Mark Gilston

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Location: Cedar Park, TX
Country: US

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youtube videos: 106

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 • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Better than a dulcimer:
"Steven Berger: That kazoo sounds great, Mark! Who made it? It's got the true, old-timey kazoo sound! It's an old trombone kazoo made by The..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Better than a dulcimer:
"Gordon Hardy: Mark, Laugh out loud!!! I think that was Goodnight Ladies but I'm not a hundred percent sure. Please don't stop playing the dulcimer. Happy..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • yesterday • comments: 5
Posted a new YouTube video:
Better than a dulcimer
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 days ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Dancing in the Middle an original etude by Mark Gilston:
"Dusty Turtle: That's a model etude, Mark. It helps develop a specific technique while also representing a charming tune in its own right."
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Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Hand dance from Dobrudja (Dobrudzhansko Reka)
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
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La Cascada
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
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Pols from Finnskogen
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 weeks ago • comments: 1
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Porthole of the Kelp
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
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Tropanka
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
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Bartholomew Fair
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 4 weeks ago • comments: 1
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Polska after Back Far
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
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Jack in the Box
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • one month ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on 's Suserl (Bavarian folk dance):
"Zwiefachers are dances which have both measures of waltz and polka (and sometimes schottish).  They're fun to play and fun to dance to. They can be a puzzle..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • one month ago • comments: 2
Updated a YouTube Video:
's Suserl (Bavarian folk dance)
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • one month ago • comments: 2
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's Suserl (Bavarian folk dance)
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • one month ago • comments: 0
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Pols from Bergen
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • one month ago • comments: 1
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Dever the Dancer (slip jig)
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • one month ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on The Kookaburra song:
"I have tab for it in my book, Playing A Round With Dulcimers:..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 months ago • comments: 0
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Babylon Is Fallen
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 months ago • comments: 1
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Eck Robertson's Lost Indian
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 months ago • comments: 1
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 months ago • comments: 1
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Lilliburlero
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 months ago • comments: 1
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Stoney Point (or Pigtown Fling)
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 months ago • comments: 0
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Finnskog Pols
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Coppers and Brass set:
"Thanks Gordon,  That's quite a compliment  Gordon Hardy: There's nothing like a lively jig to stir up the blood. It's neat the way you can..."
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 months ago • comments: 3
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Coppers and Brass set
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Le Basque:
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Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 2 months ago • comments: 3
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Le Basque
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 3 months ago • comments: 0
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Schottish from Idre
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a new YouTube video:
Another Jig Will Do
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 3 months ago • comments: 1
Updated a YouTube Video:
Cuando Sali de Cuba
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 3 months ago • comments: 1
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Cuando Sali de Cuba
Mark Gilston
@mark-gilston • 3 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Red Bird:
"Gordon Hardy: Love them Texas fiddle tunes Mark!!  I'm pretty sure you do too. Thank you. Some of the for certain (:"

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Mark Gilston

Playford - English country dance tunes


I thought it would be nice to collect English country dance tunes in...
@Mark Gilston 5 years ago - Comments: 2

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Better than a dulcimer

Better than a dulcimer


@Mark Gilston
yesterday - Comments: 5
La Cascada

La Cascada


@Mark Gilston
2 weeks ago - Comments: 0
Pols from Finnskogen

Pols from Finnskogen


@Mark Gilston
2 weeks ago - Comments: 0
Porthole of the Kelp

Porthole of the Kelp


@Mark Gilston
2 weeks ago - Comments: 1
Tropanka

Tropanka


@Mark Gilston
3 weeks ago - Comments: 0
Bartholomew Fair

Bartholomew Fair


@Mark Gilston
3 weeks ago - Comments: 0
Polska after Back Far

Polska after Back Far


@Mark Gilston
4 weeks ago - Comments: 1
Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box


@Mark Gilston
4 weeks ago - Comments: 0
's Suserl (Bavarian folk dance)

's Suserl (Bavarian folk dance)


@Mark Gilston
one month ago - Comments: 2
Pols from Bergen

Pols from Bergen


@Mark Gilston
one month ago - Comments: 0
Dever the Dancer (slip jig)

Dever the Dancer (slip jig)


@Mark Gilston
one month ago - Comments: 1
Babylon Is Fallen

Babylon Is Fallen


@Mark Gilston
2 months ago - Comments: 0
Eck Robertson's Lost Indian

Eck Robertson's Lost Indian


@Mark Gilston
2 months ago - Comments: 1

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.