song text for his/her 2 bars expressing for example a good wish(es) for the new year and write it below the notes.
I will then write down a song with a suitable combination of all received 2-bar compositions and will send it to all participants for their recording (either only instrumental of the whole song or in addition with the singing/speaking of the own song text on the corresponding 2 bars).
The idea of this composition will be an encouraging and bolster (I hope that this is the right word) song for 2021
Within a short time the participant's list has increased to 12 and after I had received all twelve 2 bar-compositions I started to puzzle them together so that a nice melody came out.
I have set up a project chat group and it was a delight to see the lively discussion and brain storming regarding the initial arrangement...some wanted to add chords, some an intro and outro, some to reduce the tempo.
Two days ago Ron Zuckerman has written down all agreed additional wishes/suggestions in a new sheet music and made an orientation recording so that the recording phase for the group could start.
Today I already could place 3 dulcimer recordings as well as 2 vocal recordings into my DAW where I will do the final mixing...and what can I say...it already sounds so beautiful!
I will post the final video here and would be happy if you are looking forward to it as I do