Mark Gilston

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Location: Cedar Park, TX
Country: US

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2016 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion.  I'm a professional musician and music teacher and I offer mountain dulcimer lessons via Skype:  https://www.markgilston.com/ 

Born and raised in New York City. Both of my parents were steeped in the folk music revival scene of the 1950’s. I grew up listening to 78’s and LP’s of American, Russian, Spanish, Caribbean and Israeli folk music. Learning guitar and taking piano lessons starting at age 5, I was constantly immersed in music.

In my youth, I gained a love of traditional American ballads and Old-Time songs and instrumentals from recordings and from my father, who often sang the old ballads which he had learned in his youth in Appalachia. From my early years in college, I often played these tunes and accompanied myself on the mountain dulcimer.

I post new dulcimer videos every week.  If you enjoy a video and want to be able to go back and listen again, give it a "like".  "Likes" are very appreciated, and when deciding which videos to keep on the site and which to replace, videos with 3 or more "likes" get preferential treatment.

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Valentine's Day
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Pas D'été de Médoeux
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Mallerin's Polka
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Ana Lugojana
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Slangpolska after Byss-Calle
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Jaybird in a High Oak Tree
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Mark Gilston
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Mark Gilston sings Do Re Mi
Mark Gilston
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Mark Gilston sings Do Re Mi
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Posted a new Comment on JIg of Slurs:
"Dusty Turtle: That's right nice, Mark. Interesting the way the tune modulates keys (unless my ears deceive me). That Gallier dulcimer sounds especially..."
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JIg of Slurs
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JIg of Slurs
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Polska till Gammalvänster
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8th of January
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Gray Eagle
Mark Gilston
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"Joyoussinger: You play this beautiful music so well, Mark! Thank you (:"
Mark Gilston
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Three Wassails
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Three Wassails
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Posted a new Comment on Swedish Christmas songs:
"Strumelia: Oh Mark, I just LOVE this!  Each tune is completely delightful! Do you by any chance offer standard notation sheet music, and/or dulcimer tabs..."
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Swedish Christmas songs
Mark Gilston
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Swedish Christmas songs
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Ding Dong Merrily on High
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Ding Dong Merrily on High
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Coventry Carol
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"My new tablature book of traditional Christmas music is now available at Lulu.com in both soft cover and downloadable PDF versions...."
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In Dulci Jubilo
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While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
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Comin' Thro' the Rye
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The Old Mole
Mark Gilston
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"Dusty Turtle: Two very fun and lively tunes, Mark.  Thanks! Your left hand has a couple of big stretches in that first tune. What is the VSL of that MMD?..."
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Posted a new Comment on Two Danish Sønderhonings:
"Strumelia: This is so pretty, Mark!  They have a festive feel for the holiday season, too. Lovely playing.  (:  "
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Two Danish Sønderhonings
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Mark Gilston

Playford - English country dance tunes


I thought it would be nice to collect English country dance tunes in...
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Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day


@Mark Gilston
3 days ago - Comments: 0
Pas D'été de Médoeux

Pas D'été de Médoeux


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one week ago - Comments: 1
Mallerin's Polka

Mallerin's Polka


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Ana Lugojana

Ana Lugojana


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Slangpolska after Byss-Calle

Slangpolska after Byss-Calle


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Jaybird in a High Oak Tree

Jaybird in a High Oak Tree


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Mark Gilston sings Do Re Mi

Mark Gilston sings Do Re Mi


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JIg of Slurs

JIg of Slurs


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Polska till Gammalvänster

Polska till Gammalvänster


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8th of January

8th of January


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Gray Eagle

Gray Eagle


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Three Wassails

Three Wassails


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Swedish Christmas songs

Swedish Christmas songs


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2 months ago - Comments: 6
Ding Dong Merrily on High

Ding Dong Merrily on High


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Coventry Carol

Coventry Carol


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Comments

Selah
11/05/17 07:46:35PM @selah:

Wonderful! Thank you, Mark... I'll be in touch! 


Selah
11/05/17 07:32:37PM @selah:

That would be great, Mark! Just may have to talk to you about some lessons... I'm as green as green can be! I would love to know about local events to attend also, could you direct me where I should look to be informed?


Mark Gilston
09/09/16 04:37:13PM @mark-gilston:

Strumelia:

Hey Mark, have you ever played "Emperor of the Moon"?  If so, I'd love for you to post a video of you playing it either on concertina or dulcimer or any instrument you play.  I've recently been taken by the tune. flower

It's not a tune I was familiar with, but I like it.  The penultimate sharped 7th pushes it into chromatic dulcimer territory if I were to try to play it on dulcimer.  But I suspect it would be a lot easier to learn on concertina.  I'm traveling for the next several weeks, but I'll put it on my list of tunes to learn.


Strumelia
09/09/16 01:07:40PM @strumelia:

Hey Mark, have you ever played "Emperor of the Moon"?  If so, I'd love for you to post a video of you playing it either on concertina or dulcimer or any instrument you play.  I've recently been taken by the tune. flower


Maxspop
05/10/15 04:16:09PM @bobby-maxspop-bingham:

Honored to have such a great player as my friend. Have a nice day.


Marvin T (Tommy) Huntsman
12/30/14 01:20:29AM @marvin-t-tommy-huntsman:

Hello Mark

I am enjoying your videos. I visit my son an family in your home town. If you are a member of a local dulcimer group, I would like some information and perhaps join your group when I visit.

Thanks

Tommy


Cynthia Wigington
12/12/14 06:05:46PM @cynthia-wigington:

I'm honored Mark. Always enjoy your videos. This was a particularly sweet arrangement of one I play in the most boring fashion, so it was a joy to listen to it.


Gordon Hardy
09/29/14 09:49:23PM @gordon-hardy:

Hello Mark, I received the "Grandad's Favorite" CD some time agoand am enjoying your musical stylings very much. Thank you for this. Best regards, Gordon


Cindi Zechman
09/02/14 02:19:59PM @cindi-zechman:

Glad to be your friend...I did check out the Utube videos and they are great. Do I remember you posting Dodi Li before?


Kathy L. Davanzo
05/24/14 09:12:52PM @kathy-l-davanzo:
I am now living in Wilmington nc by the beach. I left a group of dulcimer players back in Vestal. Now I have started a group here.
Jon Timlin
05/14/14 09:41:20PM @jon-timlin:

Thanks again, Mark. I am honored to be considered a "friend" on Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.

I'd love to meet you in person some day. Where are you performing this summer?


Helen Seiler
03/20/14 01:28:50AM @helen-seiler:
G'day Mark. Lulu are great. I received paperback copy of More American Old Time Tunes today. Thats very fast. The songs look great and I have picked a couple to start on. Congratulations on a fine publication. Helen
Helen Seiler
03/15/14 12:06:10AM @helen-seiler:

G'day Mark, I went onto lulu.com to buy a soft cover version of your new TAB book but was unable to check how much they charge in shipping without progressing into the Checkout page. I have had a few nasty frights with Checkout pages andinternational shippingrates onbooks, which seems silly, but I guess they all have their own idea of a handling costs.

Anywayyyyyy, do you know how much they charge to send the bookto Australia? Thanks Helen


Lesley Lewis
02/22/14 11:26:08AM @lesley-lewis:

Hi Mark ... I'm honoured to be your friend ...and will follow that link tomorrow. many thanks.

Lesley


Ken Hulme
01/16/14 04:52:52PM @ken-hulme:

Ayup, I'll need a good email address anyway. Digital file I should be able to ship electronically. I'm away from the boat until next week, but once I'm back there I have a buddy who has all the good digital recording equipment.

I'll pick out five songs and record them back-to-back with an hourglass and a teardrop.


Karel Votanek
12/07/13 01:05:31AM @karel-votanek:

Hello Mark,es freut mich sehr,dass Du mich unter Deine Freunde eingeladen hast.Es ist fr mich groe Ehre.Schada ist,dass ich nicht englisch kann,nur tschechisch(ich bin aus Prag),deutsch(ich wohne in Deutschland),und russisch.Ich bin kein Profimusiker,wie Du,ich spiele aber hnliche Instrumente(Konzert-und E-Gitarre,Ziehharmonika,5-Seitiges Banjo und mehrere Kleininstrumente.Dudelsack aus Schotland liegt nur auf dem Schrank,Sitar aus Indien wartet im Eck,bis ich Zeit habe das Sitarspiel zu verstehen und lernen.)Also,nochmals vielen Dank!

Karel Votanek

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Susie
11/09/13 12:32:52PM @susie:

Hey Mark, do you still have your Doug Berch dulcimer? I'm going to be ordering a custom dulcimer from him. He and his wife are long-time friends of mine from Elderly Instruments in Lansing, MI. His dulcimers are beautiful (as is his playing).


Jim Damico
10/11/13 01:17:17PM @jim-bagsh:

Thanks for the friend request Mark. I've been watching your videos all morning. Amazing. Maybe some day I'll have 1% of your talent. Looking forward to seeing more of your playing in the future. :)


Carlos Eduardo Fermoseli Simas
05/17/13 12:50:26AM @carlos-eduardo-fermoseli-simas:

Hello Mark ! Very nice your arrangements, repertory and vdeos. Very good !113.gif


Alaska Pfeiff
04/02/13 03:39:22PM @alaska-pfeiff:

HI Mark,

Thanks for watching the video. Your playing is really quite accomplished--I see from your website that have been able to make a profession of it! How nice.

I AM interested in the possibility of lessons, but for the moment I am going to explore some online resources. I am heading into the Alaskan summer, during which time I am so busy that I won't be able to focus much on my new instrument. However, come next fall, I may be more interested!