Jon W Harris

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Jon W Harris
07/01/19 06:50:02PM @jon-w-harris:

Jon W Harris:

I am no longer building dulcimers but have been able to study instrument players more. What I have found is that fewer and fewer players hear the melody of the song they are playing.  This keeps them from being able to play by ear.  I believe we need to teach beginners to play the melody without making full chords and teach our beginners to reach for the melody notes.

This problem seems to be amplified by starting beginners in DAD tuning where beautiful arrangements are being taught with no consideration of the beginners ability to relate the melody to the major scale.

Let's teach that playing the dulcimer can be liberating instead of restrictive to tab

 


Jon W Harris
07/01/19 06:48:34PM @jon-w-harris:

I am no longer building dulcimers but have been able to study instrument players more. What I have found is that fewer and fewer players hear the melody of the song they are playing.  This keeps them from being able to play by ear.  I believe we need to teach beginners to play the melody without making full chords and teach our beginners to reach for the melody notes.

This problem seems to be amplified by starting beginners in DAD tuning where beautiful arrangements are being taught we with no consideration of the beginners ability to relate the melody to the major scale.

Let's teach that playing the dulcimer can be liberating instead of restrictive to tab