Sam Edelston

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Location: Cos Cob, CT
Country: US

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As a teenager, I fell in love with the sound of the hammered dulcimer, and been going to dulcimer festivals since I was 21, but I assumed that mountain dulcimer couldn't be interesting because, after all, how much could you do with only 3 (or 4) strings? Then, in 2004, I became the founding chair of the Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival , and decided I should get to know the other side of the family.

Just as "The Folk" played the songs that were familiar to them, I played the songs that were familiar to me.

I've discovered that 3 strings actually are an advantage, rather than a handicap. I can do things on a 3-string dulcimer that I can't do on a 6-string guitar. I believe that dulcimers ought to be familiar to the general public, and widely used in popular forms of music, and I've posted several dozen videos on YouTube show the diverse things you can do with this instrument -- everything from folk to rock, country, bluegrass, opera, even tango. One of those videos -- a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" on electric dulcimer, had the cosmic good fortune to go viral, and is one of the most viewed mountain dulcimer videos on YouTube.

(By the way, for venues that can't allow ASCAP or BMI songs, I have plenty of public domain and original repertoire, too.)

Dulcimers are easier to learn than guitars, easier to tune, lighter weight, and less expensive. While guitars also are wonderful, I see dulcimers as a more logical entry-level instrument. I believe there should be millions of dulcimer players in this country.

My personal philosophy is this:

A. I like the ratio of 3 strings for my 5 fingers. 

B. I chose to focus on one tuning, and learn it inside-out, rather than playing in multiple tunings.

C#. If a song requires a note I don't have, I'd rather add frets than adding strings or changing the tuning.

D. Any song is fair game.

I've performed and/or taught for many years at dulcimer festivals and a variety of folk venues around the Northeast, been on the faculty at Kentucky Music Week twice, and been featured at festivals as far away as Minnesota and Louisiana. 

PS - My profile pic here is me playing a school gig here in Connecticut. Five lunch periods of elementary school kids. I can tell from the blindfold that I was playing "Pinball Wizard."

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Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hey, hey, it's "I'm a Believer":
"Thanks for loving it, Steven! Personally, I see it as a matter of personal tastes, rather than competition, so it's fine with me whether you like..."
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • one week ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Hey, hey, it's "I'm a Believer":
"@Dusty It's amazing what staying power this song has had over more than (gulp) 50 years. I just did a quick play-through of Daydream Believer. Yup, that..."
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • one week ago • comments: 4
Created a new Group discussion "Hey, hey, it's "I'm a Believer"":
"I was a Monkees fan growing up, yet it somehow never occurred to me to try this song until last weekend. I love how it fits on the instrument. Tuned DAD,..."
Rockin' in the Free World
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 3 weeks ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (ONLINE!!):
"My concert set list is pretty much final. We're gonna have some fun in "virtual Berkeley" Friday evening! Sam"
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 2 months ago • comments: 14
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 2 months ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Berkeley Dulcimer Gathering (ONLINE!!):
"Hi, all - I'm looking forward to meeting everybody at BDG next month -- wherever in the country or world you are! FYI, the concert was moved an hour..."
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 3 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Wild Horses on a Dulcimer:
"Thanks, Steven -- I've got to get more gigs in Jersey. Then again, at the moment, everybody's got to get more gigs everyplace.  Sam"
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 3 months ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Wild Horses on a Dulcimer:
"Thanks,  @Dusty-Turtle . Hopefully, wild horses or viral causes won't keep me away from finally meeting you in May. Sam"
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 3 months ago • comments: 4
Created a new Group discussion "Wild Horses on a Dulcimer":
"Okay, it's not about horses riding on a dulcimer, or even doing dressage on one, but I couldn't resist using that as the title. Here's my cover of the..."
Rockin' in the Free World
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • last year • comments: 0
Happy New Year to my friends and followers on FOTMD. Let there be peace on earth - outer space isn't a good alternative yet.

If everyone played dulcimers, we could all live in harmony.

Sam Edelston
https://fotmd.com/sam-edelston/group_discuss/2334/chromatic-dulcimer-david-bowies-space-oddity
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 2 years ago • comments: 4
https://fotmd.com/sam-edelston/group_discuss/2274/gilbert-sullivan-patter-song-from-hms-pinafore

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Sam Edelston

Hey, hey, it's "I'm a Believer"


I was a Monkees fan growing up, yet it somehow never occurred to me to...
@Sam Edelston one week ago - Comments: 4
Sam Edelston

Wild Horses on a Dulcimer


Okay, it's not about horses riding on a dulcimer, or even doing...
@Sam Edelston 3 months ago - Comments: 4
Sam Edelston

Born to Run with power tools


From my recent show at The Bitter End, in New York City. I closed my...
@Sam Edelston 4 months ago - Comments: 2
Sam Edelston

Come Together in concert


Last week, I had the honor of playing a show at The Bitter End in...
@Sam Edelston 4 months ago - Comments: 0
Sam Edelston

Rockin' Auld Lang Syne


It's a rare treat when I can post a "rock" song that's actually public...
@Sam Edelston 5 months ago - Comments: 0
Sam Edelston

Cheap Trick on Dulcimer


I first heard this song in college, and I've always found it catchy....
@Sam Edelston 6 months ago - Comments: 3
Sam Edelston

Punk dulcimer - I Wanna Be Sedated


In a Facebook group, somebody's phone said "Sedated," instead of the...
@Sam Edelston 7 months ago - Comments: 6
Sam Edelston

"The Toy Song" (musical mashup)


A friend and I created this musical collision of Chuck Berry and Tom...
@Sam Edelston 8 months ago - Comments: 0
Sam Edelston

Billy Joel cover -- "You May Be Right"


Yesterday, this song wasn't in my repertoire. But I quoted a couple of...
@Sam Edelston 11 months ago - Comments: 3
Sam Edelston

Katy Perry cover: "Never Really Over"


I heard this song on the radio recently and knew I had to learn it....
@Sam Edelston 11 months ago - Comments: 3
Sam Edelston

Ooo-eee-oo-ah-ah...


I was at a festival where Gary Sager was vending, and saw this baby...
@Sam Edelston last year - Comments: 3
Sam Edelston

Born to Run - chromatic bari - in concert


I grew up musically in an organization called the Folk Project, an...
@Sam Edelston last year - Comments: 7
Sam Edelston

Shake, Rattle, and Roll (and Strum!)


For the past month, I had temporary use of a solidbody electric...
@Sam Edelston last year - Comments: 2
Sam Edelston

Wild Thing - on 5 electric dulcimers


I'll admit it. I took the world's simplest song, and made it so...
@Sam Edelston last year - Comments: 4
Sam Edelston

Love the One You're With


This one's so easy, anyone can play it. Stephen Stills classic, "Love...
@Sam Edelston last year - Comments: 0
Sam Edelston

Heavy metal dulcimer - War Pigs


Black Sabbath's 1970 classic, "War Pigs," on solo electric dulcimer....
@Sam Edelston last year - Comments: 0
Sam Edelston

Sweet Caroline -- on a sweet, new dulcimer


I think this is one of the few popular songs I actually knew in the...
@Sam Edelston last year - Comments: 2
Sam Edelston

Chromatic dulcimer: David Bowie's "Space Oddity"


I bought a new reverb pedal recently, and messing around with it, this...
@Sam Edelston 2 years ago - Comments: 0
Sam Edelston

"And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" 11/11/18


I had a showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference...
@Sam Edelston 2 years ago - Comments: 2
Sam Edelston

The Masochism Tango, on chromatic dulcimer


I was at a Birdland, the renowned New York jazz club, where Les Paul's...
@Sam Edelston 2 years ago - Comments: 5

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Vlillik
08/16/16 10:42:45AM @vlillik:

That would be great Sam, in D.  Unsure how to send a private message with snail mail in it?

I have being trying my best as a beginner and intro could be:

D 000   Em 113    

D 000   D 230   

D 000   Em 113

D 000   ? 230

Verse 1: D 000   D 234

Em 113   D 000   A 404

D 000   A 404   ? 424

A 101   Em 113   112  E 111   D 000

Verse 2 the same

Bridge is difficult, something like:

D 002   C 646

E 111  Em 113   E 111

446   D 224

112   

D 000   A 404   D 234

A 101   Em 113   112   111   000

Repeat V 1 & 2

The outro same as last line in the Verses but final 2 notes don't sound right Em 113  then D 000

Maybe comments as a tutor, it helps learning chords?


Vlillik
08/15/16 10:18:02AM @vlillik:

Hi Sam

Thanks :)

Please could you give me the tablature chords in C for: Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree?  C  Gdim   Dm   G7   D7   Bb

 I've tried doing it but can't find all the equivalent ones (my music is for ukelele) and my music theory is basic. Eg: are you using C as 666 or 646; Gdim 335? Can't find others. 

I'd be very grateful if you could provide me with the tablature in C  :)


Vlillik
08/09/16 06:36:01AM @vlillik:

Wow, your: Don't sit Under The Apple Tree is amazing!  I play in a ukulele group and this is one of ours.  Last month I purchased a MD and this has to be one of the songs I learn.  I'm a beginner so this is truly inspirational, thank you.


Mike Volker
06/05/14 10:01:40PM @mike-volker:

Hi Sam

My email address is bionicman@frontier.com

Thanks,

Mike


Mark Filler
08/25/13 05:12:08PM @mark-filler:

Thanks... I talked with Robert Force about a year ago and he said there was a project in the works to make it but I never heard more... Do you know if this differs a lot from the blue Lion Force/D'Ossche model with a pick up?


Mark Filler
08/25/13 02:45:05PM @mark-filler:

Hi Sam:

I live near Rod Matheson and I have a dulcimer he made in about 1976...How do I reach him about getting a dulcimer like yours...6 string electric?


Pine
04/09/12 10:43:05AM @pine:

Thanks for the response Sam. I thought for sure there was some editing involved to move from one effect to another. I also initially thought you were playing bass (multitracking) but was amazed that you got that sound from EQ on the 'buckers. I find the whole thing really creative and downright inspiring. Music hath no boundaries!!

Pine


Pine
04/09/12 07:08:55AM @pine:

Loved his tune!...great playing with really creative flourishes and nice dynamics. Cool how you worked in the effects. What are you using for a preamp? How did you add in the effects? Software editing? Great rocker here..nice one!

Pine


Bill Lewis
08/28/10 05:00:07PM @bill-lewis:
Welcome to FOTMD Sam. Grin.gif
Sue Simms
08/21/10 06:47:14PM @sue-simms:
Wecome Sam, good to see another FOTMD ! Smile.gif
Rod Westerfield
08/21/10 12:48:41PM @rod-westerfield:
welcome Sam .. glad ya joined the FOTMD family.. 103.gif
Strumelia
08/21/10 07:32:50AM @strumelia:
Hello Sam, so glad you could join us!
John Henry
08/21/10 06:41:06AM @john-henry:
Hi Sam, glad to have you here with us!JohnH