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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Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 6 days ago • comments: 1
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Old French
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Old French
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Mark Gilston
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Polska from Gräsmark after Lars i Kontare
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Mark Gilston
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Old Horse and Buggy
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
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Bol-Olles Schottish
Mark Gilston
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Sourwood Mountain
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Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • one month ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on When the Foeman Bares His Steel:
"Steven Berger: The music of Gilbert and Sullivan...difficult stuff, and you play it so well, Mark! Thanks Steven.  I love G&S and I've been..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • one month ago • comments: 2
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When the Foeman Bares His Steel
Mark Gilston
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Touch and Take
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • one month ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Swinging on a Gate:
"Thanks Jan Jan Potts: Whoa, Nellie!  Those are some mighty nimble fingers you've got there, Mark!  This is the best rendition I've ever heard of..."
Mark Gilston
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Swinging on a Gate
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Manman'm Voyé'm Pote Kafé
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 months ago • comments: 1
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Tyrolian Music Box
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 months ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Questions about buying a dulcimer.:
"I don't recommend a 1 1/2 fret for beginners, but for anyone of intermediate or advanced level who wants to use chords, the fret is essential.  It is not a..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 months ago • comments: 19
Posted a new Comment on Questions about buying a dulcimer.:
"Strumelia: Some advice:  If one opts for any extra frets, be sure to get them in their matched PAIR: for example the 6.5 fret and its 'sister' the 13.5..."
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Shooting Creek
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Skalarna
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Denis Murphy's Slide
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Betty Larkin
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Wedding March from Rattvik
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Peep O'Day
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Angeline the Baker
Mark Gilston
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Created a new forum topic "New TAB book of Scandinavian tunes from Mark Gilston":
"My new tablature book Scandinavian Tunes for Mountain Dulcimer is now available at lulu . com. It has many of the tunes on my CD, “Dulcimer Hambo” plus other..."
Mark Gilston
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Bonny Bonny Broome
Mark Gilston
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Chorale Etude
Mark Gilston
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Chorale Etude
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Espan
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Emma's Waltz

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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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Old French

Old French


@Mark Gilston
6 days ago - Comments: 1
Old Horse and Buggy

Old Horse and Buggy


@Mark Gilston
2 weeks ago - Comments: 1
Bol-Olles Schottish

Bol-Olles Schottish


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3 weeks ago - Comments: 0
Sourwood Mountain

Sourwood Mountain


@Mark Gilston
4 weeks ago - Comments: 1
When the Foeman Bares His Steel

When the Foeman Bares His Steel


@Mark Gilston
one month ago - Comments: 2
Touch and Take

Touch and Take


@Mark Gilston
one month ago - Comments: 0
Swinging on a Gate

Swinging on a Gate


@Mark Gilston
one month ago - Comments: 2
Manman'm Voyé'm Pote Kafé

Manman'm Voyé'm Pote Kafé


@Mark Gilston
one month ago - Comments: 0
Tyrolian Music Box

Tyrolian Music Box


@Mark Gilston
2 months ago - Comments: 1
Shooting Creek

Shooting Creek


@Mark Gilston
2 months ago - Comments: 0
Skalarna

Skalarna


@Mark Gilston
2 months ago - Comments: 1
Denis Murphy's Slide

Denis Murphy's Slide


@Mark Gilston
2 months ago - Comments: 0

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?


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


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!


John E. Wood
01/09/13 10:00:19AM @john-e-wood:

You're welcome Mark. It's amazing to me how you come up with the traditional songs from all of the different countries. They are wonderful. Best wishes.


Susie
11/19/12 02:39:43PM @susie:

Mark, I'm not sure if you read what I put on the "Little Dulcimers" page, so, I'll thank you here, just in case. I had asked you some questions about getting a travel dulcimer, specifically about Ron Ewing's. You gave me alot of great advice and things to think about. In the end, I evaluated my personal "wants" in a travel dulcimer, and decided to go with Mike Clemmer's TN Sweetie, Church model. I wanted to stay in the key of D and didn't want to go overly small (octave dulcimer). I liked the reviews that Mike's Sweetie (Church) got with the deeper body. After talking to Connie on the phone, I decided to go ahead and order one. So, it will have a sassafras top and a walnut body. I think it will be everything I'm looking for and I am really excited to get it. I know Ron's dulcimers are top notch and I appreciate all your advice. I think you'll agree that there are several great choices out there. Thanks for your help and posting great video's to watch.