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 • 6 days ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Love the One You're With":
"This one's so easy, anyone can play it. Stephen Stills classic, "Love the One You're With." Considering that he plays it in a dulcimer tuning (CCCCGC), I'd..."
Rockin' in the Free World
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Gilbert & Sullivan patter song from HMS Pinafore:
"Thanks, Zee -- Fleshing out Buttercup would be fun, but at the moment I have a bunch of other fun songs at the top of "the list." "
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Gilbert & Sullivan patter song from HMS Pinafore:
"Aw, thank you. I've also messed with "I'm Called Little Buttercup," and it's beautiful on the dulcimer, as well."
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • one month ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Heavy metal dulcimer - War Pigs":
"Black Sabbath's 1970 classic, "War Pigs," on solo electric dulcimer.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-2Uu0ZsC-w Chromatic, stereo electric dulcimer built by..."
Rockin' in the Free World
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Sweet Caroline -- on a sweet, new dulcimer:
"Thanks, Steven. I'll admit, it would be hard to truly play this song without enjoying oneself. "
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 2 months ago • comments: 2
Created a new Group discussion "Sweet Caroline -- on a sweet, new dulcimer":
"I think this is one of the few popular songs I actually knew in the '60s. Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" (which supposedly was inspired by a photo of..."
Rockin' in the Free World
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 3 months ago • 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 • 3 months ago • comments: 0
Created a new Group discussion "Chromatic dulcimer: David Bowie's "Space Oddity"":
"I bought a new reverb pedal recently, and messing around with it, this song kept sounding great with it. Classic by David Bowie, "Space Oddity," on..."
Rockin' in the Free World
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 3 months ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" 11/11/18:
"Belated thanks for your compliment, Lisa. (I like to acknowledge all comments I receive on FOMD, but apparently haven't been getting notifications.) Sam..."
Sam Edelston
@sam-edelston • 7 months ago • comments: 4
https://fotmd.com/sam-edelston/group_discuss/2274/gilbert-sullivan-patter-song-from-hms-pinafore

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Sam Edelston

Love the One You're With


This one's so easy, anyone can play it. Stephen Stills classic, "Love...
@Sam Edelston 6 days ago - Comments: 0
Sam Edelston

Heavy metal dulcimer - War Pigs


Black Sabbath's 1970 classic, "War Pigs," on solo electric dulcimer....
@Sam Edelston one month ago - 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 2 months ago - 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 5 months ago - Comments: 4
Sam Edelston

Gilbert & Sullivan patter song from HMS Pinafore


I recently taught a workshop on unusual chord voicings at August...
@Sam Edelston 7 months ago - Comments: 4
Sam Edelston

Queen on chromatic MD ... '39


Probably inspired by the fact that I had tickets to see a Queen tribute...
@Sam Edelston 11 months ago - Comments: 2
Sam Edelston

Everything's Alright, 5/4 tune from Jesus Christ, Superstar


It's strange that I received the soundtrack of "Jesus Christ,...
@Sam Edelston last year - Comments: 0
Sam Edelston

A Tale of Two Halls of Fame


A few years ago, I was in Cleveland, and I got to spend an afternoon at...
@Sam Edelston 2 years ago - Comments: 2
Sam Edelston

Blondie's jig, "Call Me"


I was a featured artist recently at the Folk Music Club of New York's...
@Sam Edelston 2 years ago - Comments: 2
Sam Edelston

Johnny B Goode


When I was first learning to play the guitar, one of the first books I...
@Sam Edelston 2 years ago - Comments: 2
Sam Edelston

"Fight Song" on acoustic & electric dulcimer


One of the most popular songs of the past year was Rachel Platten's...
@Sam Edelston 3 years ago - Comments: 0
Sam Edelston

Mamma Mia - ABBA (the group, not the tuning)


It's been way too long since I posted a new video. Here's the ABBA...
@Sam Edelston 3 years ago - Comments: 0
Sam Edelston

Joni Mitchell's "Carey", Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"


I left my Joni Mitchell and Jim Croce records in a drawer together, and...
@Sam Edelston 3 years ago - Comments: 0
Sam Edelston

Dulcimer with jazz trio


Bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott performed with Les Paul for ten years....
@Sam Edelston 3 years ago - Comments: 4
Sam Edelston

Desperado on a Dulcimer


I suspect there are a lot of Eagles fans here. The untimely passing of...
@Sam Edelston 3 years ago - Comments: 5
Sam Edelston

Good Girls Don't. (But I do. On a dulcimer.)


This song popped into my head a couple of weeks ago, and it seemed like...
@Sam Edelston 3 years ago - Comments: 0
Sam Edelston

Lucy in the Sky With Dulcimer


It feels like forever since I've posted anything new here. I hope this...
@Sam Edelston 4 years ago - Comments: 7
Sam Edelston

Me & Julio & a Dulcimer Down By the Schoolyard


I've been strumming this song for years, as accompaniment for singing....
@Sam Edelston 4 years ago - Comments: 10

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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